Arts & Culture

Peter Kay tour sees ‘extraordinary’ demand for tickets

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Demand for tickets to see comedian Peter Kay’s first tour in 12 years caused multiple websites and apps offering pre-sale access to crash.

Tickets for the tour are set to go on general sale tomorrow (Saturday) but telecommunications companies O2, Virgin Media and Three were offering users access two days earlier. 

O2 and Virgin Media said on Twitter that it had been the “most popular pre-sale ever”. 

“We’ve sold out our Priority Tickets for Peter Kay. We’ve seen extraordinary demand, our most popular pre-sale ever. We’re sorry not all our customers were successful. 

“General sale tickets for The O2 and UK arenas are released Saturday 10am (GMT). We wish everyone the best of luck!”

A number of extra dates have been added to the comedian’s tour, which could help break Kay’s previous record-breaking string of dates. In 2010, Kay set a world record for the biggest-selling stand-up comedy tour, performing in front of more than 1.2 million people. 

His new tour is set to start in Manchester on December 2. 

In a statement, tour promoter SJM Concerts, said: “We’d like to acknowledge and apologise for 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 earlier today. 

“SJM Concerts would like to reassure customers that substantial provision has been put in place for the main ticket on-sale this Saturday 12th at 10am. Plenty of tickets will be available throughout the day so please persevere and please buy from official ticket outlets listed on the attached link.”