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Peter Kay adds extra tour dates due to extreme demand

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Comedian Peter Kay has added more than 20 extra dates to meet demand for his new tour, after hundreds of thousands of fans attempted to purchase tickets. 

It is the comedian’s first tour for 12 years after his 2017 string of dates were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tickets went on general sale on Saturday, after demand during the pre-sale crashed multiple websites and reward apps.

The Manchester Evening News reported that up to two million people had queued for tickets on Saturday. The outlet also reported that over 800,000 tickets were sold for just one venue alone, AO Arena in Manchester, where more gigs were added due to extreme demand.

The comedian has now added 24 more dates to the tour, which already includes a monthly residency at The O2 in London.

Extra shows include two new stops in Birmingham, four in London and six in Manchester, as well as additional stops in Dublin and Belfast.

On Twitter, Kay said: “Absolutely blown away by the ticket sales so far, especially as some of the shows aren’t for a good while yet but don’t worry we’ll have a laugh when we’re all together.”