Queen Bey’s Renaissance world tour features 5 UK dates, including Cardiff, Edinburgh and London – followed by shows in Europe and North America
Beyoncé has revealed details of her first tour in seven years in support of her critically-acclaimed Renaissance album – including five nights in the UK.
The announcement was quick to spark speculation in fans hoping Queen B could possibly return to Worthy Farm to headline the Friday night of Glastonbury 2023 – set to run from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th June, with the main music line-up starting on the Friday of the Festival.
Looking at the current tour schedule, Beyoncé is set for a performance in Frankfurt on the Saturday of the Festival (24th June) but has no shows planned for the Friday (23rd June) or Sunday (25th June).
Although Elton John has already been officially announced as the Sunday night Pyramid Stage headliner, the Friday and Saturday headliners have yet to be revealed.
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Currently consisting of 43 dates, the highly anticipated Renaissance world tour will begin on the 10th of May at Stockholm’s Friends Arena before working its way through stadiums in Europe and the UK over the course of spring and summer.
The tour’s North American leg will kick off on the 7th of July in Toronto, and continues through to the autumn, with a concluding date set for the 27th of September at New Orleans’ Caesars Superdome.
Featuring five UK dates in late May (including Cardiff, Edinburgh, Sunderland and two in London), the current tour schedule would mean that for Beyoncé to headline the Friday night at Glastonbury this summer, she would have first completed her show in Germany on the 21st of June, fly (back again) to the UK on the 23rd of June for her potential Glasto gig, then fly back again to Germany the following day to make it in time for her second gig there on the 24th of June – although not impossible, it does seem rather unlikely.
The former Destiny’s Child star may reveal further details at this weekend’s 65th Annual Grammy Awards (6th February), where she is up for nine awards, including album of the year.
Widely praised as a career-best, the Renaissance album (released 29th July 2022) was commended for its pivot to club styles such as house and disco, as well as for a credits list that highlighted LGBTQ+ Black pioneers such as Honey Dijon, Kevin Aviance, Ts Madison and Big Freedia.
The first and only time Beyoncé ever performed at Glastonbury was back in 2011 when she took to the iconic Pyramid Stage as the Sunday night headliner that year.
Speaking to Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley after her performance she said: “I’m feeling so good… It’s so surreal what just happen… This night was a dream… I felt like a rockstar… I’m just so honoured… This is a highlight of my career.”
In other Glasto news, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan appears to have confirmed the band for playing Glastonbury this year, after saying on his radio show that “Glastonbury is gonna be iconic”.
The news comes after the American hard rockers have been strongly rumoured for a Saturday night headline performance at the 2023 edition of the Worthy Farm-held event for quite some time, which has so far only officially confirmed one headliner in Elton John.
Aside from Sir Elton John, who will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night of the Festival, no other acts have yet been confirmed for Glastonbury 2023 – although Arctic Monkeys are the top talked-about contenders for headlining the iconic Stage on the Friday night.
Speaking of self-confirmations; Gabrielle Aplin confirmed she will be playing the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury this summer, while Becky Hill however didn’t quite self-confirm but did hint at a possible Worthy Farm performance this June.
Elsewhere, Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Flea got fans pondering about Glasto after retweeting a sketch of the Pyramid Stage created by renowned artist Stanley Donwood.
While other acts rumoured for playing the Festival, and the Legends Slot in particular, include Stevie Nicks, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi (whose guitarist Richie Sambora recently teased the “possibility” of the band playing at Glastonbury 2023), as well as Roxy Music, who up until not long ago were one of the most strong contenders for this year’s Legends.
However, speaking to NME recently about the possibility of appearing at Glastonbury, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera said: “I’ve had friends texting and emailing, saying: ‘I see you might be playing Glastonbury!’ To which my reply is: ‘Well, tell me about it, because I’ve got no idea.’ I’ll wait to see what happens there. Who knows? I don’t.”
Another band who was rumoured for a slot on this year’s line-up but now looks unlikely to appear at Glastonbury 2023 is Britpop legends Blur, whose drummer recently went on record to say they haven’t been asked to play this year.
Meanwhile, the Spice Girls, who have also been mentioned countless times over the past years in the Legends Slot context, are unlikely to be playing Worthy Farm in 2023, after Victoria Beckham ruled out a Glastonbury appearance as part of a Spice Girls reunion, following long-time speculation fuelled by her former band mates.
Additionally, Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, also revealed in an interview last year with BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, that the Spice Girls “have actually been asked” to play at the Festival – but said that they “won’t be doing it next year ”.
The Legends Slot, often seen as being the 4th headliner slot of the Festival, takes place on the last day of Glastonbury on the Sunday afternoon.
Previous Legends who took to the Pyramid Stage to perform at the coveted slot include Diana Ross (2022), Kylie Minogue (2019), Barry Gibb (2017) and Jeff Lynne’s ELO (2016), to name a few.
Although the first line-up poster doesn’t usually get revealed until around March/April time, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May/beginning of June – there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.
Along with Kraftwerk and Jack Johnson, some other acts rumoured for this year’s event include The 1975, who are once again mentioned in the Glastonbury context after speculation started building throughout the web when the Cheshire band confirmed new tour dates – leaving them wide open over the 2023 Glastonbury weekend.
Pulp revealed dates of their upcoming reunion tour scheduled for this summer – while leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance.
Eminem (who is another act to yet step foot on Worthy Farm) was said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Festival this year – now looks highly unlikely.
Rihanna‘s name had also been mentioned as a possible headliner for 2023, while Taylor Swift, however, effectively ruled herself out of the run for 2023 after announcing her long-rumoured return to the road – scheduled to hit U.S. stadiums beginning in March 2023 and running into August.
It is worth noting though that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say last year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked.
Therefore, some of these rumours are obviously to be taken for what they are, rumours – any insider claiming to know anything about anything, either has access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.
Stay up to date with all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or are rumoured for Glastonbury 2023 via our daily updated line-up & rumours list.
Glastonbury 2023 takes place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June 2023 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.
Tickets for the 2023 event sold out late last year , but resales of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets will take place later in the Spring (around April time).
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