Peter Kay at Manchester AO Arena - dates, start time, banned items, travel and everything you need to know

The Farnworth-born comedian has a residency at Manchester’s AO Arena

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Peter Kay’s much anticipated return to the stand up stage continues with his huge residency right here in Manchester. The comedian, who is also known for writing the hit show ‘Phoenix Nights’, continues a long run of AO Arena gigs which kicked off last year. 

The gigs at the back end of 2022 brought to an end a 12 year pause on stand up tours for Kay. Fans have been eagerly anticipating his fully blown return to the limelight. 

With tickets already selling fast and sold out in most cases, thousands of fans will descend on the AO Arena across the coming months to watch the comedian perform live. 

Full Peter Kay Manchester AO Arena dates

2023: November 5 & 6, December 1 & 2

2024 January 26 & 27, February 9 & 10, March 8 & 9, April 5 & 6, May 17 & 18, June 14 & 15, July 26 & 27, August 23 & 24, September 20 & 21, October 18 & 19, November 1, 2, 29 & 30, December 20 & 21

2025 – January 10 & 11, February 8, April 5, May 17 & June 21

When do the Peter Kay gigs at the AO Arena start?

According to the AO Arena doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start.

What you can’t take into the AO Arena

Peter Kay is back at Manchester's AO Arena this weekend. Peter Kay is back at Manchester's AO Arena this weekend.
Peter Kay is back at Manchester's AO Arena this weekend.

Several items are on a banned list and cannot be taken into the venue. The following items are prohibited at AO Arena:

  • Glass, cans, aluminium bottles or thermoses of any kind including liquid products which can be consumed.

  • Flammable liquids in any container

  • Laser pens/pointers

  • Video cameras, recording devices and professional cameras

  • Laptop computers, tablet devices, Go Pros or tablets with filming and recording capabilities

  • Large/golf/metal tipped umbrellas

  • Knives or weapons of any kind

  • Illegal drugs or substances

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Signs, banners or flags on poles, staffs or selfie sticks

  • Animals (except ADUK registered service dogs)

  • Air horns, whistles, cowbells or other noise-making distractions

  • Projectiles (frisbees, beach balls, footballs etc)

  • Aerosol cans (hairspray, deodorant etc )

  • Fireworks, confetti, glitter bombs or flares

  • Balloons

  • Use of wheeled footwear, skateboards

  • Food and drinks

How to contact AO Arena

You can find information on how to contact AO Arena here.

How to get to AO Arena by Metrolink Tram

The AO Arena welcomes some of the biggest names in music, sport and entertainment every year. Thousands of fans descend on the arena for each event, with plenty using the arena’s nearest tram stop which is Victoria.

If you want to get food or drink in the city centre beforehand, then another option for your tram stop is Exchange Square which is surrounded by several top restaurants.