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Peter Kay Live at Manchester AO Arena – times, tour dates, tickets and more

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Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 1st December 2022

Peter Kay will finally make his long-awaited return to the stage this week with a massive UK tour.

The beloved Bolton comedian is set to play a whopping 42 dates here in Manchester, as well as a monthly residency down in London at the O2.

His AO Arena dates begin on Friday 2 December and will run all the way through to 2025 (yes, really).

Peter received widespread praise when he announced his tour and promised to keep ticket prices low

He said: “It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now. 


“And with the cost of living at an all-time high, ticket prices are starting from £35. The same price they were on my previous tour in 2010. ”

But naturally, after he largely disappeared from public appearances several years ago, his return drove insane demand. 


Peter Kay could barely keep up with demand from excited fans (who briefly broke the internet) and new dates kept getting added.

If you’re lucky enough to have bagged a ticket, here’s what you need to know.

What are stage times for Peter Kay at AO Arena?

Peter Kay. Credit: BBC

As usual with the AO Arena, doors will open a bit before the show begins, and fans are advised to allow plenty of time to get through security and to find their seats. 


The doors to the venue will open around 6.30pm.

Peter Kay’s actual show will start at 8pm prompt. 

What dates will Peter Kay play at the AO Arena?

A lot of dates. Many many dates. Dates as far as the eye can see. Here they are:

  • 2-3 December 2022
  • 22-23 September 2023
  • 19-20 October 2023 
  • 5-6 November 2023
  • 1 December 2023
  • 26-27 January 2024 
  • 9-10 February 2024
  • 8-9 March 2024
  • 5-6 April 2024
  • 17-18 May 2024 
  • 14-15 June 2024
  • 26-27 July 2024
  • 23-24 August 2024 
  • 20-21 September 2024
  • 18-19 October 2024
  • 1-2 November 2024
  • 29-30 November 2024
  • 20-21 December 2024
  • 10-11 January 2025
  • 8 February 2025 
  • 5 April 2025 
  • 17 May 2025
  • 21 June 2025
  • 25 July 2025

Can I still get tickets and how much are they?

Peter Kay Car Share. Credit: BBC

Ooooh you might struggle if you want to go any time soon. 

The demand for Peter Kay’s return was so high that several ticketing platforms crashed and he added tonnes of new dates to try and cater to all his fans.


There are still tickets available for later shows all the way in 2025 if you’re happy to wait that long. 

Your best bet for an earlier date is to keep an eye on official resale sites, and be careful that you’re getting a genuine deal. 

Tickets start from £35 and go all the way up to £50, £65 and £135 – you can buy yours from See Tickets here.

Seating plan for AO Arena Manchester

According to Ticketmaster, this will be the seating plan for the AO Arena for Peter Kay’s gigs.

It’s a fully seated tour but every block is set to be in use.


Venue security and requirements

Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights. Credit: Channel 4

The show is strictly for people aged 15+.

The AO Arena has a few strict policies to keep gig-goers safe, so make sure to check entry requirements carefully before you travel.

For example, only one small bag per person is allowed, and bags like backpacks, travel cases and laptop bags are not permitted inside the arena.

All bags are scanned on entry to check for prohibited items like laser pens, flares, projectiles, weapons, drugs and alcohol, and even selfie sticks.

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