The Bolton-born comedian is set to continue his much-awaited return to stand-up with a series of arena shows, an AO Arena residency, and an opening night headline slot at Manchester's Co-op Live. Stay tuned for the latest updates on his upcoming 2024 and 2025 tour dates. And if you're eager to secure the best seats in the house, we'll show you how to make it happen through Seat Unique.

Beloved British comedian and entertainment icon, Peter Kay, has been gracing stages and making the nation laugh for nearly three decades. With an impressive repertoire of TV and film projects, this 50-year-old BAFTA Award winner has solidified his status as a comedic force to be reckoned with.

Making a triumphant return after a period away from the spotlight, Kay is set to headline the opening night of Co-op Live arena in Manchester this April. This remarkable event marks a significant moment in his highly anticipated comeback tour that spans from 2022 to 2025.

This state-of-the-art arena, boasting a staggering 23,500 seats, has already lined up an impressive roster of stars like Take That, Olivia Rodrigo, and Liam Gallagher for future performances.

If you're eager to catch Peter Kay live in action and secure the best seats in the house, look no further. In this blog post, we'll dive deeper into his long-awaited comeback tour and reveal how you can ensure an unforgettable evening of laughter and entertainment.

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Has Peter Kay made an appearance since 2017?

Peter Kay was scheduled to perform a sold-out 14-month stand-up tour in 2017. However, he sadly had to cancel all shows due to family circumstances, releasing this statement at the time on social media: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.”

He also expressed that “the decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.”

After cancelling his tour, Kay took a step back from public life except for making some charity appearances post-2017.

Peter Kay performing on stage
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Kay notably sold out two live shows at the Manchester Apollo to raise money for Laura Nuttall and the Brain Tumour Charity, where the comic received a standing ovation from the thousands in attendance.

In 2022, the Phoenix Nights and Peter Kay's Car Share star made a rare public appearance with a handful of danceathon shows for his ‘Dance for Life’ charity events to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Now the comedian has been on tour since 2022 and will be playing a total of 110 shows throughout the UK.

When was Peter Kay’s last tour?

Peter Kay’s last tour was titled ‘The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour...Now On Tour’, which included 112 shows that ran from April 2010 to October 2011.

The expansive comedy tour saw Kay visit 12 venues across the UK. As a result, he broke records to be the fastest-selling comedy act in Britain at the time.

As part of the tour, Kay played 20 consecutive shows at Manchester Arena, breaking the venue’s records for the most consecutive performances by a comic ever.

He also performed a record-breaking 15 shows at London O2 Arena, which is also the most shows performed by any comedian at this venue.

Peter Kay tour dates & venues

Peter Kay has now confirmed that he will be completing his 'Come Back' UK arena tour in 2024-2025.

The stand-up legend will be performing huge show dates in 2024 at:


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Where is Peter Kay performing in Manchester?

Throughout 2023, 2024 and 2025, Peter Kay has a whopping 110 shows scheduled, with over 40 of them taking place at Manchester's iconic AO Arena. On top of this, Kay is gearing up for a hotly anticipated headline performance at the opening night of the UK's newest and largest indoor arena located in Manchester.

Co-op Live

Co-op Live, the £350M venue boasting a unique bowl-like design, was originally set to open its doors on Tuesday 23rd April 2024, with the legendary comedian serving as the first act to grace its stage. However, the show has been postponed to Monday 29th April due to an issue with the venue's power supply.

In a statement on Twitter (formerly X), a Co-op Live representative said: "It is critical to ensure we have a consistent total power supply to our fully electric sustainable venue, the completion of which is a few days behind.

"Rescheduling gives us the extra time we need to continue testing thoroughly. This is vital to satisfy the rigorous set of guidelines and protocols that are necessary for a venue of this size."

The statement added: "Peter Kay has very graciously agreed to perform his record-breaking comedy at Co-op Live on 29 (rescheduled from 23) and 30 (rescheduled from 24) April 2024. All tickets remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase."

Fans can catch this special performance at Co-op Live as one of the stops on his Peter Kay Live tour. At Seat Unique, we're thrilled to offer access to official VIP tickets, granting you entry to a hospitality lounge like no other.

Immerse yourself in the festivities at Manchester's Co-op Live with a private seating area, a fully stocked bar, access to a dancefloor, and a terrace offering unparalleled views of the stage.

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Peter Kay at AO Arena

The famed comedian from Bolton is scheduled to perform an impressive 42 shows in Manchester, which started in December 2022 and continues into 2025.

VIP tickets and hospitality packages are still available for these dates, and you can reserve your spot at The Mezz - the newest luxury facility at the AO Arena, promising an unparalleled premium hospitality experience right at the heart of the excitement. Take a sneak peek at what's in store:

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Book your spot at The Mezz and create treasured memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event with Peter Kay at the AO Arena.

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What to expect from Peter Kay's tour

You can expect him to lift the whole crowd's spirit with his infectious joy and family-friendly humour, which is assured to have you in stitches.

Peter Kay is a rare modern comic who doesn’t rely on crude or political jokes. He is capable of filling the room with laughter with simple and wholesome content that all ages can relate to.

For Peter Kay’s big return, there will be a considerable amount of new and delightful content to accompany his familiar and adored comedy routines.

How to get VIP Tickets for Peter Kay’s tour

After such a long hiatus from touring, Peter Kay general sale tickets are expected to sell out very quickly.

If you want to see the comedy legend live and in style, why not get your hands on a VIP ticket or hospitality package?

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We are delighted to open fan access to premium tickets for Peter Kay's AO Arena Manchester, first direct arena Leeds, Utilita Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena Birmingham tour dates.

Make your night one to remember as you enjoy the show with unrivalled views from your premium padded seat and enjoy luxury perks such as fast-tracked entrance, VIP lounge access and inclusive drinks.

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