Peter Kay fans have faced huge online queues as they try to win tickets for his first tour in 12 years.
any report seeing notices on the Ticketmaster website telling them there are more than 200,000 people ahead of them in the virtual line.
The 49-year-old manga, who has gone unnoticed in recent years, announced earlier this month that he is embarking on an arena tour that will run from December to August 2023.
When tickets went on sale on Saturday morning, Ticketmaster tweeted: “As expected, Peter Kay was very popular this morning.
“To make it as fair as possible, we put everyone in a queue. Be patient and don’t refresh, or you will lose your position”.
The rush to buy tickets also caused hashtags #PeterKayTour and #Ticketmaster to start trending on Twitter.
Channel 5 News presenter Dan Walker, among those in line, tweeted: “Trying to get a Peter Kay ticket is like trying to get a GP appointment!
““Please wait… there are 170,000 people waiting in line ahead of you”.”
Comic book friend Jason Manford joked: “Phew, lucky to get double Peter Kay ticket.
“Double Peter Kay ticket for sale, £3500 per ono.”
Others compared the experience to the famously daunting task of winning tickets to the Glastonbury Festival.
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As tickets sold out, Kay announced that he was adding more days to the tour, including his two-night London stay at the O2 Arena.
He is the first artist in the world to do a monthly stay at this location.
O2, Virgin Media and Three customers had been offered access to pre-sale tickets two days earlier, but also faced massive demand, with some services crashing.
O2 and Virgin say this is “the highest demand we’ve seen for priority tickets in 15 years”.
Kay, from Bolton, has gone largely unnoticed in recent years.
He canceled his last tour in December 2017, citing “unforeseen family circumstances”.
Kay returned to the stage in August 2021 for two special charity events to raise money for Laura Nuttall, then 20, with a malignant brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme .
There was also a brief comeback in January 2021 when he appeared on BBC Radio 2 to chat with Cat Deeley – who was working after Graham Norton left the station – about his love of music, mixtape and musical Mamma Mia.
He also made a surprise appearance at the charity screening of his series Car Share in 2018.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/hundreds-of-thousands-struggle-to-secure-tickets-to-peter-kays-comeback-tour-42138850.html Hundreds of thousands of people fight for tickets to Peter Kay’s comeback tour