Peter Kay, 48, is appearing at Manchester’s O2 on August 7 after rarely been seen in public since 2017 – and tickets are being flogged on resale website Twickets with one going for £175
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- 09:09, 31 Jul 2021
Tickets for Peter Kay’s return to the stage are being sold for three times their original price by touts after selling out in seconds.
The funnyman 48, is appearing at Manchester’s O2 on August 7 after rarely been seen in public since 2017.
Tickets for the gig, which is raising money for Laura Nuttall, 21, who has a brain tumour, went on sale at £45 each yesterday morning, but were snapped up almost immediately – despite a six a person limit for each buyer.
Touts have highjacked the tickets and they are being flogged on resale website Twickets, with one going for £175.
Fans have taken to social media to vent their frustration about not being able to get their hands on tickets.
Peter Kay has rarely appeared in public since 2017
"No tickets anywhere! Not fair. I have been refreshing my screen for ages. Peter more concerts please!" demanded one.
"Peter… whats going on? So disappointed couldn't get your tickets as all sold out. Said to the husband I would get those tickets for our anniversary," fumed another.
"Sat in the queue all morning to not get tickets," raged a third.
Peter Kay's gig tickets have been snapped up by touts who are reselling them for three times original price
Some said they hoped the tickets had gone to genuine fans not 'ticket bots' to be later sold on eBay for a hefty price.
After cancelling his last tour in 2017, Peter shocked fans by announcing a series of come back Q&As to help Laura Nuttall after hearing of her cancer diagnosis.
Peter met Laura Nuttall’s parents while working at Granada television nearly 20 years ago and is raising money for her cancer treatment.
They revealed the Phoenix Nights star rang them out of the blue in January 2019 shortly after Laura was diagnosed.
Nicola Nuttall said: “We’re so excited about it. And it’s so wonderful he can do this for us, just incredible.
Peter met Laura Nuttall’s parents while working at Granada television nearly 20 years ago
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“She [Laura] is slightly too young to know just how amazing it is to see Peter Kay live. She’s only seen clips on YouTube, although spending a few hours in his company you are literally holding on to your face because it hurts so much from laughing.
“He’s genuinely just the funniest person imaginable. And such a kind gentleman as well.”
Peter has rarely appeared in public since cancelling his stand-up tour in 2017 citing “unforeseen family circumstances".
In 2018 he reappeared returned to social media to announce a charity special of his sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share to raise cash for The Lily Foundation, which helps children with mitochondrial disease.
Peter said he had "first hand" experience of the disease, which is a chronic illness that causes developmental and cognitive disabilities, including seizures and organ failure.
Organisers revealed Peter had raised £34,000 for the foundation from the event, and founder Liz Curtis, whose daughter Lily tragically passed away from the condition, thanked Peter for his generosity.
She said: "We can't thank Peter and his team enough for this incredibly generous donation. For a small charity like ours this is a very significant sum."
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