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Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour

Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour

Ticket sales for her first solo tour since 2016 are expected to be extremely high.

Beyoncé has announced a 43-city world tour in support of her critically acclaimed Renaissance album, which will include five UK dates.

The concerts will begin in Sweden on May 10 before moving to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium a week later.

Additional UK dates will be held in Edinburgh on May 20, Sunderland on May 23, and London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 29 and 30.

Ticket sales for her first solo tour since 2016 are expected to be extremely high.

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A series of pre-sales for the star’s UK shows will begin on Thursday at 10:00 GMT, followed by a general sale on Tuesday.

Before ticket pre-sales begin on Monday in North America, fans are asked to register for Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan process, which the company claims will filter out touts.

Those who have registered will be put through a “lottery-style process” if demand exceeds the number of available tickets.

Politicians in the United States, who are already investigating Ticketmaster for the botched sale of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour, will be watching how the systems handle Beyoncé’s concerts.

Beyoncé performed her first headlining concert in four years last week at the opening of a luxury hotel in Dubai, but she did not perform any new material.

She was reportedly paid $24 million (£19.4 million) for the one-time performance, but she was chastised for doing so in a country where homosexuality and gender reassignment are illegal.

Critics argued that this contradicted her latest album’s message, which explicitly celebrates black and queer dance culture.

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During the pandemic, Beyoncé envisioned the album as “a place to dream and find escape,” layering her songs with multiple samples and references to club music, ranging from Nile Rodgers’ Studio 54 disco grooves and Grace Jones’ imperious soul to less-celebrated movements like bounce and dancehall.

It was described as “the sound of a once-in-a-generation superstar performing at her peak” by Exclaim magazine, and as “a breath-taking, maximalist tour de force” by the Guardian.

Beyoncé has avoided making music videos for the album, so the Renaissance tour will be the first opportunity for fans to see her visual interpretations of songs like Break My Soul, Alien Superstar, and Cuff It.

The former Destiny’s Child member could reveal more details at the Grammys this weekend, where she is nominated for nine awards, including album of the year.

In October, the singer hinted at a world tour when she raffled off tickets to a show at the fifth annual Wearable Art Gala.

Images from the auction revealed that the “unique” prize, valued at $20,000 (£16,200), included first-class plane tickets, a three-night hotel stay, two concert tickets, and a guided backstage tour led by Beyoncé’s mother.