Co-op Live Arena is due to open its doors in December 2023. But who will perform at the UK’s largest indoor events venue in its opening year? Keep reading to find out our predictions.

Manchester's music scene is abuzz with anticipation for the new Co-op Live Arena opening in 2023. As one of the UK's most iconic and vibrant music cities, Manchester has a rich history of producing legendary artists and hosting unforgettable concerts.

With the launch of the state-of-the-art Co-op Live Arena on the horizon, fans are eagerly speculating about which artists could take the stage at this exciting new venue. From global superstars to local legends, the possibilities are endless.

In this blog, we will delve into the realm of music predictions and explore some of the potential artists who could grace the stage of Manchester's new Co-op Live Arena.

So, grab your headphones, turn up the volume, and let's embark on a thrilling journey of musical speculation.

Which Artists Could Headline Co-op Live?

Take That

Our first prediction is the iconic boy band Take That, who would be the perfect act to open the new arena for several reasons. Firstly, the band's roots are deeply connected to Manchester, as it is their hometown.

With their enduring popularity and massive fan base, Take That would undoubtedly draw a considerable crowd, creating a buzz and excitement for the arena's launch.

Additionally, their energetic and visually stunning live performances and hit-filled discography spanning over three decades would make for an unforgettable opening act.

Take That's music has brought people together. Their performance could be a fitting celebration of Manchester's vibrant music scene and a nod to the arena's role as a new cultural hub in the city.


With rumours currently circulating that legendary Britpop band Oasis could finally be reuniting, they are our next prediction to play at Co-Op Live.  

As one of the most iconic bands ever to come out of Manchester, Oasis are no-brainer when thinking of acts that could perform at the UK’s largest new arena this year. The band has a deep connection to the city's music scene and a colossal following of loyal fans.

Known for their anthemic hits, powerful live performances, and captivating stage presence, Oasis has a reputation for delivering memorable concerts. And with Co-op Live's state-of-the-art facilities and capacity to host large crowds, the ‘Slide Away’ singers could blow the roof off.

With their Manchester roots, star power, and legendary status, Oasis are could be a compelling choice for the arena's 2023 artist line-up.

Harry Styles

Not many names come above Harry Styles on the list when thinking about modern-day pop stars. The former One Direction member turned global superstar and actor is our next choice for possible Co-op Live performers in 2023.

As an investor in the venue, it is a huge possibility that the Birmingham-born star could grace the stage at the arena. With his unique style, soulful voice, and charismatic stage presence, Styles has established himself as a top solo artist with a distinct musical identity.

His chart-topping hits, along with his fashion-forward image and inclusive message of self-expression, make him a relevant and appealing choice for the arena's diverse audience.

Styles' dynamic performances and undeniable star power could make for a truly special concert experience for Co-op Live Arena's opening year.

New Order

Our next prediction is another Manchester-based band, New Order, formed by the remaining members of Joy Division after the death of lead singer Ian Curtis.

The pioneering electronic rock group could be a fitting act to grace the stage of Manchester's new Co-op Live Arena in 2023. Emerging from Manchester's post-punk scene, New Order has a rich history in the city and a dedicated fan base.

Known for their innovative fusion of rock, pop, and electronic music, New Order's influential sound has earned them critical acclaim and a loyal following. Their iconic hits, such as ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’, are timeless classics that would resonate with audiences of all ages.

As trailblazers in the music industry and Manchester locals, New Order's performance at the Co-op Live Arena could be a celebration of their enduring legacy and Manchester's vibrant music culture.


Formed in Manchester in 2006, indie rock band Courteeners are one of the most popular UK bands around at the minute. Hot off the back of two massive Heaton Park gigs and with a third scheduled for this year, the band are familiar with playing to large crowds in their hometown.  

Known for their catchy anthemic tunes such as ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ and ‘Better Man’, Courteeners have a reputation for delivering energetic live performances. And the Heaton Park gigs showcase their ability to pull in an audience fit to fill the new arena.

Their music captures the spirit of Manchester, with relatable lyrics that resonate with the city's residents. As natives of Manchester, Courteeners would bring a local touch to the Co-op Live Arena, making them a perfect fit for the venue's inaugural year.

The 1975

Next on our predictions list is another Manchester band, The 1975. The popular British pop-rock band, formed in 2002, would be a fantastic act to play at Manchester's new Co-op Live Arena in 2023.

Famous for their unique blend of alternative rock, pop, and electronic music, The 1975 have gained a massive global following with hits such as ‘Somebody Else’, ‘It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)’, and ‘Chocolate’.

Their enthralling live performances, complete with elaborate stage setups and theatrical visuals, would make for a mesmerising show for fans and music lovers alike. The 1975 would undoubtedly draw a massive crowd and add to the excitement of the Co-op Live Arena's lineup.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

If Oasis don't reunite in 2023, we could still see former band member and chief songwriter Noel Gallagher hit the Co-op Live stage along with his ‘High Flying Birds’.

As a legendary figure in British rock music, Gallagher has a rich history with Manchester, having grown up there and going on to form probably the biggest band ever to come out of the city.

Known for his supreme hit-making ability and powerful vocals, Gallagher continues to create critically acclaimed music with his ‘High Flying Birds’ project.

With a vast catalogue of hits spanning his Oasis days to his solo career, Gallagher's performance at the Co-op Live Arena would celebrate Manchester's musical heritage and showcase his timeless talent, drawing fans from all over to witness a true rock legend in action.

Liam Gallagher

Our next prediction is Manchester’s prodigal son, Liam Gallagher. The former Oasis frontman turned solo sensation is riding high off the back of his historic Knebworth Park gigs and would be the perfect choice to perform at Manchester’s newest music venue.

Gallagher has a special connection with the people of Manchester. Known for his distinctive voice and charismatic stage presence, Gallagher's solo career has seen him continue to produce hit songs that captivate audiences.

With his iconic swagger and raspy vocal delivery, a Liam Gallagher performance at the Co-op Live Arena would be a high-energy showcase of his rock 'n' roll persona, drawing in fans from across generations to witness his legendary presence on stage.

Chemical Brothers

Next on our list is The Chemical Brothers, the British electronic music duo consisting of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. They would be an incredible act to play at Manchester's new Co-op Live Arena in 2023.

Known for their ground-breaking blend of dance, techno, and rock music, The Chemical Brothers have been pioneers in the electronic music scene for decades.

With their Grammy-winning albums and jaw-dropping live performances featuring mesmerising visuals and pulsating beats, The Chemical Brothers have a reputation for delivering immersive and unforgettable shows.

As Manchester has a rich history of electronic music culture, The Chemical Brothers' innovative sound and genre-defying performances would be a perfect fit for the Co-op Live Arena, promising an exhilarating experience for electronic music fans and beyond.


Last on our list is rising British rapper and songwriter Aitch. Hailing from the city, he would be an exciting act to play at Manchester's new Co-op Live Arena.

Aitch has gained widespread acclaim for his unique blend of grime, rap, and melodic hooks, showcasing his exceptional talent and distinctive style. As a local talent, Aitch embodies the spirit and energy of Manchester's vibrant music scene.

With his infectious tracks, charismatic stage presence, and persistent connection to his hometown, Aitch would undoubtedly bring an electrifying performance to the Co-op Live Arena, showcasing the talent and diversity of Manchester's music culture.

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