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Ellie Harrison

Peter Kay fans in ticket-buying hell as millions attempt to get seats for first tour in 12 years

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Peter Kay fans have been in ticket-buying “hell” this morning (12 November) as seats for the comedian’s highly anticipated 2022-23 tour went on general sale.

Earlier this week, Kay announced his return to stand-up comedy with his first live tour in 12 years.

The 49-year-old comedian, who has been largely absent from the public eye for the past four years, will embark on an arena tour spanning from this December to August 2023.

It will be his first live tour since 2010, when he scored the Guinness World Record for the biggest selling run of all time, playing to more than 1.2 million people.

On Thursday 10 November, there had been a huge demand for pre-sale tickets, causing the O2 priority app to crash.

Posting about trying to get tickets in the general sale on Saturday, one fan wrote: “It’s easier to become PM in this country than get #PeterKay tickets.”

Another wrote: “Nah I’m sorry but I’ve been logged into ticket master since before 9am and somehow I’m 153,000 in the queue. HOW.”

The Manchester Evening News reported that there were two million people queueing for the Manchester dates alone.

Speaking about his tour announcement earlier this week, Kay said: “It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy, and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now.

“And with the cost of living at an all-time high, ticket prices are starting from £35 – the same price they were on my previous tour in 2010.”

Kay will begin his tour on 2 December at the Manchester AO Arena before visiting locations including Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin.

His run will end on 11 August 2023 at the Sheffield Utilita Arena.

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