The pop star set a great example for the industry by shouting out to the hundreds of people who make such massive excursions possible
Any tour is a huge undertaking that requires an incredible amount of planning and logistics. This applies to a band in a van pulling double (or triple or quadruple) duty as performers, chauffeurs, salespeople, backline technicians, or the biggest pop stars on the planet, who need hundreds of people to make their trips possible.
Despite this reality, it’s rare to see a major artist share their entire production and service credits for their tours, so that everyone gets a chance to shine. It happens every now and then: Madonna gave her staff a huge shout out to her Madame X a trip; SZA let the credits roll on the big screen at her end SOS shows; And now Beyoncé has shared the credits to her Renaissance The tour just launched in Europe.
the Renaissance The credits provide a glimpse into the insane scope of such tours, which would not be possible without everyone from dancers and backup musicians, to dress-up teams and glam squads, to lighting crews, sound technicians, carpenters, masons, caterers, and security. Beyoncé even has an integrated “automation” team, which is probably the crew responsible for making sure the crazy robot arms are working properly every night.
(Seeing the full credits also helps partially explain why concert tickets are so expensive these days — not counting the questionable fees charged by those selling tickets.)
Beyoncé fired Renaissance In Stockholm, Sweden this past Wednesday, May 10, so far, the shows have featured massive, career-spanning setlists packed with plenty of surprises, like the opening act of “Dangerously In Love” and a clever mix of old and new songs (like 2018’s “Sweet Dreams”). 2008 mixed with Renaissance Favorite “Alien Superstar”).
European leg of Renaissance The tour will run through May and June. Beyoncé will kick off her North American tour on July 8th in Toronto, and performances are scheduled to end through September 27th in New Orleans.