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I spent £1,500 on a trip to see Olivia Rodrigo at Co-op Live

Image source, Danielle Nolan

Screenshot, Danielle Nolan and daughter ‘cried all morning’ after concerts canceled

Danielle Nolan decided to give her 10-year-old daughter tickets to see Olivia Rodrigo at the Co-op Live stadium as a Christmas present, spending £500 on tickets and hundreds more on flights and hotels.

But her daughter’s dream gig turned into an “absolute nightmare” after the £365million Manchester venue had to cancel the singer-songwriter’s gigs this weekend and postpone its opening again.

“She’s absolutely devastated,” Nolan, 36, from Belfast, tells BBC News.

“I’ve cried all morning.

“In total, between flights, hotel tickets and clothes, it has cost me more than £1,500.”

“Absolutely devastated”

Speaking about how stadium bosses have handled its launch, Mrs Nolan says: “I’m disgusted.

“If the venue wasn’t up to par, why do they offer sold-out shows?

“There will be people who will travel from all over, at the cost of a lot of money, and who will now be absolutely devastated.”

Screenshot, Rodrigo was due to start his UK tour at Co-op Live.

Marie Imrie, from Wakefield, W Yorks, was due to see Rodrigo with her 11-year-old daughter.

She was initially reluctant to book tickets at a new venue due to the risk of delays, but “I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make her happy.”

It would have been her daughter’s first concert and she was left “in floods of tears.”

“Honestly, it broke my heart to tell her, while I was surrounded by her bracelet sets, busy making bracelets for the concert,” Imrie says.

“I paid hundreds of pounds for the tickets and then I didn’t want to be stranded late in the center of Manchester, so I booked a £200 hotel.

“I understand that safety is paramount, but I don’t understand why Co-op hired artists so close to the completion date.

“Common sense would prevail and problems would arise.

“I wish I hadn’t trusted them in the first place.”

Screenshot, Co-op Live will be the largest indoor stadium in the UK

William Bruce, from Larkhall, Lanarkshire, was also taking his 11-year-old daughter, who cried all night after discovering the news.

“Money doesn’t matter, but my daughter’s feelings do,” he says.

“I have a complaint with all the sand.

“Management must have had a plan.

“Maybe they shouldn’t have hired the artists so close to the completion time.

“It’s not just the money, it’s the emotional impact on people.

“It all seems a little rushed.”

Screenshot, Aimee (right) bought tickets as a surprise for her friend Grace.

Another fan, Aimee, 16, from Manchester, bought tickets as a surprise for her friend Grace.

“I fought to get these tickets and they were snatched from under my nose at the last minute,” Aimee tells BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme.

‘Exaggerating’

Grace says she’s “never been happier in my entire life” than when she was given the tickets.

“It was incredible,” he says.

“And we’ve been waiting for it for years.

“We were so prepared for it, my clothes were in my closet, and then they were taken away from me last night.”

It’s “annoying and disturbing,” says Grace.

“They have been promoting the event for a long time and have been reassuring everyone about how the concerts will go,” he says.

‘I deeply apologize’

The stadium’s operators, Oak View Group, have said they are “deeply sorry to all those affected.”

The latest cancellations come after a heating and ventilation pipe broke during American rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s sound check on Wednesday.

Thousands of his fans, who had already gathered at the venue, were disappointed when the concert was canceled at the last minute.

Oak View Group chief executive Tim Leiweke said: “The safety of everyone who visits and works at Co-op Live is our top priority.”

“I deeply apologize for the impact this has had on ticket holders and fans,” he added.

Reporting by Ian Youngs, Peter Gillibrand, Kris Bramwell and Mary Litchfield.

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