Beyonce announced her Formation World Tour in a commercial after her stunning, politically charged performance at Super Bowl 50 of the new song of the same title. See the tour dates and get the scoop.
Yes, it’s true that Chris Martin and his multi-Grammy winning rock band Coldplay were the headlining performers at Super Bowl 50, held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, but one would never know it. The band might as well have been her backing band. it was her second time at the Super Bowl, after being the headliner, three years ago, and reuniting Destiny’s Child for the first time in many years.
So already, even as a featured artist this time around, there was huge anticipation. Beyonce had already left the world abuzz with the stunning video for ‘Formation’ stirring up discussing and a fair dose of controversy. The song itself is a scorching and politically charged anthem making a powerful statement against police brutality and offering more than a subtle nod to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It was produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and for those who didn’t pay attention to the lyrics, the meaning was more than made clear in the Melina Matsoukas-directed video with searing imagery from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
And in fact, that was, for a time a source of controversy, as the video, used footage from a documentary, ‘That B.E.A.T.,’ directed by Chris Black and produced by by Abteen Bagheri. As EW reports, both men sent out a series of Tweets expressing displeasure while claiming that the footage was used without securing permission. The publication went on to note that the footage had been properly licensed and filmmakers “given proper compensation” and, later on, both men Tweeted approval.
Yes, this all unfolding in rapid-fire social media real-time. Not least, of course, Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance with her squadron of backup dancers wearing versions of her black-leather outfit that was clearly evoking Michael Jackson’s costume from his ‘Dangerous’ Tour of the early 1990s.
And while critics have been divided over the Super Bowl halftime performance as a whole, many have noted that Beyonce, a featured guest, easily overshadowed both Coldplay as well as Bruno Mars, which is not to say that the latter, in particular, was out in full force with a dance crew all of his own, in a rousing rendition of his collaboration with Mark Ronson that has topped the charts all over the world and is well on its way to become one of this decade’s biggest and most iconic hits. But social media, being even more unforgiving erupted with memes of Beyonce’s undeniable upstaging of Chris Martin and his band.
After that astonishing 13-minute mini-concert, the upstaging was complete. What viewers saw next was a commercial announcing Beyonce’s Formation World Tour. In retrospect it seems now quite inevitable. We went from a surprise release of a video to less than 48-hours later a world tour that’s suddenly become a must-see for fans worldwide.
The newly announced tour kicks off its North American leg on April 27th in Miami, Florida and wraps on June 12 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The European leg then kicks off in Sunderland, UK.
Here’s the full 2016 itinerary as announced this far:
04/27 – Miami, FL @ Marlins Park
04/29 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
05/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
05/03 – Raleigh, NC @ Carter-Finley Stadium
05/05 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
05/07 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
05/09 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
05/12 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium
05/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
05/16 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
05/18 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
05/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ TCF Bank Stadium
05/25 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
05/27 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
05/29 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
05/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
06/03 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
06/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
06/07 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
06/10 – Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium
06/12 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
06/28 – Sunderland, UK @ Stadium of Light
06/30 – Cardiff, UK @ Millennium Stadium
07/02 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
07/05 – Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford
07/07 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
07/09 – Dublin, IE @ Croke Park
07/12 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Esprit Arena
07/14 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund
07/16 – Amsterdam, NE @ Arena
07/18 – Milan, IT @ Stadio San Siro
07/21 – Paris, FR @ Stade de France
07/24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Parken
07/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
07/29 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank Arena
07/31 – Brussels, BE @ Roi Boudoin
Yes, it’s been a whirlwind for the music world, as we had not only the first new song in more than a year and the new video (below) now, this, Beyonce’s Formation World Tour.