Fans of US musician Beyonce queue to enter to the Friends Arena to watch her first concert of the World Tour named “Renaissance”, in Solna, north of Stockholm on May 10, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)
LONDON - Beyonce's fans, collectively known as the "BeyHive," are going savage to catch a glimpse of her during her Renaissance World Tour.
Money and distance are no object when your idol beckons in 57 concerts across 40 cities in North America and 14 across Europe.
Jimmy Long of San Francisco flew to Stockholm for the May 10 opening show after finding $370 front-section "Club Renaissance" seats - a bargain compared to similar US-based tickets costing $1,200 or more.
"I texted my boyfriend, 'Do you wanna go to Sweden? Yes, or no? We have 9 minutes to decide.'"
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England-based Ayo Awokoya was uplifted despite enduring an arduous Manchester-London train ride that lasted six hours instead of 4-1/2 hours.
In this file photo taken on July 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, Beyonce's new album "Renaissance" is playing on a smartphone with a picture of the singer in the background. (PHOTO / AFP)
"When I got there it felt like an incredibly great experience," she said.
Beyonce awakened some to life's priorities.
"Teachers had such a hard time and I lost people in my family" in the pandemic, said Janny Nascimento, a primary school teacher in Rio de Janeiro. "After that I had this will to live, to go out there and do things I have never done before."
Janny splurged 6,000 reais ($1,199.21) for her first flight, on top of 5,000 reais for "Club Renaissance" tickets in Frankfurt, Germany.
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