7 Stages of Buying Beyoncé ‘Formation’ Tour Tickets

Many wanted tickets; many were denied.

Beyoncé performs during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7, 2016.  
Beyoncé performs during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7, 2016.   Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-four hours after black America got our entire lives when we saw Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ video on Saturday, the Queen Bey slayed the nation with her “unapologetically black” anthem by singing about Negro hair and Michael Jackson nostrils. At. The. Super Bowl. Which is by far the largest viewed event in this entire nation. Beyoncé had finally done something just for us.

No less than a minute after the performance, we (collectively, the Beyhive) received quite possibly the biggest news of all: Beyoncé was headed out on an international “Formation” tour. That’s when the influx of text messages from friends and family members began: “So we’re going, right?” “It’s lit.” “We’re in there.” Of course we didn’t care that she had no new album out, and just one single to lead the tour. We were going—no matter what.

If you’re like me, you spent the majority of the next morning coming up with a game plan for how you and your group of friends were going to purchase tickets. Because purchasing tickets to a Beyoncé concert is like a science that is known only to true Beyoncé stans.

This morning, my friends and I sent one another reminder text messages, along with tips and tricks so that any one of us would be amply prepared when the moment arrived.

“Make sure you’re signed into Ticketmaster.”

“And already have the code copied so you just take one button to paste it in.”

“Don’t waste seconds typing.”

“Close out all other windows and applications.”

“Have the Ticketmaster New York City page up and don’t click refresh. Just hit the URL and press enter. That’s a faster way of refreshing.”

At last, the moment arrived—10 a.m. hit, and I typed in my Beyhive presale code.

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