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For most artists, performing at the halftime show during Super Bowl 50 would make for a pretty big weekend. But most artists aren’t Beyoncé.
The singer stunned in her guest performance during Coldplay’s headlining show tonight, engaging in a sing off with fellow guest Bruno Mars and bringing girl power to an all-male sporting event. Following her final bow, a commercial aired announcing Beyoncé’s upcoming Formation World Tour. How big is this? Big enough for Beyoncé to update her teal Tidal profile pic on Instagram. That’s really big.
The North American leg of the 40-date tour will kick off April 27 in Miami, with only two Canadian dates listed, including May 20 in Edmonton and May 25 and Toronto.
Tickets for European dates go on sale Monday, February 15 with North American tickets available starting Tuesday, February 16. Beyhive fan club members and American Express cardholders can buy tickets starting Tuesday, February 9.
The Formation World Tour is Beyoncé’s first solo tour since 2013’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The full list of North American dates is below.
Wed. April 27 Miami, FL Marlins Park
Fri. April 29 Tampa Raymond James Stadium
Sun. May 1 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome
Tue. May 3 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium
Thu. May 5 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium
Sat. May 7 Houston, TX NRG Stadium
Mon. May 9 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
Thu. May 12 San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium
Sat. May 14 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl
Mon. May 16 Santa Clara, CA Levi’s Stadium
Wed. May 18 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
Fri. May 20 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium
Mon. May 23 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium
Wed. May 25 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
Fri. May 27 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
Sun. May 29 Detroit, MI Ford Field
Tue. May 31 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
Fri. June 3 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium
Sun. June 5 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
Tue. June 7 New York, NY Citi Field
Fri. June 10 Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium
Sun. June 12 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
The tour news comes a little over 24 hours after Beyoncé’s surprise debut of the new single and video for Formation. The new single has a socially conscious message, with Bey singing about her heritage while performing in parts of New Orleans that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
References to the Black Lives Matter movement are seen throughout the video, including spay paint that reads ‘Stop Shooting Us’ and a line of police officers raising their hands, a symbol that became synonymous with the movement following Michael Brown’s death. The video comes one day after Tidal, headed by Jay Z, donated $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement, the same day that would have been slain teen Trayvon Martin’s 21st birthday.
The video was shot in Louisiana by director Melina Matsoukas, who was the mastermind behind Rihanna’s Grammy-winning We Found Love. Matsoukas also worked with Beyonce on her videos for Why Don’t You Love Me, Target, Diva, Upgrade U and more.
In addition to Bey and her chorus line of dancers, daughter Blue Ivy also makes an appearance both in the video and the lyrics, with Beyonce singing “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros.” Blue Ivy was also on hand during tonight’s halftime performance, which we know because of this adorable picture Gwyneth Paltrow shared of her daughter Apple holding hands with Blue Ivy. Can you die from cuteness? This picture could be deadly.