Global superstar Beyonce will sing to a sold-out crowd in Medellin, Colombia, on Sunday.
The singer will finish the South American leg of “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” in Colombia’s second city, before heading to Mexico.
The 30-song show promises interactive LED screens, pyrotechnics, lasers, a smorgasbord of dancers, and even fantastical costumes inspired by the reign of Louis XVI.
“This is the number one concert in the world,” said the director of Ruta N, a branch of the Mayor’s office in Medellin. So far the tour has brought in around $2 million per night, according to Forbes.
Beyonce is expected to arrive in Medellin on Saturday after a concert in Caracas, Venezuela. She travels with an escort of 120 people, including her dancers, musicians, sound technicians, and personal chef.
She will be staying in the Presidential Suite of the Intercontinental Hotel in Poblado, where Madonna stayed when she performed in the city.
According to newspaper El Colombiano, Beyonce wants to donate $50,000 to a foundation in Medellin, and also support a local artist.
In commemoration of her visit, it will be possible to buy limited-edition Metro cards emblazoned with Beyonce’s picture, her name, and the name of the show (see above). They can be bought from any of three Metro stops: Poblado, Agucatala, or Exposiciones.
Around 42,500 tickets have already been handed over to fans, with another thousand to go. Fans will be allowed to enter the Atanasio Girardot Stadium from 3pm, with Beyonce coming on stage at 8:30pm.
There will be five different entraces: the Metro stop “Estacion”; the shopping centre Obelisco; the spot where street 74 meets the canal; the cross street where 74 meets Colombia; and where 70 meets Colombia.
Fans will be able to bring non-professional cameras and videocameras – the only professional photographer on the tour is Beyonce’s personal photographer, to avoid the publication of any unflattering shots like those taken at the Superbowl. Fans will not be able to bring in food, drinks, or umbrellas.
Beyonce is one half of the most powerful couple in show business. She is married to hip-hop star Jay-Z, with whom she had a child in January 2012, Blue Ivy. On Friday, Forbes reported that the couple made $95 million between June 2012 and June 2013, $15 million more than the second-placed couple: American Football quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Beyonce has been criticized in some quarters for calling her tour “The Mrs. Carter Show,” with feminists baffled as to why an icon of female power would decide to define herself as the wife of a male celebrity.
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