Launching April 27 in Miami, FL, Beyonce’s The Formation World Tour North American leg will include concerts in numerous major the USA and Canada cities, including Houston, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto, and Philadelphia. The leg will include couple nights at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. Featuring 22 stops in the USA and 2 in Canada cities, the tour is scheduled to end at August 22, 2016 in Chicago, IL.
‘The Formation World Tour’ is first Beyonce’s solo tour since ‘Mrs. Carter Show World Tour’ in 2013. The all-stadium tour was announced following her guest appearance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Beyonce has also co-headlined stadiums with her husband Jay-Z on the six week ‘On The Run’ tour in 2014. Full schedule for the Beyonce 2016 tour upcoming concerts:
April 27: Marlins Ballpark in Miami, FL;
April 29: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL;
May 1: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA;
May 3: Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC;
May 5: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN;
May 7: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX;
May 9: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX;
May 12: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA;
May 14: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA;
May 16: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA;
May 18: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA;
May 20: Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB;
May 23: TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN;
May 25: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON;
May 27: Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago, IL;
May 29: Ford Field in Detroit, MI;
May 31: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA;
June 3: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA;
June 5: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA;
June 7: Citi Field in New York, NY;
June 8: Citi Field in New York, NY;
June 10: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD;
June 12: Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA.
The Formation World Tour would be supporting local United Way of America programs, as well as the Flint water crisis. The tour’s title is in reference to Beyonce’s 2016 song “Formation”.
A self-described “modern-day feminist”, Beyoncé creates songs that are often characterized by themes of love, relationships, and monogamy, as well as female sexuality and empowerment. On stage, her dynamic, highly choreographed performances have led to critics hailing her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Throughout a career spanning 19 years, she has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award’s history. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized her as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s decade. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s and their Artist of the Millennium in 2011. Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and 2014. Forbes magazine also listed her as the most powerful female musician of 2015.
Beyoncé’s vocal range spans four octaves. Jody Rosen highlights her tone and timbre as particularly distinctive, describing her voice as “one of the most compelling instruments in popular music”. While another critic says she is a “Vocal acrobat, being able to sing long and complex melismas and vocal runs effortlessly, and in key. Her vocal abilities mean she is identified as the centerpiece of Destiny’s Child. The Daily Mail calls Beyoncé’s voice “versatile”, capable of exploring power ballads, soul, rock belting, operatic flourishes, and hip hop. Jon Pareles of The New York Times commented that her voice is “velvety yet tart, with an insistent flutter and reserves of soul belting”. Rosen notes that the hip hop era highly influenced Beyoncé’s strange rhythmic vocal style, but also finds her quite traditionalist in her use of balladry, gospel and falsetto. Other critics praise her range and power, with Chris Richards of The Washington Post saying she was “capable of punctuating any beat with goose-bump-inducing whispers or full-bore diva-roars.”
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