I missed Beyoncé’s European tour, so I flew 4,600 miles to New Orleans to see her in concert — by myself

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WireImage for Parkwood What I saw gave me chills.

The price of Beyonce tour tickets

Beyonce performs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium wearing a dress by British designer Roksanda Ilincic on May 29, 2023 in London, U.K.

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Finding a single ticket on a resale site was relatively easy and, at PS187, it was much cheaper than the London seat.

Adding a return flight I found for PS134 meant the outlay would still be less than the ticket I’d found for the U.K. performance, and I put the Amsterdam show ticket into my online cart.

Just before I hit “buy,” I checked reviews of the resale vendor, which were poor: people complained of not receiving tickets or finding them invalid, and I decided I couldn’t take the risk. I was very disappointed but tried to convince myself that Beyonce would tour again.

I first danced to “Break My Soul,” a house music track and the lead song on the Renaissance album, at a London club night hosted by British DJ Annie Macmanus in 2022, where the crowd jumped and cheered at the sound of the opening bars.

Afterward, I listened to “Summer Renaissance,” Beyonce’s reworking of one of my favorite songs, Donna Summer’s 1977 disco hit “I Feel Love,” on repeat. The rest of the album blew my mind: it was joyful, fabulous fun — and Beyonce at her most confident and expressive (“Comfortable in my skin, Cozy with who I am,” she sings on “Cozy,” the album’s second track).

Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy, dances, as her mother sings behind her on the London, U.K. leg of the Renaissance World Tour in May 2023.

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One day, I casually browsed her U.S. tour dates and found a single ticket for $137.40, including fees, on Sept. 27, at Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, a date close to my birthday.

The seat was up in the gods, as Brits say, and had a slightly off-center view of the stage. I bought the ticket on a I bought it on a whi The city is around 4,600 miles from London, a 10-hour flight away.

Preparing to see Beyonce

I’ve traveled alone before, but I’ve never seen a live show by myself. About 10 days prior to the New Orleans The Virgin Hotels New Orleans, where I It was exciting to see such accomplished musicians

It was exciting to see such accomplished musicians up close.

Exploring New Orleans solo

Exploring New Orleans’ fascinating and varied history by myself was also straightforward: I joined a number of tours, from a guided walk around the city’s famous French Quarter, with its beautiful cast-iron balconies and bohemian galleries, to a cycle tour of areas including the arty Faubourg Marigny, which was founded by a Creole millionaire.

Stopping at an intersection, our cycle guide Danny Laurino pointed out that we were within view of three historical periods — a usual sight in the U.S. Standing in the 19

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-century Marigny, we could see across the 18th-century French Quarter to the modern skyscrapers of the central business district, less than two miles away.

The 18th-century French Quarter of New Orleans, with the modern central business district in the background.

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I also enjoyed a walking tour of the Garden District, full of fancy mansions originally inhabited by sugar cane plantation owners, and afterward browsed the stores of Magazine Street, which make up the district’s southern border.

At vintage outlet Magpie I bought a pair of Beyonce-style long diamante earrings, and at Uptown Costume and Dancewear, I picked up a rhinestone-decorated cowboy hat to wear to the concert.

Plantations along the Mississippi River

Most striking of all was a trip I took to the Whitney Plantation, about an hour’s drive from New Orleans along the Mississippi River. It’s one of the only sugar plantation museums that tells the story of the people who were enslaved there, rather than focusing on wealthy owners or architecture.

A Wall of Honor memorial is dedicated to several hundred slaves, while an exhibit describing the 1811 German Coast Uprising shows decapitated heads on poles, a recreation of the executed slaves who participated in the revolt.

The treatment of black people in the U.S. is explored by Beyonce in her 2016 album, “Lemonade,” with images of black women on the steps of a former plantation home featuring on the title track’s video.

The video for “Formation,” set in Louisiana, shows the singer on top of a New Orleans police car as it sinks into floodwaters caused by Hurricane Katrina, and ends with Beyonce making a “black-girl air grab” movement while sitting in a plantation house.

Beyonce’s New Orleans performance

I was especially excited to see Beyonce perform in New Orleans given its significance for her, and on the day of the show it seemed that everyone in the city was there to see the singer.

As I sipped coffee at the hotel’s rooftop bar in the morning, a woman in the swimming pool exclaimed: “I’m relaxing … I’m doing my aqua aerobics, I want to be limber for tonight. The man in the yellow Beyonce As I walked towards the museum, The author in front of Beyonce Lucy Handley

Back Beyonce fans dress up for her Some recreated Beyonce’s It was huge, with a football pitch-width screen and stage, with another circular stage in the middle of the floor.

Although my seat was high up, I still had a great view, and as Beyonce rose up on a platform in a neon yellow gown to sing the first song of the night, “Dangerously In Love,” the atmosphere was electric. The Caesars superdom The lights then changed to purple when Be It’s difficult to choose a Beyonce repeatedly sang “Mam