Beyoncé will headline a solo tour for the first time since 2016 — before Beychella, Covid-19, and “Renaissance,” the singer said on Wednesday through social media.
The Renaissance World Tour, in support of Beyoncé’s seventh solo album, will continue for at least 40 shows, largely in stadiums, starting on May 10 in Stockholm and continuing through June in Europe before coming to North America, according to dates released on Beyoncé’s website. The tour includes one night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey (July 29) and another at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, in addition to concerts in Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Miami (Sept. 2).
Beginning Monday, members of Beyoncé’s BeyHive fan club will be able to buy a limited quantity of tickets for certain tour dates. Additional tickets will subsequently be distributed in phases per market, with a complex registration procedure for various levels of buyer.
The tour will use Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan system, which aims to limit bots and professional scalpers. It will be one of the first significant tests for Ticketmaster since the extraordinary demand for early tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour last year resulted in fan backlash and regulatory scrutiny. Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment is producing the tour, which is being marketed by Live Nation. During a Senate Judiciary hearing last month, artists, fans, and politicians slammed Live Nation Entertainment, the music industry behemoth that owns Ticketmaster, as a monopoly that inhibits competition and punishes consumers.
Beyoncé’s concerts will be her first public live performances since her On the Run II tour with her husband, Jay-Z, in 2018. The tour coincided with the surprise publication of the Carters’ collaboration album, “Everything Is Love.” Beyoncé last went on tour in support of a solo album in 2016. Two years later, she headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
All at once boisterous, rowdy, and delicious. A mind-blowing accomplishment of musical and choreographic direction.
Beyoncé delivered the song a video performance at the 94th Academy Awards the year prior.
The release of “Renaissance,” a dance-floor-friendly album inspired by the L.G.B.T.Q. community and including hits like “Break My Soul” and “Cuff It,” heralded her definitive return to the pop mainstream.
The singer characterised “Renaissance” as one of three songs she recorded during the flu outbreak. “My purpose was to construct a safe haven, a place without judgement,” she stated in her Act I essay. Overthinking and perfectionism are not permitted. A place where one may rant, blow off steam, and feel liberated.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, big music touring has entirely recovered, especially at its peak. According to the industry trade publication Pollstar, pent-up fan demand, inflation, and iconic musicians such as Bad Bunny, Elton John, and Harry Styles all contributed to touring’s record-breaking $6.28 billion in income last year, a more than 13 percent gain over 2019.
In addition to Beyoncé’s appearances, this year will witness big tours from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Metallica, Morgan Wallen, and Madonna.
Beyoncé performed for an invite-only audience of influencers and journalists at the grand opening of a luxury hotel in Dubai last month, and she sparked even more controversy than normal.
While some fans chastised the singer for taking a large salary in a nation where homosexuality is illegal, others pointed out that the artist’s set selection did not yet contain songs from “Renaissance.” According to the Guardian, “Beyoncé’s Dubai performance is not just an insult to LGBTQ+ fans, but also to workers’ rights in the UAE.”