22 March 2018


Today (22nd March 2018), the Co-op announced an exclusive partnership with Live Nation to become the first UK food retailer to have a supermarket at four major summer music festivals.

Download, Latitude, and Reading and Leeds festivals will all welcome the convenience retailer into their grounds for the first time. The deal will see Co-op operate a 6,000 square foot shop at each of the four festivals to cater for 200,000 festival goers. Each store will stock a wide range of items, including food, water, beer and wine, toiletries including medicines and, to cover all eventualities, both sun cream and rain ponchos!

Amanda Jennings, Director of Marketing Communications, Co-op said: “This industry-first deal puts Co-op at the heart of festival communities this summer. It shows our ambition to reach out to new and younger customers, providing essential and quality products. Co-op is all about being close to the customer and it doesn’t get much closer than being right outside your tent.”

Melvin Benn, MD Festival Republic said: “We want festival-goers to have the best possible experience while at our events and are always looking for partnerships that enhance this. Having an environmentally-conscious food retailer like Co-op onsite will give fans easy access to all the products they need while at our festival campsites, while reinforcing our green principles. We look forward to working closely with Co-op throughout the summer.”

The festival stores will stock over two hundred essential products and will be re-stocked each day. The stores will open from 7am until 1am, be fully staffed and have a high number of till points. The Co-op will be located in the campsite area of each festival to make it easy to visit and stock up. Co-op will support the partnership with a comprehensive digital and social media campaign, alongside PR and experiential activities.


Co-op stores will be built and exclusively operate at the following festivals in 2018:
Download Festival, Donington, Derbyshire, 8th – 10th June 2018 Latitude, Southwold, Suffolk 12th-15th July 2018
Leeds Festival, 24th-26th August 2018
Reading Festival, 24th-26th August 2018


For further information:
Victoria Simons
M: 07738 621076
Bryan Bell
M: 07714061961
Live Nation:
Katie White M: 07731315959