Beyoncé fans were met with a mixture of jubilation and frustration this morning, as tickets for the UK leg of the singer’s Renaissance tour went on sale. Some estimates number the online queue at over one million at its peak.
Just as the sun rises, so too will fans of an icon like Beyoncé be left disappointed when it comes to snatching up tickets for their idol’s tour. After announcing a global run of dates in support of Renaissance last week, tickets for the UK shows went on sale this morning. And, inevitably, not everyone has walked away with a ticket.
The collective disappointment felt by some of the Beyhive – matched by the ecstasy of those who did get tickets – arrived despite the singer adding three more dates to her show at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. News of the further additions, though, appeared to only fuel the hope of some about getting hold of a golden ticket.
One report states that over a million fans were in the queue, waiting for a ticket. Many of those took fire at Ticketmaster, reporting website malfunction, being kicked out of the queue and adding the extra dates whilst fans were waiting in others.
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The scramble for Beyoncé’s UK shows of course comes after Ticketmaster came in for a torrent of criticism when it’s website crashed in November for Taylor Swift’s Eras tour. The ticket supplier’s monopoly subsequently made its way to a Senate committee hearing in the States.
Disgruntled Swifties also filed two lawsuits against the firm, citing “fraud, price-fixing, and antitrust violations”, in addition to anticompetitive and misleading conduct.
In fact, as noted by Twitter page Pop Base, Beyoncé fans who were left unhappy by today’s ticket sales were encouraged by the law firm representing fans of Swift in their case against Ticketmaster to contact them.
Some Beyoncé are not only getting over their own personal inability to get a ticket, but are struggling to comprehend how the singer was yet again denied Album of the Year at this year’s Grammys, having she lost out to Harry Style’s Harry’s House on Sunday evening.
The law firm representing Taylor Swift fans, who are suing Ticketmaster, urges Beyoncé fans to contact them as well if they have any issues buying Renaissance tour tickets. pic.twitter.com/VvXns2kTPn
— Pop Base (@PopBase) February 6, 2023
Beyoncé made history on the night, however, becoming the artist with the most Grammys in history after picking up four awards: Best Dance/Electronic Album for Renaissance; Best Dance/Electronic Recording (‘Break My Soul’); Best RnB Song (‘Cuff It’); and Best Traditional RnB Performance (‘Plastic Off the Sofa’). Yet that wasn’t enough to satisfy her fans who felt she’d been robbed, yet again, of the award’s most coveted prize.
UK fans who now have a ticket to see her will no doubt feel they’re the ones with the biggest prize of all.