To make your life easier, we have pulled together the ultimate guide of ‘everything you need to know’ when attending events at Co-op Live. From getting to and from the venue, to where to stay and eat nearby, to what other things you can get stuck into across the city.

Co-op Live: Setting a New Standard for the City's Entertainment 

Manchester’s newest music venue and the UK’s biggest indoor arena (23.5k Capacity), Co-op Live has finally opened its doors. Going forward it will be one of Manchester’s main music venues, with the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Stevie Nicks and Noah Kahan playing this summer and other big names performing throughout the year.  

Catching a gig at Co-op Live?

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And if you want to make it extra special why not look at the premium experiences Co-op Live has to offer including access to the AMP Club, Gallery Suite, Private Suite, and The Bentley Record Room.

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Where is Co-op Live? 

For those unfamiliar with the location of Co-op Live, it is located East of the city over by Etihad Stadium and right next to Etihad Campus tram stop, a short journey from the city centre on the Ashton-Eccles Metrolink Line.  

Getting Here:

There are several ways you can get to the venue:

  • Tram – Ashton-Eccles Metrolink Line 
  • Bus – 53, 216, 230
  • Train – Avanti West Coast, Northern, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry and Transport for Wales  
  • Car – Limited parking spaces
  • On foot – From Piccadilly it takes around 25 minutes

For more departure times, journey planning, tickets and travel information click here 

Tram Information

Co-op Live extends free tram travel for gig-goers until end of July click to read more.

Fans with a valid arena event ticket can use the Metrolink from four hours before, and up to four hours after (depending on the timing of each show). The initiative remains active across all four Metrolink zones.

You can access the Ashton-Eccles Metrolink Line via: 

  • Deansgate – Castlefield 
  • St. Peter’s Square 
  • Piccadilly Gardens 
  • Piccadilly Station 
  • New Islington 

Plan your journey via Metrolink

Co-op Live also offer their own 'Getting Here' information 

Getting home: 

It is advised to plan return travel in advance of arriving at Co-op Live and to take into consideration operating hours across public transport links.  


Other modes of transport 

The ‘CityLink’ walking route

Plans are currently underway to implement interactive lighting installations, busking spots for local talent and pop-up food and drink stalls. This is to offer a safe, well-lit alternative to getting home. With the venue only being a 25-minute walk from Piccadilly it is going to be a great addition to the city as we head into summer.

Where to stay: 

For those wanting to experience the most of the city and stay central, Ancoats and Piccadilly would be your best options.  

Ancoats has become a lively, vibrant neighbourhood full of trendy bars and restaurants. A hidden gem worth visiting, especially if you are visiting for the first time! 

Additionally, Piccadilly is one of Manchester’s key central points, and allows you to access any destination, venue, or attraction within minutes.


Sometimes it can be stressful looking for accommodation or you just might not know where to start. 

Below is a list of hotels that are close to or near transport links to the venue.

Hotels near to Co-op Live:

Motel One

There are three Motel One Hotels across the city – Royal Exchange, St. Peter’s Square and…

For more information head to our ‘Where to Stay’ page. 

Eating at Co-op Live

Co-op Live will be sourcing all local produce with 32 bars and restaurants inside the venue. You are expected to be spoilt for choice!

Our top picks


Diecast is a new creative neighbourhood from the team behind Ramona and The Firehouse. The 5,000…


Pizza from Detroit by the slice. Margaritas by the Litre. What else could you want from a venue? The…


Dishoom pays loving homage to the Irani cafés and food of all Bombay. Open for breakfast, lunch…


Maray, nestled in Lincoln Square, City Centre, draws inspiration from the vibrant arrondissement of…


Côte is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, championing relaxed all-day dining and serving…

Sexy Fish

In the heart of Manchester, Sexy Fish is an Asian restaurant and bar specializing in…

Making a weekend of it?

Why not explore some of the city's main attractions while you are over.

Here are our top picks:


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We hope you find this helpful, enjoy your trip and make sure to tag #VisitManchester on socials for a chance to feature!