People label Beyonce the ‘Peter Kay of pop’ as pre-sale sites crash in scramble for tickets

'You would think you would learn after the Peter Kay fiasco'

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 2nd February 2023

It’s happened again, guys – fans have managed to crash the O2 Priority website in their scramble to buy tickets, and this time it’s Beyonce who’s thrown a spanner in the works.

The star, who announced her Renaissance tour yesterday, has lured hundreds of thousands of music-lovers into the online pre-sale queues.

And the O2 Priority website hasn’t coped well at all, leading to ‘Peter Kay‘ suddenly trending on Twitter again.

The Bolton comic also managed to crash the pre-sale site with his massive return to the stage last year.

Beyonce has now been labelled the ‘Peter Kay of pop’, which is a title that would probably go way over her head.


O2 Priority has apologised for all the issues fans are experiencing, saying they’re ‘doing everything they can behind the scenes’ to cope with the phenomenal demand.

Today’s Beyonce pre-sale has also meant we finally know what ticket prices are like for her Renaissance tour.


It looks like standing tickets will cost £106.80, while seated tickets are priced between £56.25 and £199.

Then the VIP packages are WILDLY expensive, priced all the way up to £2400.

One person tweeted: “what an absolute joke yet again from O2 #priority same with Peter Kay and now @Beyonce tickets – App has issues and the website sends you a code only to tell you its invalid. You knew this was coming and you failed again. A nightmare.”


Another said about the pre-sale: “The only other person that’s crashed o2 priority is peter kay would’ve never called beyonce ‘the female peter kay’ but here we are x.”

Presented Andy Goulding posted, alongside a screenshot of an error message: “What do Beyoncé, Peter Kay and a free Greggs sausage roll on a Friday, all have in common?”

Someone else said to O2: “App not working. You would think you would learn after the Peter Kay fiasco.”

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It’s also caused another weird issue, because the O2 Priority app also has a promotion on for a free Greggs mocha – one person tweeted: “You lot fully crashed the O2 priority app, I can’t even get my free greggs mocha!! Get off the damn app!! Beyoncé can wait, I need my mocha now!!”

A statement from O2 Priority said: “We apologise to anyone experiencing difficulties trying to get Beyoncé tickets through Priority. Tickets are selling and we’re seeing huge demand. We’re doing everything we can behind the scenes to help keep the app running smoothly.”


Fans were also fuming yesterday when Beyonce announced her UK tour dates – and shunned Manchester.

The 41-year-old megastar is instead going to performing three nights in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, plus shows in Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Sunderland.

Featured image: BBC / Instagram, @beyonce