Thousands of Irish fans were left disappointed after tickets for comedian Peter Kay’s upcoming concert in Dublin sold out this morning.
The ickets for Kay’s comeback shows went on sale on Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. and all sold out in less than two hours.
“It’s been an extremely busy morning. We’ve run out of tickets for Peter Kay,” Ticketmaster said.
“Sorry to anyone who missed this time.”
Huge demand for three gigs in Dublin next year, has resulted in tens of thousands of Irish fans waiting in line online this morning.
Within minutes of the sale, more than 30,000 people lined up for the 3Arena gigs, April 6, 7, and 8.
Availability for all three concerts was classified as “low” on Ticketmaster as of 11:15 a.m., with 15,000 people still queuing, while a note on the website said: “Due to demand, Ticket availability is limited and ticket options are subject to change during the duration of the venue.”
The rush to buy tickets for Kay’s UK and Ireland tour has hit both sides of the Irish coast, causing hashtags #PeterKayTour and #Ticketmaster to start trending on Twitter.
Many fans said they saw messages on the Ticketmaster website saying there were more than 200,000 people ahead of them in virtual queue earlier today.
Within two hours, tickets were up on resale sites, with a single ticket to a London gig selling for up to £350 on Viagogo.
Kay also announced that he has added even more shows to the tour, which runs through the end of 2024.
The 49-year-old stand-up has announced her return to the stage after a 12-year hiatus during a commercial break during the premiere of her series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! On Sunday night.
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“It’s good to be back to what I love most, stand-up comedy and if there’s ever a time when people need a laugh, it’s now,” he said.
Demand for pre-sale tickets has dampened some apps and websites as they go on sale during the week, and some have been offered for sale on resale sites for a few hundred euros.
The Bafta Award-winning star of hit TV shows including Car Share and Phoenix Nights will also perform at the SSE Arena in Belfast on 23 and 24 February.
Tickets for his Ireland shows cost €48.05 for performances in Dublin, while Kay said tickets will cost the same as the last time he toured.
A poster for the event featured the Bolton native holding a sign that read “Better late than never” and described his concert tickets as the “ideal Christmas present”.
This will be Kay’s first live tour since 2010, when he scored the Guinness World Record for the best-selling record of all time, performing to more than 1.2 million people.
He returned to the stage in August 2021 for two special charity events to raise money for then 20-year-old Laura Nuttall 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.
Kay previously expressed deep regret at having to cancel her 2017 tour due to “unforeseen family circumstances”.
“I sincerely apologize.
Kay will begin her new tour on December 2 at the Manchester AO Arena before visiting venues including Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin.
His run will end on 11 August 2023 at Sheffield Utilita Arena.
Additional reporting by PA Media.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/thousands-of-irish-fans-disappointed-as-funnyman-peter-kays-dublin-gigs-sell-out-in-under-two-hours-42138884.html Thousands of Irish fans were left disappointed when comedian Peter Kay’s Dublin gig sold out in less than two hours