Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour: The Setlist

Our imagining of one of the most anticipated live shows of the year....

Last week, Beyoncé’s announced her Renaissance World Tour, her first solo outing since 2016’s Formation Tour. Fan frenzy and pandemonium quickly ensued with pre-sale bewilderment and “waitlists” imposed by Ticketmaster to avoid a repeat of the controversial Taylor Swift ticket debacle. Beyoncé will tour cities across Europe and North America between May and September, opening in Stockholm and ending in New Orleans. There are also rumours of stadium shows in Australia and Latin America at the tail end of year going into 2024. It’s safe to say, the demand to see the world’s greatest living performer is at an all-time high.

It’s a near impossible task to distill a 25-year career – that’s generated 7 solo albums and critically-acclaimed side projects – into a 2 hour show, but the CLASH team mined through Beyoncé’s hits and deep cuts to create the setlist of our dreams. Much like the monolith design of her last solo tour, Beyoncé will inevitably craft a cutting-edge spectacle centred around the high-octane, unrelenting momentum of the most-lauded album of 2022. Our vision of the stage design would be an access-all-areas pass to Club Renaissance, replete with a strobe-lit dancefloor and rotating rooms, where dominions of freedom, euphoria and sex intertwine in kaleidoscopic fashion.

The desired setlist comprises nearly all the tracks on ‘Renaissance’, closely following the meticulously-designed pacing and transitions on what CLASH deemed a faultless hit-parade. Ever the versatile show woman, this track selection considers Beyoncé’s ability to segue through anthems that seek to liberate and heal her multignerational audience – even if just momentarily. We’ve omitted enduring mid-tempos like ‘Halo’ and ‘If I Were A Boy’, based on the fact they impede the pacing of an adrenaline-fulled and accelerated show. They’re also just overplayed.

We all have a version of Beyoncé we favour. This setlist seeks to thread together the timeless feel of her previous eras with the elevated exploration of dance music on ‘Renaissance’: ‘B-Day’s southern soul-funk frivolity, ‘4’s’ vocal showcases, self-titled’s artful exploration of sex and desire, ‘Lemonade’s’ swaggering rallying cries, and the African-diasporic futurism of ‘The Gift’.

The Renaissance Tour promises to be a celebration of an artist at the peak of their powers.

What do you make of the setlist?

CLUB RENAISSANCE

I’m That Girl

Cozy

Alien Superstar

Crazy In Love

DELIVERANCE

Energy/Break My Soul

Find Your Way Back

Already

Move

Heated

SPACE COWGIRL

Formation

Church Girl/Savage Remix

Thique

America Has A Problem

GIFT FROM VIRGO

Kitty Kat

Drunk In Love

Plastic Off The Sofa/Virgo’s Groove

Pure/Honey

Blow

AFFIRMATION

Destiny’s Child Medley

Me, Myself and I

Brown Skin Girl

ENCORE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE

All Night

Love On Top

Cuff It (Wetter Remix)/Cuff It

Summer Renaissance (Closer)

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