Adele – 30/3/16
The mesmerising moment when Adele rose up in the centre of the arena completely isolated, captivating the audience completely with her breath-taking voice, serves to highlight her standing as one of the greatest singers of the current age.
The Arena Tour was labelled ‘An Evening with Adele’ and even from the highest seats in the room you felt that you were truly up close and personal with this global superstar. The singer started her set with the no 1 hit ‘Hello’, a haunting and melodic song which clearly demonstrates the power and ability in her vocals.
The Tour follows her newest album released in November 2015, named ‘25’, the age she wrote the songs. ‘25’ was received with great critical acclaim, and it offered some fantastic new songs such as ‘When We Were Young’, ‘A Million Years Ago’ and ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover’. The album as a whole feels more mature, and this maturity transcended into her performance at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. If nerves were a problem before, they were certainly not visible here, she performed her first 3 songs with her accompanying band hidden behind the screen.
If her songs weren’t entertainment enough when she spoke it was with the most hilarious tongue in cheek humour. She made many jokes about her songs being ‘boring’ and ‘miserable’ and encouraged the audience to ‘Get up and dance for the next few, because after that it’s going to be bloody miserable!’ She made hearts melt by getting her big fans in the front up for a selfie with her on stage, and she made us all feel right at home as she drank lemon and honey from a mug.
It was Adele’s 18th night of her tour but it did not feel as if she gave any less enthusiasm or energy, despite complaining of a slight tickle in her throat! The singer still has 87 shows left to do on her World Tour, all of which are completely sold out. This is of no surprise after witnessing her show which rested almost solely on her voice, with no costume changes or complex set design.
It was everything you could want from an Evening with Adele. She ran through the hits, ‘Someone Like You’, ‘To Make You Feel My Love’ and ‘Chasing Pavements’ to name but a few, and it was all done beautifully. She charmed, she sparkled and she proved why she deserves her title as a legend in British music. Needless to say, when she decides to go back to focus on her family and friends again, she will be sorely missed.