Peter Kay has announced even more tour dates after thousands of people rushed to get tickets for his upcoming performances.
The comedian is set to return to the stage after a 12-year-long absence with a comeback tour which kicks off later this year, and needless to say, there are a lot of people hoping to get tickets.
Kay's website crashed this morning as fans clamoured to be among those watching him perform live, so to give more people chance to join in the fun he has now announced even more dates.
The 49-year-old is set to perform an additional show which has been added at London’s O2 on Saturday, 16 December, 2023, as well as another on Saturday, 6 January, 2024 to help ensure fans can start or end the year with a smile.
Other new dates include 9 August and 7 October, 2024 at Birmingham Utilita Arena; 17 and 18 May, 14 and 15 June, and 26 and 27 July, 2024 in Manchester; and 6 September, 2024 in Sheffield.
Announcing the news on Twitter today, Kay wrote: "Extra dates added to Peter Kay’s arena tour!”
Kay's tour will see him travelling to Manchester, Birmingham and London in 2022, followed by Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Dublin, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham in 2023.
He is also set to appear regularly with a new residency slot at the O2 Arena, which will take place monthly.
Ticket sellers SJM Concerts were forced to issue an apology earlier this week as fans flooded to get pre-sale tickets, acknowledging 'a number of technical issues customers experienced while trying to buy tickets for Peter Kay's upcoming live tour via the O2 Priority pre-sale'.
"SJM Concerts would like to reassure customers that substantial provision has been put in place for the main ticket on-sale this Saturday... Plenty of tickets will be available throughout the day so please persevere," the company continued.
O2 itself also issued a statement on the demand for Kay's tickets, writing: "We’re seeing unprecedented demand for Peter Kay tickets & we know a lot of you can’t access Priority. Sorry, we’re working on it. Please be patient; this is by far the highest demand we’ve ever seen for Priority Tickets in 15 years."
Fans using Ticketmaster to try and secure their tickets were met with queues of 200,000 people, with the website explaining that Kay was 'super popular', as was to be 'expected'.
"To make it as fair as possible, we have put everyone in a queue. Be patient and don’t refresh or you’ll lose your place," the company explained.
Kay's poster for the upcoming tour describes it as the 'ideal Christmas gift' and the ideal weekend away, 'apart from when it's a Wednesday'.
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