Want tickets for Beyoncé's Renaissance World Tour? These tips will help you score seats
Beyoncé is the queen of timing.
Just days before Sunday's Grammy Awards, where she is poised to potentially become the most awarded entertainer in the show's history, the singer announced Wednesday a new world tour to support her "Renaissance" album.
Shows start May 10 in both European and North American cities and wrap up Sept. 27 in New Orleans. Demand for tickets is ravenous: "Fan demand already exceeds the number of available tickets by more than 800%," promoter Live Nation said in a news release a day after the tour's announcement, when seven cities were given one more date each.
Priority will go to concertgoers with Verified Fan and other membership-based accounts. Here's how you can get your hands on tickets.
When do Beyoncé tickets go on sale?
Ticketing begins Feb. 6. But rather than put tickets for all shows on sale together, Beyoncé is rolling on-sale dates to try and avoid ticketing system meltdowns that have plagued other big acts of late, notably Taylor Swift.
Be aware that for some, getting tickets will require signing up for one of a variety of Verified Fan platforms by Feb. 3.
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You'll want to make sure you fit into one of these four groups to have the best shot at getting seats for Beyoncé's U.S. performances:
Ticketmaster Verified Fan Onsale: Sign up for an account in order to be eligible for these tickets, which are aimed at ensuring that fans who plan to attend the show get seats ahead of re-sellers.
BeyHive Verified Fan Presale: Registered members of Beyhive, Beyoncé's superfan club, will be eligible to register for Verified Fan Presale during applicable registration windows.
Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan: Citi cardmembers can access this presale by registering with their Citi card number.
Verizon Up Presale: Members of the cellular provider's Verizon Up program are being offered an exclusive presale for the tour.
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Set up your Verified Fan account now
Don't delay. Beyoncé is putting tickets for her U.S. tour dates on sale in three groups: A, B and C. The deadline for fans in Group A cities to sign up for a Ticketmaster Verified Fan accounts is Feb. 3.
Increasingly, ensuring that you have a Verified Fan account is the best way to avoid being left empty-handed or having to go to the secondary market, where prices are often sky high.
Be patient. When top performers announce tours, many rush into action to sign up for Verified Fan accounts, causing delays on "virtual lines."
One more tip. Be sure to check either Beyoncé’s website or the sites of the various ticketing option outlets for the latest location and date updates as a few cities that were previously announced have changed.
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What ticket group am I in and what's the deadline to register?
Group A fans, listen up. The deadline for you to sign up for Ticketmaster, BeyHive or Citi cardmember access to tickets is 11:59 p.m. local time Feb. 3. Group A cities are:
Chicago (Soldier Field Stadium, July 22 and 23)
East Rutherford, N.J. (MetLife Stadium, July 29 and 30)
Washington, D.C. (FedEx Field, Aug. 5 and 6)
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Aug. 11 and 12)
Las Vegas (Allegiant Stadium, Aug. 26)
Inglewood, Calif. (SoFi Stadium, Sept. 2 and 3)
Houston (NRG Stadium, Sept 23 and 24)
BeyHive Verified Fan Presale for these dates is Feb. 6. Citi Verified Fan Presale is Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. local time through Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. local time. Verizon Up Presale is Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. local time through Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. local time. And Ticketmaster Verified Fan Onsale is Feb. 11.
The deadline to sign up for the various programs for Group B cities ends Feb. 9 at 11:59 p.m. local time. Group B cities are:
Minneapolis (Huntington Bank Stadium, July 20)
Boston (Gillette Stadium, Aug. 1)
Tampa (Raymond James Stadium, Aug. 16)
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium, Aug. 18)
San Francisco (Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Aug. 30)
Seattle (Lumen Field, Sept. 13)
Dallas (AT&T Stadium, Sept. 21)
BeyHive Verified Fan Presale: Feb. 13. Citi Verified Fan Presale is between 10 a.m. Feb. 14 and 6 p.m. and Feb. 15 local time. Verizon Up Presale is between 10 a.m. Feb. 16 and 6 p.m. Feb. 17 local time. And Ticketmaster Verified Fan Onsale is Feb. 18.
The deadline to sign up for the various programs for Group C cities ends Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m. local time. Group C cities are:
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field, July 12)
Nashville (Nissan Stadium, July 15)
Louisville (L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium, July 17)
Detroit (Ford Field, July 26)
Pittsburgh (Acrisure Stadium, Aug. 3)
Charlotte, N.C. (Bank of America Stadium, Aug. 9)
St. Louis (Dome at America's Center, Aug. 21)
Phoenix (State Farm Stadium, Aug. 24)
Kansas City (GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Sept. 18)
New Orleans (Caesars Superdome, Sept. 27)
BeyHive Verified Fan Presale: Feb. 20. Citi Verified Fan Presale is between 10 a.m. Feb. 21 and 6 p.m. and Feb. 22, local time. Verizon Up Presale is between 10 a.m. Feb. 23 and 6 p.m. Feb. 24 local time. And Ticketmaster Verified Fan Onsale is Feb. 25.
What if I love Beyoncé and live in Canada?
If you're hoping to hit a show in either Toronto (Rogers Centre, July 8 and 9) or Vancouver (BC Place, Sept. 11), the Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration window closes Feb. 3 at 11:59 local time. BeyHive Verified Fan Presale is Feb. 6, and the Ticketmaster Verified Fan Onsale date is Feb. 7.
What if I want to catch Queen Bey in Europe?
European tour dates also have two staggered onsale windows.
If you're in this first bucket of cities, BeyHive Presale is Feb. 6 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time, and general onsale is Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. local time. Those cities are:
Stockholm, Sweden (Friends Arena, May 10)
Cardiff, Wales (Cardiff Principality Stadium, May 17)
Edinburgh, Scotland (BT Murrayfield Stadium, May 20)
Sunderland, England (Stadium of Light, May 23)
Paris (Stade de France, May 26)
London (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, May 29 and 30)
Marseille, France (Orange Velodrome, June 11)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (John Cruijff Stadium, June 17 and June 18)
Warsaw, Poland (PGE Narodowy, June 27)
If you're in the second bucket, BeyHive Presale is Feb. 6 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time, and general onsale is at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 local time. Those cities and dates:
Brussels, Belgium (King Baudouin Stadium, May 14)
Barcelona, Spain (Olympic Stadium, June 8)
Cologne, Germany (Rhein Energie Stadion, June 15)
Hamburg, Germany (Volksparkstadion, June 21)
Frankfurt, Germany (Deutsche Bank Park, June 24)
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How much will Beyoncé tickets cost?
Ticket prices have not yet been announced. But one thing to keep in mind is dynamic pricing. That's when, with the prior agreement of the artist, some of the best seats in the house are subject to real-time market demand.
How high can tickets go? When Bruce Springsteen allowed some of the best seats to his upcoming tour to be dynamically priced, some went as high as $4,000 and many fans were outraged. But sales figures released by Ticketmaster reveal that about 12% of tickets were so-called Platinum, or subject to dynamic pricing.
Over the years, top acts such as Taylor Swift, Drake, Paul McCartney, Ye and Harry Styles have embraced dynamic pricing. Currently, artists such as The Weeknd, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood also are offering their best seats – often dubbed Platinum Tickets – through this variable pricing system.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to get Beyoncé Renaissance tour tickets with Verified Fan, presale