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Beyoncé Announces Renaissance World Tour and Show Dates

Beyoncé Announces Renaissance World Tour and Show Dates


The Grammy-winning musician announced dates for her World Tour across the U.K., Europe, and North America.


Beyoncé fans rejoiced on Wednesday after the superstar singer announced her Renaissance World Tour dates and locations.

She announced the tour on Instagram.

The international tour is set to kick off in Sweden on May 10 with a performance in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm and will last till September 27 in New Orleans.

During the North American part of her tour, she will perform two shows in Toronto on July 8 and 9 before heading to Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on July 12 to kick off her U.S. leg of the tour.

Tickets for the shows have yet to be made available; however, they will be sold via Ticketmaster.

Beyoncé's fan club members will have access to the presale link on once the presale link is available.

There was recently a lot of scrutiny put on Ticketmaster because of the way in which it sold tickets for Taylor Swift's tour.

For years, Ticketmaster has been accused of being a monopoly since its controversial merger with Live Nation in 2010.

Taylor Swift's "The Eras" Tour presale process went awry in November, resulting in long wait times, exorbitant fees, and website outages that left thousands frustrated and without tickets, which led to a new level of outrage.

In light of the announcement's timing, just days before the Grammy Awards, speculation has abounded about whether the singer will perform at the awards, Varietyreports.

There are nine nominations for Beyonce this year, all related to Renaissance.

As Beyoncé has indicated, Renaissance is the first of three acts to make up her trilogy of albums. It debuted, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart on July 29, marking her seventh number-one album, entertainment site Pitchfork reports.

Renaissance came out six years after Queen B's last solo album, Lemonade. The album is dedicated to her family, including her late gay uncle.

The album also featured extensive collaborations with Black queer creators. That talent included trans DJ Honey Dijon, trans actress TS Madison, and queer rapper Big Freedia. Beyonce also brought in lesbian musician Syd to help produce the track "Plastic Off the Sofa." And in her song "Cozy," Beyonce literally describes Daniel Quasar's Progress Pride flag -- also no surprise, given that the album is partly dedicated to her gay "uncle" Johnny.

Johnny, who was technically an older cousin, helped design Destiny's Child clothes in the beginning of Beyoncé's career and served as a supportive influence for both Beyonce and her sister Solange.

Johnny died of AIDS complications several years ago and in her dedication to this album, she wrote, "A big thank you to my uncle Jonny. He was my godmother and the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album. Thank you to all of the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long. This is a celebration for you."

The album is a noteworthy throwback to often unacknowledged Black queer origins of house music and its continued influence on popular music today.

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