Fans of comedian Peter Kay have been left outraged after tickets were found on the secondary market for more than 10 times the face value of the original price shortly after going on sale.

Resale sites were listing tickets for the UK star’s first stand up tour in more than eight years for up to £550 ($728/€618). The original price was between £40 and £60.

Ticketmaster-owned website GetMeIn has tickets on sale for up to £550 per ticket – with an additional £197.96 ‘processing fee’ on top of it.

Ebay-owned site StubHub has been criticised by some for offering tickets for £300. Fans took to social media to speak out on the issue.

Phil Rostron wrote on Twitter: “So my Peter Kay tickets were face value, £40/£50 ish.. The same tickets are now on StubHub for £220.. What a joke! StubHub should be shut down. Shocking.”

Steven Maclaughlan  wrote: “What a rip off @peterkay_co_uk can’t get on @TicketmasterUK because of queues but can get tickets on their resale site for over £200.”

Peter Kay is to perform more than 100 shows in 2018 and 2019, and due to the high demand for tickets the comedian has announced he has added nearly quadruple the number of dates in some locations.

His last tour in 2010, which still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, played to over 1.2 million people.

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