Beyoncé smashes Essence Festival attendance record

· July 8, 2013

Beyoncé breaks Superdome attendance record at the 2013 Essence Festival. Signs posted on the windows of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome box office announced that tickets to Sunday night’s show were completely sold out – one of few sell-outs in the Essence Fest’s 19 year history. Clearly, Beyoncé drove those sales.

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Janet Jackson made headlines when she shattered Knowles’ attendance record during the 16th Essence Music Festival, held from July 2 to July 4, 2010, commanding a history-making 72,668 member audience, which completely sold out the Louisiana Superdome with a first-ever waiting list for the Festival.

Beyoncé and her crew charged through “If I Were A Boy” (which borrows the hook from The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony”), “Get Me Bodied,” “Naughty Girl,” “I Care,” “Why Don’t You Love Me,” “1 + 1,” a semi-acoustic “Irreplaceable,” “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and “Grown Woman.”

She opened the encore alone, silhouetted in a spotlight, wailing the opening verse and chorus of “I Will Always Love You.” “Sing so Whitney can hear you,” she instructed, before seguing into her own “Halo.” After soliciting shout-outs for her musicians and dancers, she called it a night.

Until “Crazy in Love,” much of the audience spent more time sitting down than Beyonce would have liked. “It took me a while to warm ya’ll up,” she said. “You’re standing now. I feel good about that.”





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  • http://twitter.com/rasheedlateef Rasheed Lateef

    GOAT. Only been to one Beyonce concert in my life but she’s the greatest,right up there with the WTT show two years ago.

    • Reverend Sanford

      Lol. Only kids, women, and phags should be at a Beyonce concert.

      • 1luv

        LOL, the main reason why I am not a big Beyoncé fan is do to her music towards music. I find it her to believe a straight man bumping to Beyoncé’s music unless she is singing in a rap song.

  • Cakes(shake responsibly)

    72k is waaay to many people in one place for me..i know that concert was off the chain though