Beyoncé’s billion dollar tour may have ended yesterday in New Orleans, but Renaissance will live forever.
After a year of fans clamouring for visuals, Beyoncé has finally snapped. Always one to overdeliver, she is not just releasing a music video, but rather a full concert film coming to a cinema near you: Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé. The feature will capture her record-breaking sell-out world tour for her Act 1: Renaissance album. Posted to her Instagram, she captioned the trailer with a winking lyric from “All Up In Your Mind”: “Be careful what you ask for, ’cause I just might comply.”’
With performance clips from the concert going viral pretty much every single day over this summer, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had seen it all already – even if you didn’t snag a ticket. But the trailer indicates the film will reveal a glimpse of what was happening behind the scenes of the live sensation, which was at its heart, it seems, a wholesome family affair. Alongside the ecstatic audience reactions and fabulous fashion bonanza, the clip teases footage of the mother-of-three with her twins Rumi and Sir, Blue Ivy putting her game face on as she gets ready join her mother on stage, and Jay-Z watching in awe from the audience.
“When I am performing, I am nothing but free,” the 42-year-old superstar says in the voiceover. “My goal for this tour was to create a place where everyone is free and no one is judged.” This is Beyoncé at her most self-assured, the tour a transformative moment. “I feel liberated,” she tells her husband. “I have transitioned into a new animal.” Sources tell Variety that, along with the highlights and prep for the tour, the film will also include the highly-anticipated visuals for the album, plus a “docu-style account” of its recording.
If Beyoncé’s last concert film, Homecoming – which revealed the meticulous training that went into her historic Coachella performance and earned her a Grammy – is any indication, we know we’re in for a treat. But we also just know that anyway. Because one thing about Beyoncé? She knows how to put on a show.
This article was originally published on British Vogue.