Beyonce fans scramble for UK show tickets amid ‘high demand’
Fans of superstar Beyonce in the United Kingdom faced long lines online as tickets for her first world tour in seven years went on sale.
The ticket manager on Tuesday confirmed a Thursday appointment to see the most decorated Grammy Award-winning artist of all time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, “due to high fan demand”.
Additional performances for the Renaissance World Tour on June 1 have been added to the previously announced dates of May 29 and 30 and June 3 and 4.
Since the announcement of the new date, the number of people queuing on Ticketmaster’s website has grown to nearly 500,000.
Beyonce, 41, will also perform at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on May 17, Murrayfield in Edinburgh on May 20 and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on May 23.
Last week, O2 apologized to fans experiencing “difficulty” selling tickets in advance, after experiencing “excessive demand”.
Some customers reported problems purchasing tickets on the O2 Priority website and app on Thursday.
Prices range from £56 for a seat ticket to £2,400 for a “on stage” VIP experience in the front row.
Tickets on resale sites have since been listed at between £179 and £10,517.
Last year, Ticketmaster apologized after Taylor Swift fans in North America faced massive delays and error messages when trying to buy tickets for their The Eras tour.
The company blamed bot problems and unprecedented demand.
In January, US senators questioned Ticketmaster and the company it merges, concert promoter Live Nation, about their role in the failure.
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A law firm representing Swift fans asked buyers of Beyonce’s tickets on Monday to contact them if they are having issues with the general sale.
Beyonce’s world tour kicks off May 10 in Stockholm before visiting stadiums across Europe during the spring and summer.
Named after her recent album, the Renaissance World Tour will help students at colleges and universities in 10 cities through a scholarship fund.
Beyonce’s final global tour is named after her hit song Formation, an R&B track with trap and bounce influences that celebrates her success and culture.
Renaissance, her seventh studio album released last year, has taken a different musical direction by combining house music and disco-focused Afrobeats.
On Sunday, Beyonce received her 32nd trophy at the Grammys, one more than the previous record held by the late British-Hungarian conductor Georg Solti.
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