Global superstar Harry Styles invests in his home city
PUBLISHED: 09:42 26 October 2020 | UPDATED: 14:39 26 October 2020
HELENE MARIE PAMBRUN
Harry Styles: from Holmes Chapel
Co-op to the biggest arena in the UK
Musician, actor and global superstar Harry Styles, who started his working life as a paperboy at the Co-op in his hometown of Holmes Chapel, is investing in Manchester’s new Co-op Live arena, which will be the largest in the UK when it opens in 2023.
The arena was given planning approval in September and is set to open in 2023.
As well as investing capital in the arena scheme, Harry will also be actively involved in the development of the project, working alongside OVG on Co-op Live, with its focus on fans, premium and hospitality areas and artist spaces.
OVG says Co-op Live is the first arena to be built with an equal focus on artists and fans by offering the best experiences and sound. From the largest standing floor capacity in the UK, to a range of premium tickets, the arena will be designed to provide fair financial opportunities for artists while offering fans access to tickets at a wide, and accessible, range of prices.
Harry Styles: “I’m incredibly proud and excited to be partnering with OVG on their plans for Co-op Live. Manchester is an incredible city, filled with incredible people, and I couldn’t be happier being involved in this project. It very much feels like coming home.
“I was drawn to this project on every level, from the opportunities it brings to the contribution it will make to the city, and most importantly, that it will allow even more live music to thrive in Manchester. It’s just another sign that this amazing city continues to grow.”
Francesca Bodie, OVG’s President of Business Development, said: “At OVG our vision is driven by a unique view that puts fans and artists first in every decision we make. There’s no artist in the world right now better placed than Harry to advise us on delivering a first-class experience for visitors and artists at Co-op Live.”
“We’re focused on building one of the world’s best arenas in Manchester and Harry’s advice and consultation is going to be invaluable as we work to deliver that.”
Co-op Live represents a £350m private investment in Manchester and will generate 3,500 jobs during construction, providing a much-needed boost to the city’s economy. It will support a further 1,000 jobs during operation and bring more events to the city. The arena will be located on the Etihad Campus and has been designed as the most sustainable arena in Europe. The partnership with Co-op will see the venue generate at least £1m annually for good causes both locally in Manchester and across the UK.