Hundreds of lots of Britons have been queuing on line to strive to purchase Peter Kay tickets, with the comic having put on greater than 20 more dates to meet the demand.
After lots of pre-sale tickets for Peter Kay Live offered on Thursday and Friday, the Manchester Evening News mentioned that up to two million humans had queued on Saturday.
Many followers pronounced seeing messages on the Ticketmaster website telling them there have been greater than 300,000 humans in advance of them in the digital line – roughly the populace of Nottingham.
The tour used to be at the start set to cease in August 2023, however the extra dates suggest it will now run till November 2024.
Ticketmaster tweeted: “As expected, Peter Kay is tremendous famous this morning. To make it as honest as possible, we have put every body in a queue. Be affected person and don’t refresh or you’ll lose your place.”
A range of greater dates have been introduced to the tour after “unprecedented” demand left many followers unable to get right of entry to apps and web sites providing pre-sale tickets. These blanketed two new indicates in Birmingham, 4 in London and six in Manchester.
Channel 5 News host Dan Walker used to be amongst these in the queue, tweeting: “Trying to get Peter Kay tickets is like making an attempt to get an appointment at the GP! ‘Please maintain … there are presently 170,000 human beings beforehand of you in the queue’.”
Fellow comedian Jason Manford joked: “Phew fortunate ample to get 2x Peter Kay tickets. For sale 2x Peter Kay tickets, £3500 every ono.”
Shortly earlier than 11am, the Liverpool Echo mentioned that all tickets for the city’s M&S Bank area had been bought out.
Some ticket resale sites, such as Viagogo, had seats accessible for as a great deal as £1,000, with many human beings calling for greater to be achieved to give up touts and to manage the range of purchases.
Others stated that the website online had crashed due to the excessive demand.
Kay’s comeback from a five-year hiatus used to be introduced all through an advert ruin in the sequence launch of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! at some point of which Kay used to be considered carrying a rolled-up carpet into a house.
The advert concluded with the followers asking Kay whether or not he had ultimately sold his mom a bungalow – a reference the comic’s preceding Mum Wants A Bungalow tour. Kay answered that he had, and that his mom now desired a new carpet to go in it.
Kay regarded on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio two breakfast exhibit on Wednesday and stated he had been “overwhelmed” via the response to his return, even earlier than his tickets had long gone on sale.
Announcing his new dates, the 49-year-old from Bolton said: “It’s suitable to get lower back to what I love doing best, standup comedy, and if there’s ever a time humans want a snigger it’s now.”
After efficaciously securing his tickets for a date in London subsequent summer, comedy fan Ben Andrews, from London, said: “The stress used to be on to get tickets – particularly as I’m married to a northerner.
“I used to be in the digital ready room from 9.45am, and without delay had 50k human beings beforehand of me. With 20k capacity, I had to go my fingers.”
His wife, Sarah Farrell, from Manchester, added: “To provide us a higher chance, I joined the queue too, however I did so late, panicked, and ended up queueing for 2024. At one factor there had been a quarter of a million humans in advance of me so I simply went and put the kettle on.”
As properly as traveling the UK, Kay will end up the first comic to be given his very own residency at the O2 area in London. He will function there as soon as a month between December 2022 and November 2023.
In 2010, Kay done a region in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest promoting standup tour of all time, taking part in to greater than 1.2 million people.
He had been due to go on the avenue in 2017, however cancelled these indicates due to “unforeseen household circumstances”.