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Peter Kay announces first live stand-up tour in 12 years

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Peter Kay has announced he is returning to stand-up comedy with his first live tour in 12 years.

The 49-year-old comedian, who has been absent from the spotlight in recent years, will embark on an arena tour beginning in December this year.

It will be his first live tour since 2010.

Kay’s comeback was announced during an advertisement break in the series launch of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on ITV .

Kay’s official website appeared to crash under the weight of increased traffic following the announcement, which said tickets will be going on sale at the end of this week.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Kay will begin his tour on 2 December at the Manchester AO Arena before heading to Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin.

The tour will run until August 2023.

A poster for the event featured Kay holding a sign reading, “Better late than never” and described a ticket to his shows as an “ideal Christmas gift”.

This isn’t the first time Kay has announced a comeback tour.

In November 2009, after an absence of seven years, Kay announced a return to stand-up with four (later extended to 20) dates at the Manchester Arena the following April, with a show titled The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour...Now On Tour.

In January 2012, the tour entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful stand-up comedy tour of all time, playing to a total of 1.2 million people.

Tickets for Kay’s 2022-23 tour go on sale on 12 November at 10am BST.

Additional reporting by agencies

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Peter Kay announces return to standup comedy with first live tour in 12 years

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  • Tuesday 8 November 2022 at 9:04am

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Peter Kay has announced his return to standup comedy with his first live tour in 12 years.

The 49-year old from Bolton has been largely out of the public eye for the past four years.

The comedian's last live tour was in 2010, when he became the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest selling run of all time, playing to over 1.2 million people.

His comeback was announced during an advert break in the series launch of I'm A Celebrity...Get me Out Of Here! on ITV.

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."

Lancashire comedian Steve Royle, who appeared alongside Kay in Phoenix Nights, said it was great news for everyone that one of comedy's most 'natural' talents was going to be back on stage.

Peter Kay also broke the news on social media with a video of him walking into his house, holding what appears to be a rolled up rug, announcing that he is going back on tour next month.

A poster for the event featured Kay holding a sign reading, "Better late than never" and described a ticket to his shows as an "ideal Christmas gift".

He last returned to the stage in August 2021 for two special charity events, raising money for Laura Nuttall , a then 20-year-old with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.

Kay also made a surprise appearance at a charity screening of his series Car Share in 2018.

Kay will kick off his arena tour on 2 December at the Manchester AO Arena before visiting locations across the UK and Ireland.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday 12 November at 10am.

Where is Peter Kay touring?

2 and 3 December - A O Arena, Manchester

17 December - Utilita Arena, Birmingham

6 and 7 January - M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

20 January - First Direct Arena, Leeds

17 February - Utilita Arena, Sheffield

23 and 24 February - SSE Arena, Belfast

9 and 10 March - Utilita Arena, Newcastle

23 March - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham

6 and 7 April - 3Arena, Dublin

5 and 6 May - OVO Hydro, Glasgow

19 May - First Direct Arena, Leeds

16 and 17 June - Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff

14 and 15 July - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

11 August - Utilita Arena, Sheffield

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Full list of Peter Kay tour dates in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 as extra shows added to Manchester's AO Arena

More shows are being announced so here's the full list of tour dates for Peter Kay Live

  • 12:13, 12 NOV 2022
  • Updated 06:55, 14 NOV 2022

Peter Kay on stage at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester

Peter Kay will be one busy comedian from December onwards following his extensive list of live performances as part of his new tour. Tickets for the comedian's tour went live on Saturday morning and millions of fans joined the online queues.

From 10am on Saturday, November 12 fans could buy tickets via Ticketmaster , See Tickets and the Ticket Factory . All the ticketing sites saw huge demand and many of the servers crashed at several points as they struggled to cope with the demand.

More dates were announced at several points during the general ticket sale after many of the 2023 performances sold out within minutes. The Liverpool dates at M&S Bank Arena sold out within 30 minutes and Ticketmaster directed fans to the Manchester AO Arena dates instead.

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It was hard to keep up with the new shows and fans who had not yet bagged tickets were being pushed to the best available once through the online queues. Some of the best available options were for 2024 and 2025 shows.

