After pioneering the art of the surprise album drop with Lemonade back in 2016, Beyoncé has been changing things up again with her seventh studio album Renaissance and stoking excitement for a live outing following the release of her latest record. Featuring sensual dance and house beats, fantastically empowering lyrics, and a dash of controversy, there can be no doubt in anyone’s minds that Renaissance was the ultimate album of summer 2022. But the question now is: Will Beyoncé tour the UK any time soon? And if so, when?
Though Queen B’s stopped short of confirming dates, the star has subtly hinted that the Renaissance tour might be landing in 2023. At Santa Monica’s Wearable Art Gala on Oct. 22, a fundraiser event for the various artistic and mentorship programs at North Hollywood’s WACO, the singer auctioned off a concert ticket package for an eye-watering $50,000 (£43.7k). According to the listing, the highly exclusive prize “offers you a chance to see Beyoncé on her Renaissance Tour starting in the summer of 2023 at any of United’s national and international destinations around the world.” It sure sounds like there’s a tour on the way next year, then.
To hype her dance-inspired new release, Beyoncé originally returned with early single “Break My Soul,” which owes a debt to the pulse of ‘90s house music, and sampling Robin S’ classic dance track “Show Me Love,” Bey’s comeback moment was apparently inspired by the isolation of lockdown (according to Vogue’s editor Edward Enninful) and a yearning for the dance floor.
Given the heavy dance influences of the record, it seems likely that Renaissance will get a live outing of some description. The Sun had previously reported that Bey’s team had been scoping out small venues in the UK for a handful of intimate secret shows.
“This new record and campaign will be her most interactive one yet because she wants to reach out to the fans,” an anonymous source claimed. “It will focus on live experiences outside of touring, including intimate shows and pop-up performances. She is planning to spend a lot of time performing and promoting it in the UK, so there will be unique surprises in store for the British fans.”
However, these intimate dates never came to fruition ahead of the album’s release in July, but it’s still possible they could still form part of a future world tour.
Beyoncé’s last solo tour took place in 2016, in support of her previous album Lemonade. Since then, the singer has made history as the first Black woman to headline Coachella, and her monumental headline set for the festival in 2018 will surely be remembered as one of the great modern pop shows. In other words, get straight on those tickets if she announces a new tour.
Bustle has approached Beyoncé’s representatives for comment and will update this story when more information is available.
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