Got tickets for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s European tour? Here’s some more things to do while you’re there
So you’ve done it, you got your hands on tickets for a European leg of On the Run II, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new tour. We’ve put together a guide for each city they’ll stop at to help you plan your trip.
From Cardiff to the French Riviera, On the Run II will cover a plethora of the best destinations in Europe – they certainly know where to go for a bit of glamour.
6 June – Cardiff, Principality Stadium. On sale 23 March
A show at the Welsh national stadium will kick off the start of the European leg of the tour. Cardiff has become a destination in its own right over the last few years, with excellent shopping, and easy access to other cool cities such as Bristol.
9 June – Glasgow, Hampden Park. On sale 23 March
Glasgow is Scotland’s music capital, so it seems fitting that this is where their Scottish show will take place. The nightlife is great, and you can wake up after a night of dancing by taking a wander through Kelvingrove Park, feed your mind at the Glasgow Science Centre, or take a tour of buildings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of Glasgow’s most famous sons.
13 June – Manchester, Etihad Stadium. On sale 23 March
Manchester City’s stadium is the next stop, and a fine choice it is. Manchester is home to music and new media, as well as a thriving craft brewing scene. Head down to the Quays for shopping and dining, or investigate the city’s sporting history with a visit to the National Football Museum. You can even indulge in some winter sports at the Chill Factore, a huge indoor ski and snowboard centre!
15 June – London, London Stadium. On sale 23 March
Of course, it wouldn’t be a tour without visiting London. The superstars are bound to be met with a glorious reaction when they take to the stage at the London Stadium, a legacy of the wildly successful 2012 London Olympics. Live like a rock star in one of the hundreds of boutique hotels, or indulge your hipster side in Camden or Shoreditch.
19 June – Amsterdam, Amsterdam ArenA. On sale 19 March
Hitting continental Europe, and the first stop is Amsterdam. This city of canals and culture is also famous for its seedier side, so it’s up to you how you spend your time there. We’d recommend hiring a bicycle and seeing the city from a local perspective, before investigating some of the amazing bars and clubs.
23 June – Copenhagen, Parken Stadium. On sale 19 March
A handsome place which is often voted one of Europe’s best cities for quality of life, Copenhagen has been much in the news for selling the concept of hygge, a feeling of coziness, familiarity and warmth. You’ll feel this as well with the wide variety of beautifully designed contemporary restaurants, or by wandering along Stroget, a street which, in the early evening, is home to a wide variety of street performers – so you’ll get some entertainment for free as well!
25 June – Stockholm, Friends Arena. On sale 23 March
The Swedish capital stands on fourteen islands, and was founded as a city in 1252. One of its most notable aspects is the wild and wonderful decorations of its Metro stations. In fact, some people visit simply to tour the underground network! We’re assuming that Beyoncé and Jay-Z will not be arriving by Metro, but they’ll be missing out. Other than that, take some time to explore this grand city, famous for its museums, culture and for being the seat of the Nobel Prize.
28 June – Berlin, Olympiastadion. On sale 19 March
Usually known for its electronic music scene, Berlin is a buzz of energy and life. Multicultural and cool, but also full of laid-back cafes and coffee bars, each area has its own unique charm. There’s not one Berlin, but many, and it’s an adventure discovering them all.
30 June – Warsaw, Stadion Narodowy. On sale 23 March
The Polish part of the beloved couple’s tour will take place in a National Stadium in Warsaw – usually a home to the country’s national football team. With more than 58,000 seats, there might still be a chance to get your hands on some tickets. Being just over the river from the historical Old Town centre listed under as a UNESCO world heritage site, the walk to and from the venue will only underline the experience.
3 July – Cologne, RheinEnergieStadion. On sale 19 March
Germany’s fourth most populated city will welcome the artists at the very beginning of summer break, and as we all know, summer in Cologne is special. While over a quarter of the city lies in the green zones, there will be enough time before the show to prepare with the option of swimming, sipping cocktails, or simply watching the panorama over the Rhine.
6 July – Milan, San Siro. On sale 19 March
Milan is the world’s capital of fashion, and that makes it the perfect spot for a Beyoncé and Jay-Z show – they are the world’s most fashionable couple, no? So shop til you drop, but make sure you have enough energy to dance into the night. And sure, if you have a bit of spare time, make sure to catch the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, which is the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s mural, The Last Supper.
8 July – Rome, Stadio Olimpico. On sale 19 March
Beautiful, ancient, romantic Rome in early July. There are enough reasons to visit without the added bonus of a concert. Wonderful food, iconic architecture, and every stereotype of Italian life played out in front of you; the buzzing scooters, the pavement cafes… It really does feel like walking onto a film set. You’ll love it.
11 July – Barcelona, Olympic Stadium. On sale 19 March
More Olympic legacy being used here, as the site of the ‘92 games becomes the scene of a magnificent musical spectacle. Use your days to relax on the beach or cycle around the city, before lounging about in the warm, light evenings with some local wine and tapas. Discover the quirky works of Antoni Gaudi, or hit some of the lesser-known areas of town for local music, colour and flavour.
14 July – Paris, Stade de France. On sale 19 March
Home to some of the most exclusive designer brands in the world and a shopper’s paradise, Paris is opulent, high class and sophisticated. But it’s also home to different areas offering food and music from Turkey, North Africa, the Middle East and many other areas. Despite this, you still know exactly where you are, as every view seems familiar from countless books and pictures. It’s a world city that still manages to be totally, utterly and shamelessly French.
17 July – Nice, Allianz Riviera. On sale 19 March
Finishing, appropriately enough, on the French Riviera, Nice boasts a waterfront promenade called the Promenade des Anglais, funded by the rich English upper classes who spent their winters there. You too can feel like a superstar by taking the air of an evening, watching the beautiful people drift past, or by spending the day on the beach before going for a cocktail. Luxury living indeed.