When Beyoncé announced that Renaissance World Tour tickets would soon be available, many members of the “Beyhive” braced for chaos.

Ticketmaster announced last week that demand for Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour had far exceeded the number of tickets available, for more than 800% in the first presale group alone.

Some fans deployed as many strategies as possible to increase the probability of getting tickets. Others gave up entirely, knowing what Taylor Swift fans endured trying to secure tickets to «Eras.» In November, long wait times and technical problems disrupted a pre-sale of Swift’s tour, leaving thousands of fans in the lurch and prompting Ticketmaster to cancel the public sale.

But as pre-sale codes began being emailed to Beyoncé fans who had signed up (either through Ticketmaster, Verizon, or Citi), many were surprised by how easy it was to get tickets.

«It was easier and harder than I expected,» said Elena Trierweiler, 32, who, with the help of her bridesmaids, secured 18 tickets to a show at SoFi Stadium for her bachelorette party. «If you had never used Ticketmaster before, I think it would have been confusing, but compared to past experiences, it wasn’t too bad.»

What surprised many fans, however, was the prices they found.

«If you still have a chance to get tickets, here’s what you should be prepared to spend,» he said. a TikTok creator, who said he spent $6,000 on two tickets. «We had no choice. But I have to say, I’ve been preparing for this moment ever since the Renaissance album came out.» She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Akunnia Akubuilo, 21, said that while trying to get tickets to Beyoncé’s show in Los Angeles, she noticed that ticket prices were changing rapidly.

“I saw that there was a set of seats that cost about $400,” Akubuilo said. “And when I clicked on it again, not like two minutes later, it was priced at $1,100 and I have no idea why.”

She ended up buying tickets for around $300 per person, but noted that «if it was anyone other than Beyoncé, I wouldn’t even bother doing all this.»

Similar thoughts were echoed by other fans who secured tickets, complaining about the apparent dynamic pricing on Ticketmaster, which is the real-time fluctuation of ticket prices based on live demand. High traffic to the site would drive up ticket prices, causing fans to tighten their budgets during the checkout process.

Ticketmaster did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In a reply to a Twitter user whining On dynamic pricing and “prices that fluctuate based on demand and show,” Ticketmaster responded: “Clarification for fans: prices have not changed since the sale began. You are looking at ranges for different available tickets.”

Ticketmaster has faced increasing scrutiny, including from lawmakers and state authorities, over its sales practices. In January, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine Ticketmaster’s outsized role in the ticketing industry. The senators criticized Ticketmaster, which merged with Live Nation in 2010, suggesting it is a monopoly, and probed whether a lack of competition in the ticketing industry has unfairly hurt customers.

The company has also been criticized in the past for including premium concert seats, the prices of which vary based on demand, in its «Platinum Official» feature. For example, last year, tickets to Bruce Springsteen shows were listed up to $5,000 each on the first day of going on sale, CNBC reported.

living nation saying for the Renaissance Tour, it will attempt to «create a less crowded ticketing experience» by staggering the registration of Verified Fans into three groups, based on region, with the goal of ensuring that «Verified Fans» are real people, rather than from bots or resellers.

The pre-sale is divided into three groups of cities (Group A, B, and C) and each group is divided into three tiered pre-sale categories: a Verified Fan pre-sale for Beyhive fan club members, a Citi Verified Fan pre-sale exclusively for cardholders and a general verified Fan pre-sale. Sale of fans.

The first round of Beyoncé fans, those registered for the Group A tour through the Beyhive fan club pre-sale, received their Verified Fan codes last Sunday. They were the first group to purchase pre-sale tickets as of last Monday.

“I managed to get selected for Verified Fan because of that and was in line for over six hours the day the tickets went on sale, but I was successful,” Jobe McDermott, 24, said. He had signed up for Beyhive, Citi Verified Fan Advance Sales and Overall Verified Fans for the MetLife Stadium show in East Rutherford, NJ which placed in Group A

During the presale, your group got three tickets and it took about 30 minutes. McDermott called the experience “smoother and easier than he expected.

“I think some of the things they did, like splitting the pre-sales into groups so that not everyone trying to go on tour was going online at once, was helpful,” he said. “It was helpful to narrow down who could get in the queue. So I think it would be nice if they kept some of those practices going forward.»

Although he was successful in obtaining tickets, McDermott said he wanted Ticketmaster to provide «more transparency about how prices are determined and why they change.»

Ticketmaster warned fans ahead of the pre-sale that some might ultimately leave empty-handed.

«Registration does not guarantee tickets,» the company said. «We expect there will be more demand than tickets are available and a lottery-style process will determine which registered Verified Fans receive a unique access code and which are placed on the waiting list.»

But many of those who were on the «wait list» during the presale expressed their disappointment on social media.

«I’m literally crying I never got a code» one Twitter user wrote, tagging Ticketmaster. «This was the worst experience of my life.»

There were also some technical issues reported by fans in the last week. Some on Twitter noted that they could get around the pre-sale ordeal and gain access to Verizon Up pre-sale tickets without entering a code or verifying their Verizon accounts, or even being a Verizon customer.

“So today was the Verizon pre-sale for the Beyoncé tour, but let me tell you, Ticketmaster messed up once again because everyone was able to log in and buy the tickets without a pre-sale code,” said one fan. tweeted.

Others tweeted an alleged code that Verizon was distributing to those who had signed up, urging others to use it.

Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reported glitch.

The Renaissance Tour, which is scheduled to begin in Stockholm in May, will make more than 40 stops in Europe and North America before culminating in New Orleans in September.

In the coming weeks, fans in Groups B and C will have the opportunity to obtain tickets during the allotted verified pre-sale times.

Akubuilo, who also bought floor tickets for the Tottenham, England show, said she’s so glad to see Beyoncé live. But she also lamented how expensive it has become to watch shows.

“Going to concerts used to be so easy and there used to be… a lot less stress involved and fewer obstacles to overcome,” he said. “And I don’t know now, it seems like a farce, like a circus. And concert tickets are getting more and more expensive”.