Everything you need to know about Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour’s first leg.
It’s Queen B again. Beyoncé announced yesterday night at Friends Arena in Stockholm for the first leg of the Renaissance World Tour that she would not let fans down, nearly five years after her On the Run II tour with Jay-Z. The performance was outrageous, a futuristic homage to LGBTQ culture and dance music. The set list included 36 songs for a total of three hours of music, with every minute aspect carefully considered to achieve the wow factor and foster a space atmosphere: Dancers, intricately designed visuals, and special effects included dancing robots, UV-activated clothing, a metal tank that fans dubbed the BeyWagon, a large “robot vagina,” a huge white horse coated in glitter, and other couture looks selected by stylist Shiona Turini.
The singer debuted her Dangerously In Love 2 performance wearing a fitted Alexander McQueen bodysuit embellished with anatomical embroidery made of silver beads and crystals, which was reminiscent of the designs she wore on the 2009 I Am Tour by Thierry Mugler. Tiffany & Co. provided the jewelry, and what about the beauty? Bey chose honey-brown hair that was free-flowing, with balayage and curtain fringe to frame her face, which was sculpted by suntan-inspired makeup. Following this Barbarella-inspired debut, Bey wore a string of extraordinary outfits, including an individualized bodysuit covered in beadwork by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, a hat and pair of sunglasses modeled after the dancefloor codes of the Rousteing-Bey collaboration that was previously unveiled, and a dress by Anrealage that changed color when exposed to UV light, similar to the pieces in the Japanese brand’s FW23 collection. The artist wore a holographic minidress and trench coat by London-based designer David Koma together with a set of maxi earrings and pointed gold boots. The garments were designed in hues of green, yellow, blue, orange, and purple. Courrèges’ characteristic ensemble, a silver bodysuit with a shiny and reflective finish combined with soft white boots by GEDEBE, radiated the same cosmic princess atmosphere at Alien Superstar.
Beyoncé vs Britney
Beyoncé gave Britney Spears homage. Spears’ Toxic sample blasted out during the second half of the performance, before she switched to Thique and was backed by the French dance group Les Twins, driving the crowd into raptures.
Will Beyoncé’s current tour be her last?
According to certain persistent rumors, the singer may bid the stage adieu during the Renaissance World Tour. Many fans are certain that Beyoncé’s current tour is her final one. The hint? Beginning with songs like Dangerously In Love, Flaws and All, and I Care, the musical program moved on to her greatest hits and the entirety of the Renaissance album. We’ll see whether the notion holds up even if it appears a little flimsy.