Beyoncé announces Renaissance world tour, as fans brace for ticket rush

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Beyoncé has announced a 43-date world tour in support of her critically-acclaimed Renaissance album, including five nights in the UK.

The shows will kick off in Sweden on 10 May, before landing at Cardiff’s Principality stadium a week later.

Further UK dates will take place in Edinburgh on 20 May, Sunderland on 23 May and London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 29 and 30 May.

Ticket demand is expected to be huge for her first solo tour since 2016.

A series of pre-sales for the star’s UK shows will begin at 10:00 GMT on Thursday, before tickets then go on general sale on Tuesday.

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

She was reportedly paid $24m (£19.4m) for the one-off show, but faced criticism for performing in a country where homosexuality and gender reassignment are outlawed.

Critics said that contradicted the message of her latest album, which explicitly celebrates black and queer dance culture.

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

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