Beyoncé's back with a brand new tour
As fans gather multiple laptops and warm-up their refreshing fingers ahead of the release of tickets for Beyoncé – The Formation World Tour 2016 dates in June and July, we remember some of Queen Bey’s greatest live moments, starting with her show-stealing rendition of ‘Crazy In Love’ during her first solo UK appearance at the Princes Trust Fashion Rocks show at the Royal Albert Hall in 2003. O2 Priority Tickets for Beyoncé are available from 10am Saturday 13 Feb. O2 Priority customers get tickets 48 hours before general release. Search ‘O2 Priority’ for tickets.
Beyoncé's early appearances were deliberately eye-catching, setting her up as the new solo fem-pop sensation. At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards she arrived by descending upside down on a rope from the heavens onto a velvet couch like a modern day Cleopatra, then invited Jay-Z onstage for 'Crazy In Love'.
Even as her solo career was taking off, Beyoncé returned to Destiny's Child for a farewell album 'Destiny Fulfilled' and a tour in 2005, a memorable show of sisterhood from the 90s most legendary US girlband.
By 2006 Jay-Z was well on the way to putting a $5million ring on it and while America's rising power couple were low-key about their relationship in private, onstage they were regularly on fire. Take the BET Awards in LA in 2006, where their joint performance of 'Deja Vu' sizzled with the sort of sexual tension that Take Me Out: The Gossip can only dream of.
A grandmaster of the spangly leotard strut, Knowles' performances took a turn for the sophisticated at the 2008 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, where she appeared in a red velvet throne to sing the gender-obliterating 'If I Were A Boy' alongside a backing band decked out like an S&M marching band.
Aaaand… back to the corsets. Beyoncé's 2009 I Am tour saw her embrace her alter-ego Sasha Fierce during a dazzling costume-swapping show that even saw her fly over the crowd to a second stage. Bey-rilliant.
It all went a bit Eyes Wide Shut during her 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards slot in Berlin, with Beyoncé in red lingerie-style outfit singing 'Sweet Dreams' while being attended to by besuited men in masks. Fifty Shades Of Bey?
Declaring the fem-power revolution with 'Run The World' at the Billboard Music Awards in 2011, Beyoncé danced alongside an army of screen Beys in one of the most eye-blitzing tech-pop performances any award show has ever seen.
Ascending to the highest table of live pop performance, in 2011 Beyoncé became the first solo female pop singer to headline Glastonbury festival.
Beyoncé adopted a classic soul show-woman look for her 2011 MTV Video Music Awards performance of 'Love On Top', harking back to an age "when music made you feel so good".
2013 saw Beyoncé centre-stage at several major events, first singing (well, miming, but it looked cool) the US national anthem during the inauguration of Barack Obama for his second Presidential term…
… then, a few weeks later, take the prestigious Superbowl Halftime show slot, delivering a medley featuring firework-spewing guitars, a video stage shaped like two faces with flowing cloth hair and a surprise appearance from Destiny's Child.
The 2013 Mrs Carter Show world tour was a regal-themed spectacular involving more costume changes than a one-man Hamlet and Beyoncé, at one point, flying through a cloud of glitter. Immense.
In 2014, she then teamed up with Jay-Z for a joint tour called On The Run, mashing together their back catalogues to staggering effect and raising the black stars and stripes with pride.
Beyoncé's increasingly political bent culminated in her show-stopping appearance during Coldplay's Superbowl halftime show in February 2016, performing 'Formation' alongside dancers in Black Panther garb and declaring herself "the black Bill Gates in the making".
Excited for The Formation World Tour? Don't forget that O2 Priority Tickets for Beyoncé are available from 10am Saturday 13 Feb. O2 Priority customers get tickets 48 hours before general release. Search 'O2 Priority' for tickets.