A total of 42 shows are now happening at Manchester's AO Arena and more dates have also been added in London, Birmingham and Sheffield. It takes the current total to 110 shows across 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Below we've compiled a full list of tour dates to make it easier for you to decide which one to go for. The one's highlighted in bold are the newest announced.

Peter Kay tour dates 2022/2023/2024

Friday, December 2 - Manchester AO Arena - 2022

Saturday, December 3 - Manchester AO Arena - 2022

Friday, December 16 - The O2 Arena, London - 2022

Saturday, December 17 - Birmingham Utilita Arena - 2022

Friday, January 6 - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

Saturday, January 7 - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

Friday, January 20 - Leeds First Direct Arena

Saturday, January 21 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, February 17 - Sheffield Utilita Arena

Saturday, February 18 - The O2 Arena, London

Thursday, February 23 - Belfast SSE Arena

Friday, February 24 - Belfast SSE Arena

Saturday, February 25 - Belfast SSE Arena

Thursday, March 9 - Newcastle Utilita Arena

Friday, March 10 - Newcastle Utilita Arena

Wednesday, March 22 - The O2 Arena, London

Thursday, March 23 - Birmingham Resorts World Arena

Thursday, April 6 - Dublin 3Arena

Friday, April 7 - Dublin 3Arena

Friday, April 21 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Saturday, April 22 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, May 5 - Glasgow OVO Hydro

Saturday, May 6 - Glasgow OVO Hydro

Friday, May 19 - Leeds First Direct Arena

Saturday, May 20 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, June 2 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Saturday, June 3 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, June 16 - Cardiff International Arena

Saturday, June 17 - Cardiff International Arena

Friday, July 14 - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

Saturday, July 15 - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

Friday, July 28 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Saturday, July 29 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, August 11 - Sheffield Utilita Arena

Saturday, August 12 - Sheffield Utilita Arena

Tuesday, August 29 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Wednesday, August 30 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, September 8 - Leeds First Direct Arena

Saturday, September 9 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, September 22 - Manchester AO Arena

Saturday, September 23 - Manchester AO Arena

Saturday, October 7 - The O2 Arena, London

Thursday, October 19 - Manchester AO Arena

Friday, October 20 - Manchester AO Arena

Sunday, November 5 - Manchester AO Arena

Monday, November 6 - Manchester AO Arena

Saturday, November 18 - The O2 Arena, London

Friday, December 1 - Manchester AO Arena 2023

Saturday, December 16 - London, The O2 2023

January 5 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2024

January 6 - The O2, London 2024

January 26 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

January 27 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

February 9 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

February 10 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

February 23 - Sheffield, Utilita Arena 2024

February 24 - The O2, London 2024

March 8 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

March 9 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

March 22 - First Direct Arena, Leeds 2024

March 23 - The O2, London 2024

April 5 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

April 6 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

April 19 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2024

April 20 - The O2, London 2024

May 3 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2024

May 4 - The O2, London 2024

May 17 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

May 18 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

June 1 - First Direct Arena, Leeds 2024

June 2 - The O2, London 2024

July 12 - Sheffield, Utilita Arena 2024

July 13 - The O2 Arena, London 2024

June 14 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

June 15 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

July 26 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

July 27 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

August 9 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2024

August 10 - The O2 Arena, London 2024

August 23 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

August 24 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

September 6 - Sheffield, Utilita Arena 2024

September 7 - The O2 Arena, London 2024

September 20 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

September 21 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

October 7 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2024

October 8 - The O2 Arena, London 2024

October 18 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

October 19 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

November 1 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

November 2 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

November 15 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2024

November 16 - The O2 Arena, London 2024

November 29 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

November 30 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

December 5 - The O2 Arena, London 2024

December 6 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2024

December 20 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

December 21 - Manchester AO Arena 2024

January 10 - Manchester AO Arena 2025

January 11 - Manchester AO Arena 2025

January 24 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2025

January 25 - The O2 Arena, London 2025

February 8 - Manchester AO Arena 2025

February 21 - Birmingham Resorts World Arena 2025

February 22 - The O2 Arena, London 2025

April 5 - Manchester AO Arena 2025

May 17 - Manchester AO Arena 2025

June 7 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham 2025

June 21 - Manchester AO Arena 2025

July 25 - Manchester AO Arena 2025

All tour tickets are available on Ticketmaster , See Tickets and the Ticket Factory (Ticket factory is for Birmingham dates only). Speaking of the tour, Kay 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."

