Peter Kay confirms residency as he extends his first tour in over a decade – and will perform to 20,000 fans a month

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Pierre Kay announced that he will perform monthly shows at London’s O2 Arena to crowds of over 20,000 fans.

Just days after releasing the dates for his upcoming tour, the much-loved comedian has offered some more welcome news to his fans. Hosted by the 02 Arena in London, Peter will perform a monthly residency at this acclaimed venue next winter.

This follows his comeback after a 12-year hiatus where the star stayed away from the spotlight. Announcing its first live tour since 2010, the tour includes two dates each in Manchester and Liverpool and runs until August 2023.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 2, the Bolton comedian explained it was “unforeseen family circumstances” which meant he had to cancel his 2017 tour. “I thought we should have called this tour Peter Who?” he told BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball breakfast show.

“I should only be on the news if I’m dead, not if I’m on tour,” he joked. The 49-year-old thanked his fans for their overwhelming support.

Kay will be the first comedian to have his own residency at The O2 in Greenwich. He will perform to crowds of up to 20,000 once a month for almost a year.

“Basically, it was me and Prince who did it and look what happened to him,” Peter said. “Michael Jackson, he was another, he was supposed to do 50 nights”,

“I got his shows,” he added.

Peter added that ticket prices in the new UK and Ireland arena dates were likely to generate interest. Ticket prices start at £35 – not including the booking fee – which is the same price as on his 2010 tour.

“You have to meet people halfway, these are bad times, and that’s why people need to laugh,” he said.

“I think that’s why it was on the news because it was something happy for once and not bad luck. I thought it was a good thing, kind of like when they had used to have panda at the end of Newsround with John Craven.”

Peter hilariously broke the news of his tour during Sunday’s surprise ad at the launch of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. In the clip, he was seen carrying a rolled-up rug into a house while confirming to nearby fans that he would be returning to stand-up comedy next month.

Tickets for his tour will go on sale at 10:00 GMT on Saturday, November 12.

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