Peter Kay cancels huge Manchester gig with just 24 hours notice

Peter Kay on stage. He is wearing a suit jacket and pinstripe shirt.
Peter Kay is currently on a mammoth tour -Credit:Getty Images

Peter Kay has been required to cancel two major performances in Manchester with just a single day's notice. Regretfully, the comic will not be entertaining crowds tomorrow night at the Co-op Live arena due to technical issues.

This disappointing news has also affected his gig scheduled for Wednesday evening at the same venue, leaving many fans dejected by the sudden change of circumstances. Peter won't be taking the stage due to an issue with the power supply at the newly-constructed venue.

He said: "I'm truly gutted as I know how disappointing this will be for everyone with tickets, but obviously it's a brand-new venue and it's important that everything is finished and safe for full capacity audiences. Fortunately, we've been able to reschedule the shows to next week, (I'll have to miss my Bums and Tums class) but hopefully I'll see you then."

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Despite being a blow for eager fans, the wait isn't long. Rick Astley graced the Co-op Live Arena stage over the weekend for a test event, however, complications have arisen requiring further time for the official launch, reports the Mirror.

A representative for the venue confirmed the unfortunate news, saying: "Following our first test event on Saturday, regretfully we have made the difficult decision to reschedule our two opening performances by Peter Kay. These dates will move from 23 April and 24 Wednesday to Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 April."

"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."

"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. Refunds will be available for those who can no longer attend."

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience that this change will undoubtedly cause for some. We are thrilled to welcome Peter Kay as our grand opening act just a few days later than planned."

This comes after problems with power at the site, which are believed to have affected the fire safety and emergency services communication systems, led to bosses slashing attendance from around 11,000 to 4,000 at Saturday night's test event - less than two hours before it was due to start. Insiders claimed 'everything was run down to the wire' ahead of the test show.

Other stars set to perform include Olivia Rodrigo, Take That, Eric Clapton and Liam Gallagher. The arena is located in the heart of the Ethiad Campus, adjacent to the Manchester City stadium, with Harry Styles reportedly making a small investment in the development.