Co-op Live: Travis Scott gig announced, amid opening issues

Travis Scott on stage in Houston, 5 November
Rapper Travis Scott has just announced a European tour, following a sell-out run in the US [Getty Images]

Co-op Live has announced it will host a Travis Scott gig in July, amid continuing issues around its opening.

"Travis Scott's Utopia - Circus Maximus Tour is set to continue this summer with a headline performance here at Co-op Live on 13 July 2024," the Manchester venue posted on social media.

Co-op Live is set to become the largest arena in the UK, holding 23,500 people.

But its opening, scheduled for April, has been beset by delays.

Technical issue

After a gig by another US rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, was called off following a "technical issue" during a soundcheck - in which a nozzle from the ventilation and air-conditioning system reportedly fell from the ceiling - Co-op Live said it was taking "a short pause to fully ensure the safety and security of fans and artists visiting the venue".

Olivia Rodrigo and Keane had to cancel performances as a result.

Others, including Take That, moved their gigs to the rival AO Arena.

And so far, Co-op Live has staged only a test event featuring Rick Astley.

The letter handed to fans outside the arena
Fans outside the arena were handed this letter, earlier this month [BBC]

But the venue has now said it does not "expect further impact on our opening season", adding: "We look forward to welcoming you to the arena from 14 May 2024."

British band Elbow are now scheduled to be Co-op Live's opening act.

The Eagles, Nicki Minaj, Pet Shop Boys, Stevie Nicks and Eric Clapton are also all due to play the arena.

Following a sell-out run in the US, Scott has just announced a European tour also including his largest UK headline show, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, on 11 July.

The tour is promoting his fourth - and first UK number one - album, Utopia.

Last July, Scott had to cancel a show in front of Egypt's pyramids, because of "complex production issues".

In 2021, Scott, 33, performed at the Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas, at which 10 people died after fans surged towards the stage.