Manchester to host the MTV Europe Music Awards at Co-op Live

It's one of the biggest nights in the world music calendar

By Ben Arnold | 29 February 2024

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The MTV Europe Music Awards is coming to Manchester.

One of the biggest events in the music calendar will be hosted by the city’s newest live venue, Co-op Live, on 10 November.

It’s the first time that the ceremony has been held in the UK for seven years, and will see the biggest pop stars on the planet descend on Manchester.

The show will broadcast to more than 150 countries, via Paramount+, from what will be the UK’s biggest purpose built live venue.

Councillor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “As a city that is known the world over for our legendary music scene, MTV could not have picked a better place for this year’s EMAs. 


“With the expertise, experience and reputation we also have for delivering successful, world-class events, we’re confident Manchester will provide a superb platform for the best MTV EMAs yet, and look forward to welcoming MTV and the global music community to our city for what is set to be an epic celebration of music and artists. Manchester meets MTV – we can’t wait!”

“The MTV EMAs is one of the biggest global music celebrations, bringing together local and international artists to create iconic performances for fans around the world,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events at Paramount. 

“With music at the very heart of Manchester’s rich creative heritage, this vibrant city – with the state-of-the-art Co-op Live – will guarantee a supercharged 2024 show.” 

Gary Roden, Executive Director and General Manager, Co-op Live added: “Co-op Live has been designed from the ground up to offer, at its core, a truly exceptional live music and fan experience, and we are delighted to be hosting an event which epitomises what our venue stands for. 

“We are honoured to become part of the MTV EMAsstory, and to cement Manchester’s standing within the global live entertainment industry.”

Co-op Live is set to open its doors on 23 April, with two nights of shows from comedian Peter Kay.

It will then launch into its music programming proper, with shows from the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Take That, Elbow, Nicki Minaj, Pet Shop Boys, The Killers and Kings of Leon.

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