Fans have been left outraged by the prices that tickets to see Peter Kay live are being sold for on the resale market. Here's a short video of Kay announcing his big return to the stage:
Kay recently announced that he’d be going on tour for the first time in about 12 years, and even tried to make things better for his loyal fans by keeping the prices at the level they were on his last tour.
There is a cost-of-living crisis going on, after all.
However, as seems to always be the case these days, people are already looking to turn the comic’s generosity and consideration into profit for themselves, as tickets have already been popping up on resale websites for more than £900.
Obviously, when the pre-sale went live, the tickets were all snapped up.
Everyone wants to go see Peter Kay live after so long – that’s fair enough.
But, at least some of the tickets must have been bought by those who wanted to take advantage of the £35 price – which is fantastic for a show at an arena these days – to try to make a quick buck off the back of his return.
And fans aren’t happy.
One said: "How are Peter Kay tickets already on resale for £900+? It's a joke. Should have not allowed resale."
Another said: "Peter Kay makes tickets affordable so people can go.. Then the O2 priority app crashes… Then tickets appear on resale sites for £1000 each..
"Something needs to be done to stop this it’s a f***ing disgrace and so unfair on people."
A third commented: "Has anyone seen the price of [Peter Kay] tickets? That’s is just heartbreaking stuff. Shame on you selling sites."
It’s quite sad, really.
Not least because the biggest profit is going to people who just bought a ticket online, rather than the artists themselves and the people who put all the work in.
Announcing his ticket price, Kay had written: “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.”
The pre-sale started for customers of Three and O2/Virgin Media allowed to get a code that would have allowed them into either Ticketmaster or SeeTickets to book their seats.
However, it wasn’t plain sailing for some of them either, as the O2 Priority website seemed to crash.
It’s all good news for Kay though, as it means that the demand to see him after all this time is still incredibly strong.
O2 released a statement that said: "We're seeing extraordinary demand for Peter Kay. We know customers are struggling to get on to our Priority website and app before 10am, we're working on it.
“Please be patient, thank you."
General sale tickets will be available this Saturday from 10:00am.
Good luck, and if you do get some, don’t stick them back on resale immediately for £1,000.
Just go, you might have a laugh.