This is how unregulated and highly inefficient American capitalism is: You can buy flights, Beyoncé concert tickets, and a hotel and still spend the same or less than you would spend on a ticket here in the US on Ticketmaster. First, let me just say how disgusting that is! Joe Biden, son, you need to do something about raising all these prices, we can’t afford to live like this.
Second: The members of the Beyhive who did this are very smart. Not only is he seeing the first leg of the Renaissance Tour, he’s also getting a trip to Europe. It’s amazing! And it wasn’t just a few people who decided to jump to Stockholm (the first stop on the trip) to see the shows. If you look at TikTok, you will see that there is an entire American group of Beyoncé fans who are in Sweden right now. There hasn’t been much American-Swedish activity since the Treaty of Amity and Commerce!
Some intrepid travelers made it to the sun early and shot a lot of media in their Beyoncé travel outfits. It is a level of thought and enthusiasm that cannot be found from the authorities to take Ticketmaster into action. Not to mention that the most dedicated fans were able to get seats near the stage for a fraction of what they would be in the US- one guest told the Today Show that they spent less on flights, tickets, and hotel. sit in the VIP section in Stockholm than he could have in the same section at the Atlanta concert.
Why is there such a big difference? Because while capitalism is truly a global epidemic, other countries have more consumer protection laws than the US. In 2022, the European Parliament enacted the Digital Protection Act, which included ticket laws. Meanwhile in the US, Ticketmaster may start charging the bills at people’s homes if they can figure out a payment method.
Beyoncé’s next tour is Brussels, on May 14. For those of you heading to Belgium for a concert, check out what Brussels’ punk rock history has to offer. And if you don’t have tickets yet, his European tour dates continue until June 27 in Warsaw, so it’s not too late to get to Europe. From there, Bey begins her North American tour on July 8 with a show in Toronto.
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