Loophole Means Peter Kay Fans Face Refund Row Over Cancelled Tour
Peter Kay shocked the country this morning by cancelling his first nationwide arena tour in eight years, just two weeks after he had announced it. Now, with over 100 dates across the country due to be refunded, some people have discovered that they are not entitled to their money back at all.
A legal loophole - which it should be mentioned, is nothing to do with Kay himself - means that anyone who bought tickets on the secondary market might not be able to claim their cash.
Those who bought through official outlets such as Ticketmaster will be able to get a refund, but if those who purchased from a third party will struggle to do so. In fact, the third parties who bought tickets officially and then resold them on will get paid twice, as they will be able to claim a refund on the original ticket.
In addition to the arena dates, the Phoenix Nights star's Dance for Life shows have also been cancelled.
Kay made the announcement earlier today. "Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects," he wrote in a statement.
"This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments. My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first."
The specific reasons why Kay chose to cancel the tour are not yet known, as the Bolton comedian is known to be very private when it comes to sharing details of his personal life.
"I've always endeavoured to protect my family's privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time," he wrote in his statement. "Once again, I'm very sorry."
Some fans are peeved at his decision, however, as even those who will get refunds on their original ticket purchases will not get them on booking fees. Moreover, many fans spent extended periods of time on expensive phone calls attempting to buy the tickets in the first place, while many have already made travel plans to coincide with the gigs.
But there was support for the comedian on Twitter, with fans quick to point out that Kay, a noted family man, is unlikely to have cancelled such a lucrative tour without a very good reason.
People livid at Peter Kay cancelling his tour need to realise something serious must have happened and family should always come first- Dominic Penna (@DominicPenna) December 13, 2017
"People livid at Peter Kay cancelling his tour need to realise something serious must have happened and family should always come first," wrote one fan on Twitter.
My thoughts are with @peterkay_co_uk and his family. It must be something serious for him to cancel like that, hope everything turns out to be ok :thumbsup:- Tom Ellam (@ellam90) December 13, 2017
Another posted: "My thoughts are with @peterkay_co_uk and his family. It must be something serious for him to cancel like that, hope everything turns out to be ok."
Words: Mike Meehall Wood
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