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Peter Kay review – from tried and tested everyman routine to jaw-dropping pageant

Manchester Arena After 12 years away from the stage, the slimmed-down entertainer is more unapologetically nostalgic than ever

N o hotcake ever sold in greater quantity than tickets for Peter Kay’s new tour : at one stage in my own bid for access, I was numbered 450,000 in the online queue. It’s a fair bet, then, that Kay will break the record he himself set in 2010 for the biggest-selling standup tour of all time – 1.2 million people saw that show. But is all the fuss justified? And will the long wait for this new show, fraught with speculation about Kay’s health and the likelihood of him ever touring again, prove worthwhile?

If there was any doubt, it was dispelled the moment the slimmed-down 49-year-old stepped onstage at the Manchester Arena. The reception was long, loud and, for Kay, tear-jerking. He took a pause to settle himself: “How’m I supposed to do bloody comedy now?” Not much doubt, though, how Kay was going to do comedy. The two-hour show scarcely deviated from the everyman formula that has made him such a popular success. Some of it, indeed, was almost parodically formulaic, as the Bolton man riffed on modern technology (“What did we do before Amazon? Catalogues!”), led a singalong of 1970s advertising jingles, and gave his famous “garlic bread” routine an Italian makeover.

But for all that, it didn’t come across as just another Peter Kay show. It has a more reflective air: the first half found Kay reminiscing on the dead-end jobs he worked before he was famous, including a stint as an usher in this very arena. The show’s other theme is the recent death of his 96-year-old nan, a big presence in Kay’s life. Earlier, that manifested as some first-base gags about gran’s malapropisms. Later, it prompted a sentimental finale, as a conversation grandson had with granny at the end of her life is replayed over a family-album slideshow.

Elsewhere, while the set never directly addresses the reasons for Kay’s temporary disappearance from public life, there is a section on his recent health challenges. In comic terms, it’s the strongest part of the show, as Kay rolls his eyes at the anaesthetist asking for a selfie, then recounts the indignities of his recent operation for kidney stones. It’s familiar standup territory, but Kay’s got a minimalist gift for expressing indignity and dismay – and there’s a great acting-out of a genitally entangled couple making their way to hospital after an unfortunate post-op accident.

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While this routine is fit to stand alongside well-loved favourites from Kay’s earlier shows, some of the material in the first act barely registers as comedy. When our host orchestrates the audience in a TV theme recital, say, or goes all misty-eyed at one chocolate-bar jingle after another, his role is more conduit for our collective memory than comedian. You look in vain for punchlines – at least until the show’s multiple encores, when those early sections are revisited and built upon in quite spectacular fashion.

It would be unsporting to say too much about the jaw-dropping pageant that Kay lays on here, after the comedy show proper has come to an end. In keeping with the evening’s reflective vibe, there’s a section on misunderstood song lyrics, calling back to one of Kay’s most popular routines – and as funny as ever, because Kay takes so much pleasure in sharing with us these daft misapprehensions. After that, things get wilder, as all those TV themes and jingles return with bells and whistles added – and celebrity cameos, and hot air balloons, and our host dressed like Sergeant Pepper, living out his rockstar dreams.

By the end of Kay’s return to the stage after 12 years away, you can’t help but submit, not just to the spectacle, but to Kay’s commitment to celebrating his generational experience. Top Cat, the Bodyform advert, Blockbuster video: Kay doesn’t just joke about these Proustian madeleines of our shared youth – he fashions his whole show into a hymn to them. One can only imagine what anyone under 30 would think. But for Kay’s fans, it’s catnip. He returns to the stage older, as unapologetically traditional and even more nostalgic than ever, and delivers a show that’s pretty much irresistible.

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Peter kay, o2 arena review - comeback show is worth the wait, nostalgia-fest delivers an emotional punch.

