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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Jamie Barlow

Nottingham Motorpoint Arena hour-long queues as 50,000 fans wait for Peter Kay tickets

More than 50,000 people were in the queue for Peter Kay tickets at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham almost immediately after they went on general sale on Saturday morning, November 12. The current wait time in the queue on the Arena's website is 'more than an hour'.

The Bolton comedian, and all round national treasure, is performing in Nottingham on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, next year. Officials at the Arena, in Bolero Square, say the demand has been 'phenomenal' as they warned not everyone trying to book tickets for the two dates will be successful.

Bosses told fans to create an account via the Arena's website, and to have tried logging in beforehand to have the best chance in joining the long online queue for tickets on Saturday morning. Fans have been sharing their experience on Twitter, and some said tickets had "almost gone".

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"I'm in a queue for #peterkay tickets and it says on ticket master there are 42,000 people in front of me. If Nottingham arena holds 10,000 people then I don't think I'm getting tickets somehow," said @rocknrollcliche.

"Sadly both Nottingham dates have almost gone," wrote @IanBaruch. Others have taken to Twitter to question if the tickets have all gone - but there's no official confirmation from the arena on this just yet. Customers with accessibility requirements should be the only people to contact the box office.

Tickets for the upcoming tour start at £35, not including the booking fee. Pre-sale tickets went on sale earlier this week but fans up and down the country experienced trouble when accessing various apps and websites.

In 2010, Kay - much-loved for Phoenix Nights and its spin off Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere, in which he co-starred with close friend and fellow Bolton comedian Paddy McGuinness - set a world record for the biggest-selling comedy tour, playing to more than 1.2m people.

And he could well break his own record this time around. The comeback tour comes after he cancelled a string of shows, set to take place in 2019, due to "unforeseen family circumstances". He had been due to play five times in Nottingham then and the tour was cancelled in 2017. For more updates on tickets sales, follow our live blog.

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