Madonna fans were thrilled earlier this week when the Queen of Pop announced a 32-date world tour to mark her 40th anniversary.
But even before Friday’s tickets go public, it has been revealed that some tickets are already selling for close to £3,000.
With only one UK date on October 14 at the O2 in London, many of the pre-sale tickets are being offered for up to seven times their face value, while some fans have slammed the tickets’ already high face value.
Ticket rush: Madonna fans have slashed ticket prices for the star’s 32-date world tour this year to mark her 40th anniversary
Advance tickets for O2 Priority and Live Nation are available now ahead of Friday’s general release.
Some deals on ticketing site Viagogo include general admission tickets with a face value of £400, which sell for a whopping £2950.
The Immaculate VIP package is now listed on Ticketmaster for £1,307.75.
At the start of the presale at 9am on Wednesday, standard ticket prices started at £47.55 but as the morning progressed the remaining available ticket prices ranged from £93 to £436.85 apiece as the cheaper seats within the ticket were out of print.
On the go: With just one UK appointment on October 14 at O2 in London, many of the pre-sale tickets are being offered for up to seven times their face value
Ouch: some deals on the ticket sales site Viagogo include general admission tickets with a face value of £400, selling for a whopping £2950.
VIP: The Immaculate VIP package is now listed on Ticketmaster for £1,307.75
Those trying to get O2 priority tickets were shocked at the high prices, with many pointing to the timing amid a cost of living crisis and the wait for payday after Christmas.
“I couldn’t think of a worse week of the calendar year for extortionate but essential Madonna tickets to go on sale than the third week of January in a livelihood crisis. Christmas wiped us out and we haven’t had a payday since. Pure evil,” summarized one fan.
“I can’t take it that Madonna’s tickets go on sale in the 9th week of January. Some of us are destitute, madgesty,” agreed another.
“This feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity but living expenses will be about paying my bills on time or seeing the Queen of Pop,” tweeted another.
Others had unaffordable ticket options after waiting in line, with one fan tweeting that “after waiting in line for over an hour I finally got to the point where I could buy tickets. £876.20 FOR TWO!!! I’m sorry Madge that’s not happening.”
Not ideal: Those trying to get O2 priority tickets were shocked at the high prices, and many pointed to the timing amid a cost of living crisis and the wait for payday after Christmas
Kicking off in Vancouver, Madonna will visit multiple cities in the United States and Canada, as well as the United Kingdom and Europe.
Produced by Live Nation, the tour begins July 15 in North America at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
She will then make her way to Europe, where she will visit 11 cities throughout the autumn, including London on October 24, and on to Barcelona, Paris and Stockholm, among others.
The Celebration Tour ends on Friday December 1st at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, NL.
Exciting: Kicking off in Vancouver, Madonna will be visiting multiple cities across the United States and Canada, as well as the UK and Europe
The shows will take audiences on Madonna’s artistic journey through four decades and pay tribute to the city of New York where her music career began.
Madonna said, “I’m looking forward to exploring as many songs as possible in hopes of giving my fans the show they’ve been waiting for.”
The Celebration Tour offers a unique experience with special guest Bob the Drag Queen aka Caldwell Tidicue on all dates of the global tour.
THE CELEBRATION TOUR NORTH AMERICA & EUROPE DATES
DATA FOR AMERICA:
Saturday July 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Tuesday, July 18 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Sat, July 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Tue, July 25 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Thu, July 27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Sunday, July 30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Wed Aug 02 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Sat Aug 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Mon. Aug. 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Wed. Aug. 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sunday, August 13 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sat 19 Aug – Montreal, QC – Center Bell
Wed, Aug. 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Thu, August 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, August 30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sat, Sept 02 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Tuesday, September 05 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Thursday 07.09. – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sat. 09.09. – Miami, FL – Miami-Dade Arena
Wednesday, September 13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Monday, September 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Thursday, September 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX
Wednesday, September 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
Wednesday, Oct. 4 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Sat. 07.10. – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sat 14 Oct – London, UK – The O2
Sat. 21.10. – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
To marry. Oct 25 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Sat 28 Oct – Stockholm, SE – Tele2
Wed Nov 01 – Barcelona, ES – Palau Sant Jordi
Mon. 06.11. – Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
Sunday November 12 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Mon 13 November – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
Wed 15.11. – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Thursday 23 November – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
Tue 28.11. – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Friday 1 December – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
General ticket sales begin Friday, January 20th at 10am local time at madonna.com/tour.
The announcement won’t come as a surprise to some, as it has already been reported that Madonna is planning her first-ever greatest hits tour.
A source told The Sun: “Madonna is trying something completely new – really giving fans, young and old, what they want.
“She wants to capitalize on tracks like ‘Frozen’ and ‘Material Girl’ popping up on TikTok and bring her back catalog to a whole new generation.
“She used to always want to look ahead and focus on the new album she’s coming out. But now, in her mid-60s, she’s going back to basics and reinventing herself all over again.”
The shows are believed to be “uncompromisingly and appropriately risqué,” like Madonna’s previous shows, although the star is no stranger to raunchy displays on social media.
Celebrity look: During her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, Madonna donned her now-iconic conical bra by Jean Paul Gaultier during a sold-out show in Japan
racy! The hitmaker is no stranger to her revealing looks when she performs on her tours around the world (pictured performing at Wembley Stadium during her Girlie Show Tour in 1993).
Madonna’s previous tour saw her perform in much smaller theaters, but for this greatest hits tour she’s expected to take to the stage and huge stadiums.
Last year, Madonna hinted that she was ready to get back on the road and touring again, telling Variety, “I want to get back on the road, I’m a stage creature. This is my happy place.”
Madonna was last on stage at London’s O2 Arena during her Rebel Heart tour in 2015, the same year she rose to fame while performing at the BRIT Awards.
Change it! In 2004 she returned to the streets with her aptly titled Re-Invention Tour
While Madonna performed at 75 theater venues during her Madame X tour, she had to cancel several shows due to recurring hip and knee injuries.
In 1987 she toured the UK for the first time with her Who’s That Girl World Tour.
Her performances were no stranger to controversy, having famously angered the Catholic Church in 1990 when she simulated masturbation on stage, prompting pop John Paul II to call for a boycott of her Blonde Ambition tour.
Insanity! Madonna was last on stage at London’s O2 Arena during her Rebel Heart Tour in 2015 (pictured)
During the same tour, Madonna wore her now-iconic conical bra designed by Jean Paul Gaultier during a sold-out show in Japan.
In 2006, she also enraged the Church of England by staging a mock crucifixion during her Confessions tour in LA.
It comes after Madonna was barely recognizable in the latest racy offerings she uploaded to her Instagram page.
Dressing in bondage gear, including a busty, sheer lace top, she bounced around her bed and bit down on a riding crop seductively.
Well that’s new! Madonna performed in 75 theaters during her 2019 and 2020 Madame X tour, but had to cancel several shows due to recurring hip and knee injuries