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In 2017, Bolton comic Peter Kay had to cancel his planned tour because of “family circumstances”. But then, when he announced last year that he was back in the saddle, the tickets for Better Late Than Never sold like the proverbial. Well into what has mushroomed into a mega tour continuing until 2025, I caught him at the O2 Arena.

While it's good to have him back, much of the first half could have been written for any of Kay's previous tours since he was nominated for best show in the 1998 Perrier Awards (now the Edinburgh Comedy Awards) as he riffs on one of his mainstays, advertising jingles from his youth. At one point he even leads the audience into a singalong of them.

His material moves to firmer, although no less nostalgic, territory as he recalls jobs from his youth, working at a video rental shop and at a Top Rank bingo hall (younger fans may need to do online searches). There's a decent riff on his unintentional catchphrase “Garlic bread!” and how he now can't pop down to the supermarket to buy it, and he references his appearance on Doctor Who (he says he did it just so that he could make a joke about “Dalek bread”, which I hope is true).

Much has happened to a very slimmed-down Kay since he was last on tour – as it has to much of the population, of course – but threading through the show are his more reflective view of life and mentions of his beloved 96-year-old Nan, who died last year. We hear about some of her malapropisms and later a conversation between them as a family slide show appears on the onstage screen. There's a very funny section, too, on his recent brush with ill health as he has had kidney stones and needed an operation, the experience not made any easier by the anaesthetist asking for a selfie.

And, always a crowd-pleaser, Kay does a lengthy section of his party piece – misheard song lyrics, using his trusty old Walkman just to underline the nostalgia-fest we're experiencing.

Then, just as the evening appears to be winding down, Kay delivers an astonishing coup de theatre, expertly drawing all the seemingly unconnected threads into a hilariously bombastic finale full of colour and spectacle.

The audience are asked to keep the secret for those coming to later dates, and I hope they do because the sheer theatrically of it grabs not just one's attention, but one's emotions too. Kay proves that under that everyman exterior there beats the heart of a showman.

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Peter Kay disappeared for many years but fans were still eager to catch him on his recent tour, which is why it probably sold out so quickly and there's one reason, writes Daniel Bird

Peter Kay's show at Manchester's AO Arena was one of the best

  • 19:26, 13 Dec 2023

Stand-up comedy in front of a live audience must be difficult but in front of 23,000 people, it must be tough for even the most experienced.

But Peter Kay seemed to be at ease following his recent residency in his hometown at Manchester's AO Arena in the city centre. The comedy legend has already performed eight sold-out shows at the arena and has even more to come in the new year.

In total, Peter is performing 46 shows across his tour which, due to popular demand has had to be split over 2023, 2024 and 2025. It comes as no surprise that the vast majority of these are, of course, in Manchester.

Upon announcing his comeback tour, the legend 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," before adding that he was blown away due to the response he received from the public. But what made it so good? Besides the fact he is an utter genius in comedy, Peter made the audience feel as though they were watching him in their local pub.

It didn't matter that he was performing at the UK's biggest indoor arena, with ease, he commanded the stage and had everybody in fits of laughter. Throughout the show, he spotted people from the audience and got them involved with his jokes but we were safely tucked away in the Virgin Red Room so we were safe.

Discussing growing up in Manchester, Peter recalled only having several channels on his TV, saying: "We had BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and ITV2 but there were no Love Island then, Channel 4 was just a star." He even went on to recall a story when he discovered Eric Clapton was a fan of his and once invited him to his house in the South of France, much to his shock.

But it wasn't just comedy that fans were treated to, Peter took to the stage and belted out his own rendition of several classic songs for fans, albeit using a spade instead of a guitar. However, one thing we didn't expect was an unexpected cameo from Oasis legend Noel Gallagher.

It's safe to say that Peter Kay certainly didn't disappoint and there is a reason why he's still one of the most in-demand comics. His show was everything and more.

Although fans were able to purchase tickets, those who use Virgin Red were able to exchange points on their account for tickets to events while sitting in the lavish suite at the arena. But this isn't all, to make the most of a trip to Manchester's AO Arena with Virgin Red, you can even use points for hotels, train tickets and experience days including iFly based at Trafford Park.

