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.
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.
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.
Ascending to the highest table of live pop performance, in 2011 Beyoncé became the first solo female pop singer to headline Glastonbury festival.
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…
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.
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