Peter Kay fans in ticketing hell as millions scramble to get seats on first tour in 12 years

Peter Kay fans were in ticket-buying ‘hell’ this morning (November 12) as seats for the comedian’s much-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 from December to August 2023.

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

On Thursday 10th November there was a high demand for presale tickets which caused the O2 Priority app to crash.

Writing about trying to get tickets on Saturday’s general sale, one fan wrote, “It’s easier to PM in this country than it is to get #PeterKay tickets.”

Another wrote: “No sorry but I’ve been logged into Ticketmaster since before 9am and somehow I’m 153k in the queue. HOW.”

That Manchester evening news reported that two million people lined up for the appointments in Manchester alone.

Speaking of his tour announcement earlier this week, Kay said, “It’s good to be getting back to what I love to do, stand-up comedy, and if there’s ever a time when people need to laugh, it’s now.

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

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

His run will end on August 11, 2023 at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena. Peter Kay fans in ticketing hell as millions scramble to get seats on first tour in 12 years


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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