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Why did Peter Kay cancel his last tour? What he said at the time and when his last UK shows were

The 49-year-old comedian, who has been largely absent from the public eye for the last four years, will embark on an arena tour.

File photo dated 23/4/2022 of Peter Kay who has announced his return to stand-up comedy with his first live tour in 12 years. The comedian, who has been largely absent from the public eye for the last four years, will embark on an arena tour spanning from this December to August 2023. Issue date: Sunday November 6, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Kay. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Peter Kay is back, as he has announced his return to stand-up comedy with his first live tour in 12 years.

The 49-year-old comedian, who has been largely absent from the public eye for the past four years, will embark on an arena tour.

Kay cancelled his last tour in December 2017, citing “unforeseen family circumstances”.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Why was Peter Kay’s previous UK Tour cancelled?

Peter Kay has had to cancel a few tours in the past years, and he has been largely out of the spotlight.

He was forced to cancel his last stand-up tour, which was due to be 100 shows long and take place over 2018 and 2019, in 2017 due “unforseen family circumstances”. That tour would have marked his return to the stage after eight years.

A statement read: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

“This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance For Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.

“My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.

“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”

Then the 2020 tour, which was planned to raise money for Cancer Research UK, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Obviously this is disappointing news but well and truly justified given the circumstances. We’ll get through this, together and then we’ll all have a great big dance for life,” he said in a statement at the time.

“Stay safe and look after yourselves and the people around you.”

He returned to the stage in August 2021 for two special charity events to raise money for Laura Nuttall, a then 20-year-old with an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.

There was also a brief return in January 2021 when he appeared on BBC Radio 2 to chat to Cat Deeley – who was filling in after Graham Norton left the station – about his love of music, mixtapes and the musical Mamma Mia.

He also made a surprise appearance at a charity screening of his series Car Share in 2018.

What has he said about this one?

The star’s comeback was announced during an advertisement break in the series launch of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on ITV.

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.”

Following the announcement, Kay’s official website appeared to crash briefly under increased online traffic.

A poster for the event featured Kay holding a sign reading, “Better late than never” and described a ticket to his shows as an “ideal Christmas gift”.

When and where will the tour take place?

Dates spanning from this December to August 2023.

It will be his first live tour since 2010, when he scored the Guinness World Record for the biggest selling run of all time, playing to more than 1.2 million people.

Peter Kay announces his first new live stand-up tour in 12 years! Tickets go on sale 10am Saturday 12th November at https://t.co/EVCiTLh3J7 pic.twitter.com/lJBK8R8Y8I — Peter Kay (@peterkay_co_uk) November 6, 2022

Kay will begin his tour on 2 December at the Manchester AO Arena before visiting locations including Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin.

His run will end on 11 August 2023 at the Sheffield Utilita Arena.

Here is the full list of dates:

  • Friday, 2 December 2022 – Manchester AO Arena
  • Saturday, 3 December 2022- Manchester AO Arena
  • Saturday, 17 December 2022 – Birmingham Utilita Arena
  • Friday, 6 January 2023 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
  • Saturday, 7 January – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
  • Friday, 20 January – Leeds First Direct Arena
  • Friday, 17 February – Sheffield Utilita Arena
  • Thursday, 23 February – Belfast SSE Arena
  • Friday, 24 February – Belfast SSE Arena
  • Thursday, 9 March – Newcastle Utilita Arena
  • Friday, 10 March – Newcastle Utilita Arena
  • Thursday, 23 March – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • Thursday, 6 April – Dublin 3Arena
  • Friday, 7 April – Dublin 3Arena
  • Friday, 5 May – Glasgow OVO Hydro
  • Saturday, 6 May – Glasgow OVO Hydro
  • Friday, 19 May – Leeds First Direct Arena

How can I get tickets?

Peter confirmed that tickets would not be out of people’s reach.

He said: “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.”

Tickets go on sale on Saturday 12 November at 10am through Ticketmaster.

O2 customers signed up to its Priority service can purchase tickets from 10am on Thursday 10 November.

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