Editor's Note (Feb. 6 at 10:10 a.m.): This article has been updated to note that registration for the Group B and C presales has closed.
Demand is already astronomical for tickets to Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour, with fans on Twitter saying they’re “ready to fight” for a shot to see Queen Bey live. In fact, so many people registered as Verified Fans in North America that Live Nation closed registration early, on Sunday, Feb. 5.
With presale tickets going on sale Feb. 6 for the certain shows in the North American leg of the tour, which starts in July, Live Nation is sharing step-by-step instructions for fans hoping to nab a seat.
Ticketmaster is no doubt keen to avoid the chaos that ensued around ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming Eras Tour.
For the Beyoncé tour sales, Ticketmaster said in a recent release that it’s implementing measures to “ensure more tickets get into the hands of concertgoers,” using a Verified Fan registration system to “help filter out buyers looking to resell tickets.”
How to get Beyoncé tickets
According to Ticketmaster, fans should follow these steps for a shot at Beyoncé tour tickets:
1. Register as a Verified Fan in the correct group, based on the city you'd like to attend a concert in
Registration for Verified Fan status via Live Nation was open through Feb. 5. Becoming a Verified Fan does not guarantee a ticket.
Registration has been divided into three groups, organized by city. These groups originally had staggered registration dates, but due to high demand, organizers closed registration for all groups on Feb. 5.
Group A — Registration was open through Feb. 2 at 11:59 ET, for shows in these cities:
- Atlanta, Ga.
- Chicago, Ill.
- East Rutherford, N.J.
- Houston, Texas
- Inglewood, Calif.
- Las Vegas, Nev.
- Toronto, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Washington, D.C.
Group B — Registration closed on Feb. 5 for shows in these cities:
- Boston, Mass.
- Dallas, Texas
- Miami, Fla.
- Minneapolis, Minn.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Seattle, Wa.
- Tampa, Fla.
Group C — Registration closed on Feb. 5 for shows in these cities:
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Detroit, Mich.
- Kansas City, Mo.
- Louisville, Ky.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- New Orleans, La.
- Philadelphia, Penn.
- Phoenix, Ariz.
- Pittsburgh, Penn.
- St. Louis, Mo.
2. Verify your registration
Ticketmaster said it would verify each request to register to ensure “it belongs to an individual — not a bot — and that it hasn’t been tied to irregular behaviors that could be a sign of a professional seller attempting to access the sale for purposes of reselling tickets.”
Responding to concerns about people buying tickets only to resell them at a markup, Ticketmaster said that "historically, Verified Fan onsales see only about 5 percent of tickets end up on the secondary market," rather than the "20 to 30 percent which is typical for non-Verified Fan onsales."
3. Get assigned either an access code or a spot on the waitlist
After registering as a Verified Fan, ticket hopefuls will either be assigned an access code or added to a waitlist, likely via "lottery-style" selection process, according to Ticketmaster.
People assigned an access code will have access to the Verified Fan sale. Having a code does not guarantee getting tickets, which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so Ticketmaster recommends logging on promptly at the designated time, code in hand.
Meanwhile, fans added to the waitlist “may be invited to join the sale if tickets remain,” according to Ticketmaster.
If you received a code, head over to our presale instructions here.
Beyoncé ticket presales
In addition to general presale, there are a few presale options available for Beyoncé tour tickets.
Registration for the presales is now closed. The day before the presales for each group (which take place Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20), registered fans should receive an email letting them know whether they have been waitlisted, or given a unique access code to try for a ticket.
- Beyhive Nation presale: Registered members of the BeyHive were able to access the BeyHive presale here through Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
- Citi Presale: Eligible Citi credit or debit card holders were able register for a shot at presale tickets here until Feb. 3.
- Verizon Up Presale: Fans with Verizon Up First Access can get “first dibs” on Renaissance World Tour tickets, according to Verizon’s website.
The Renaissance World Tour kicks off May 10 in Stockholm, Sweden, and will kick off its U.S. leg on July 12 with a show in Philadelphia. The tour will wrap on Sept. 27 in New Orleans.