Comedy legend Peter Kay entertained the crowd with a three-hour dance-a-thon at Manchester Central to raise money for Cancer Research UK
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Peter Kay is certainly a man of many talents; a popular comedian as well as an award-winning writer and actor, but can he add a superstar DJ to his resume? While his mix might not be quite as adept as Calvin Harris or David Guetta, Bolton’s favorite son had thousands on his hands when he happily returned to the Manchester stage.
During a three-hour dance-a-thon at Manchester Central, the national treasure treated the crowd to bang after bang from Abba to House of Pain and from the Urban Cookie Collective to the S Club.
Kay founded Dance for Life back in 2016 to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This special event has been postponed from 2020 and is one of the comedian’s first public appearances since he was forced to cancel a major tour in 2018 citing “unforeseen family circumstances”.
The 48-year-old finally took the stage at around 7:50 p.m., about 20 minutes late, and joked, “Sorry we’re late, they’re getting in a bit slow”.
He added: “Many of you will not have a chance to dance anymore. If you’re like me, every four years at a wedding it’s like 11 minutes before they play something modern and you sit down because you feel like 100!”
The warmth he exudes from the stage throughout is contagious and really helps set the tone for the fantastic atmosphere.
Wearing a rainbow sweatband and a shell suit adorned with vinyl record drawings, Kay took to the starting line with Agadoo before pausing to tell the audience, “You don’t all have to look at me, y’all can dance!”
People of all ages – from 18 to 80 – were dressed in weird and wonderful costumes, with Phoenix Nights’ Fred Flintstone, Ali G and Max standing out. There were also plenty of leg warmers, shell suits and colorful wigs.
The production was also really impressive with big screens showing clips and subtitles to the music. It contained very well-received jokes for Peter Kay fans like “just let me staple the vicar” which popped up during Sister Sledge’s We Are Family – part of his famous stand-up routine with misunderstood song lyrics.
An animated map highlighting places like Dudley and Milton Keynes during “We Found Love in a Hopeless Place” also drew a lot of laughs from the audience.
Throughout the night there were rave sections, incredible light shows and even pyrotechnics. Occasionally, Peter would venture down from his DJ booth to dance onstage with the likes of Bolton and Bury Zumba Gold, starting a “love train” during the O’Jays song of the same name.
If you take yourself too seriously you probably won’t enjoy it, but if after a rough few years you want to blow off some much-needed steam, have some good ol’ boogie and have a little laugh, then it’s absolutely perfect.
Dance for Life returns to Manchester Central tomorrow night (Saturday 16th April) before heading to London’s Alexandra on 29th April. It will then return to Liverpool’s Space by M&S Bank Arena for two nights on August 19th and 20th.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/peter-kay-makes-triumphant-return-26724851 Peter Kay triumphantly returns to the stage in Manchester to raise money for cancer aid