Still not quite over the hassle that was involved in getting some of the precious Adele tickets for the concert on Monday 4th April 2016, the concert night came around quicker than expected.
Signs of a sold out concert started to show from the moment of leaving North Greenwich tube station. The Peninsula Square was scattered with excited gig goers and if that wasn’t already a sign of an amazing night the queues for the restaurants inside The O2 sure were.
Anticipation was slowly building up as the arena filled with more and more fans, all staring at Adele’s closed eyes that were being shown on the big screen. Waiting for the moment she would open her eyes, marking the start of the once in a lifetime experience.
Adele made an impressive entrance as she was rising from the bottom of the smaller stage whilst kicking off the two hour long set with her smash single ‘Hello’, which was the only fitting option if we are being honest.
As I had no idea what to expect from an Adele tour, it honestly took me a few songs to properly give in to the whole ‘ Adele Experience’, however once it clicked, there was no point of return.
Adele had me under her spell and what can I say it was as magical as you would expect.
Being seated in the upper tier of The O2 with equipment restricting the view of the big screen is usually not really great. However, as this would mainly be a curse for a lot of gig-goers, it actually was a blessing as it gave you the chance to focus and properly listen to the music instead watching a screen.
Despite, everyone knows what Adele looks like and that she is a pretty lady!
One of the quotes that resembled the red string of the Adele concert were her words, ‘ The songs are miserable, but I’m not!’ as they perfectly set the tone for Adele’s impressive show.
A beautiful live Orchestra on the main stage got revealed during the Adele song ‘ One And Only’ and just added another wow-factor to the whole event.
As Adele tried to ‘Get the bangers out of the way, so we can be miserable again.’ a lot of fans got dancing as ‘Rumour Has It’ and ‘Water Under The Bridge’ got performed.
One of the Spine-tingling moments that stood out was throughout ‘Someone Like You’ which is my personal favourite , as it holds a lot of dear memories. The audience sang the chorus in its entirety, solely on their own as Adele watched her fans in awe while standing in the middle of The O2 on the smaller stage.
This moment surely sent shivers done some spines or is to be held responsible for the goose bumps that spread within seconds through the arena.
Throughout her show, Adele made sure to give back to her fans as much as possible by getting some of the younger fans on stage, giving out gig tickets to one of her US shows to a lucky fan from the States and trying to please as many fans as possible by posing for an ‘Adelfie’ ( a Selfie with Adele ).
A lot of shout-outs to random people in the audience happened including a special shout out and song dedication of ‘Make You Feel My Love’ to London Grime star ‘Stormzy’ as the arena was lit up by phones.
At some point Adele initiated a mass ‘ Happy Birthday ‘ singing to a very lucky fan. Which is probably the best birthday present ever!
Adele performed ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ on small stage in the middle of a rain installation which was marking the end of the show before coming back for an impressive encore with ‘All I Ask’ and ‘When We Were Young’.
I was quite interesting to see chatterbox Adele with her Tottenham slang making jokes at one minute and before you know it she is smashing those high notes in ‘Skyfall’ with her beautiful singing voice.
This was a proper experience that surely messed with some of the foreign fans heads as a lot of them had no idea what the hell Adele was talking about as she got chatting.
During her last song ‘Rolling In The Deep’, Adele challenged the crowd to sing the chorus louder than all previous crowds, and The O2 followed suit.
Everyone got up from their seats and danced along while simultaneously singing their hearts out.
The confetti canons went off and everyone was suddenly very aware that this amazing Adele concert is over. Adele thanked her fans before sending them off into the night. Leaving her fans behind, in an emotional state that is probably best described as euphoria sprinkled with melancholia and a hint of sadness.
In hindsight, seeing Adele live was one of the best concerts I have ever attended. And I have witnessed a lot of great shows.
However, the lesson that I learnt during the Adele tour is that we should all focus more on the music and living in the moment whilst attending a gig. Sure, take a few photos if you feel like it, but don’t witness the show through your phone or by watching the big screen constantly.
Listen to what the people on stage are trying to tell you.
Enjoy the moment as it is never to be taken for granted!