Co-op Live’s VIP membership will give your business clients a world-class night out

It’s the new world-class venue that will bring more than 100 of the best global acts to Manchester each year – and make an already vibrant city into one of the global leaders for live entertainment. Co-op Live, which is set to open its doors in December 2023, is poised to host everything from superstar concerts to sports events – bringing world-renowned names to a venue, which, at capacity, will welcome in more than 23,000 guests to what will become the UK’s largest arena.

Alongside everything that Co-op Live will offer – which includes bars, restaurants and clubs – there’s the chance to secure a VIP experience, including access to the venue’s premium lounges, with AMP membership, through which you can provide your business clients with the perfect seat.

AMP membership offers year-round access to the best seats in the house at the venue, alongside enjoying the exclusive member’s club at Co-op Live – which, located on the Etihad Campus, will showcase live music, sport, comedy, award shows and familyentertainment.

Through membership you’ll secure your own seat for shows, alongside benefits including:

  • AMP member’s private VIP entrance
  • Annual membership to enjoy premium experiences all year round
  • Contemporary style cuisine
  • Premium seats with amazing views of the stage
  • Access to premium lounges before and after shows
  • Looked after by the dedicated AMP Team.

Relax in the North Lounge at Co-op Live

To secure your place at the front of the queue, when they go on sale later this year, you can simply place your fully refundable AMP membership deposit of £100. The team will then be in touch with more information. visit to find out more.

The UK’s biggest arena

Co-op Live – which will be the UK’s biggest arena – will confirm Manchester as one of the world’s largest live entertainment markets. Alongside bringing an extra 120 events and 1.3 million visitors annually to the city, Co-op Live has been designed to feel like an intimate nightclub.

This atmosphere has been achieved through a “black box” bowl design that brings fans closer to the stage and a low ceiling height to improve acoustics and create intimacy. The black box design also offers a unique black canvas for artists, and boasts the largest floor configuration for a standing gig.

Backed by investors, Oak View Group, City Football Group and superstar Harry Styles, the £365m venue will announce its first acts in September.


The new arena is called Co-op Live following a naming rights partnership with the Co-op, which will see Co-op members get exclusive benefits including pre-sale tickets – underpinning the venue’s commitment to giving back.

A range of world-leading brands, led by Co-op as naming rights partner, have joined the project as official partners and sponsors. These include official drinks supplier Diageo and official motor retailer Bristol Street Motors, as well as Britvic, Elavon, Unilever, and Schneider Electric.

Co-op Live is pioneering gigs that give back, with a commitment that more than £1m will be donated to local and national good causes each year, and all partners have agreed to make annual donations.

The spectacular arena bowl at Co-op Live
The spectacular arena bowl at Co-op Live

job creation

The construction project, the single-largest in the city, will create 3,350 construction jobs, including apprenticeships for local people, and 1,000 roles and apprenticeships on completion of the venue. This boost to the regional economy will, over the next 20 years, create an additional impact of £1.5bn in the local area.

The East and South Gallery lounge at Co-op Live
The East and South Gallery lounge at Co-op Live

A sustainable future

Co-op Live has been designed with sustainability at its core. The building will be fully powered by electricity, with a solar powered roof, rainwater harvesting, heat source technologies, and LED lighting.

Construction materials are also locally sourced where possible and the venue is committed to zero waste to landfill and reduced packaging. The team behind the venue is currently working in partnership with sustainability consultants Hope Solutions, to ensure it is on track to deliver its net zero carbon goals – to achieve net zero carbon by 2038.

To find out more about the premium experiences you can enjoy with AMP Membership, visit

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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