’More useless than a Co-op self checkout’: The funniest online reactions to chaos at Manchester’s Co-op Live

Liam Gallagher and Count Binface are among those reacting to Manchester's ‘Co-op Flop‘

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton
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Co-op Live arena, Manchester
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Manchester's Co-op Live is having a right ’mare. Originally meant to open last week, the massive £365 million arena is cancelling gig after gig and has faced resignations, power supply issues and air con units reportedly falling from the ceiling. 

One BBC report of the venue’s test event with Rick Astley said: ‘Most of the seating was shut, as were bars and food outlets outside one main concourse. Even then, food ran short, an escalator was not working, some toilets were without toilet roll or functioning hand dryers, and there were some temporary wires and floor coverings.’

Olivia Rodrigo fans were left bitterly disappointed when her shows were postponed this week and Take That have pre-emptively switched their shows to the rival AO Arena around the corner. 

Naturally, the internet is living for all the drama. Here are all of our favourite reactions to the Co-op Live chaos. 

 Politicians in London have weighed in on the discussion

People are picturing absolute carnage

Others are already prepping for its funeral

We hate to be the bearers of bad news...

It's just best not to ask at this point

Thoughts are with the people doing damage control

At least you can make a catchy song out of it

The Willy Wonka experience walked so the Co-op Live could run

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