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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beyonce adds New Orleans date to "Formation" world tour

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Beyonce has expanded her massive tour in the wake of her acclaimed visual album Lemonade — she'll be in New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 24. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 13. (Beyhive members can access tickets starting 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, and American Express customers can access tickets starting 10 a.m. Friday, May 6.)

That should settle fans' initial disappointment for excluding New Orleans from her first run of dates — despite her featuring the city throughout Lemonade and most of her "Formation" video, including footage of Edna Karr's marching band and bounce documentary That BE.A.T., as well as clips of Messy Mya and Big Freedia, whose "cornbread and collard greens" is now among Freedia's popular catchphrases. Then there's the footage of Beyonce on a New Orleans police cruiser submerged in flood waters in a neighborhood of shotgun houses.

She's brought nearly annual performances to the city — she last performed in the Superdome in 2014 with Jay Z on their "On the Run" tour and headlined Essence Festival in 2013 during her "Mrs. Carter" tour, a few months after killing the lights during her half-time performance at the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Her "Formation" tour stop tops off an impressive September arena concert schedule (Dixie Chicks and Drake, among others heading to New Orleans that month).

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