- This article was posted before Beyoncé had confirmed her appearance at the Global Citizen Festival. To follow all new developments, please refer to our updated article, which includes ticket information and performance details.
The South African Beyhive will be buzzing with this one: Beyoncé is reportedly on her way to Mzansi in 2018, to play her part in the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.
Channel 24 state that she will perform a free concert for Global Citizen – a charity who aim to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Not only will Bey put on a show for a fundraiser, but her appearance will be tied in with the #Mandela100 events.
When will Beyoncé come to South Africa?
Organisers want the festival to go ahead in December. It will be the perfect encore to a year dedicated to Madiba’s incredible life, and will no doubt be a poignant tribute five years on from his death in December 2013.
Where in South Africa will Beyoncé perform?
Global Citizen have taken their festivals around the world, starting in New York and moving on to Munich and London, as well as Montreal and Mumbai.
Now, there’s been nothing officially confirmed yet in terms of where Bey will play – but there will be a press conference held in Sandton tomorrow that is going to lay out the details.
However, Cape Town is a historically important venue in Madiba’s history. He spent 27 years in jail at both Robben Island and Pollsmore. An Eastern Cape venue may also be in with a shout, as that was where Nelson Mandela was born and raised.
Who are Global Citizen?
They are a group who organise huge international campaigns to motivate “Global Citizens” into making positive changes and contributing to the end of poverty.
So far, their sustained actions have forced 130 policy changes across the world, and the website states that $30 billion has been raised as a consequence of these actions.
Global Citizen Festival South Africa: Who else is coming?
It would seem that Naomi Campbell will come to SA as part of the festivities, too. She’s already booked in for an interview on Kaya FM on Monday, alongside Global Citizen’s CEO Hugh Evans. Obviously, they’ll have some big news to talk about.
No-one else has been confirmed as part of the support acts yet. But Patrick Motsepe is reported to be bankrolling the festival. This is the guy who recently convinced Barcelona and Lionel Messi to play Mamelodi Sundowns in May.
With our favourite billionaire getting involved, anything could happen.
How do I get tickets to see Beyoncé in South Africa?
There’s been no confirmation of this, yet. Monday morning looks set to be a massive one for Beyoncé fans across the country, as their dreams of seeing their idol live – 15 years after she first performed here for the 46664 concerts – are on the verge of becoming reality.
We will keep you updated throughout Monday and the rest of the week, when more information is made available.
Source: BEYONCE new