Review: Adele

ADELE broke record after record with the release of her album 25. It was the first album in a long time that I had felt properly excited about, like an excuted small child on Christmas morning waiting to open presents from Santa.

So when I heard she was coming to perform in New Zealand for the first time, I sat at my computer for an hour before the pre-sale tickets went on sale, just to make sure I didn’t miss out.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t.

Instead I got walloped with two $400 tickets. I really only had one thought while pressing the button that would drain $800 from my father’s bank account, THIS BETTER BE WORTH IT!

I have been to four other concerts. Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour was my first, then 5 Seconds of Summer, a small Jamie McDell concert at the Dome and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

I had enjoyed all these concerts but nothing had really stood out to me about them.

I have always believed live music is unbeatable, so I knew Adele would absolutely blow me away with her live vocals, but what really stood out to me was the way she was able to engage with the audience of all age groups, while on stage.

She chatted between songs as if you were the only one there, not one in a crowd of thousands.

She set up her stage like I have never seen before. As you may have seen, she was on a small circle stage in the middle of the arena. At first, I was sceptical of this set up — I thought, wouldn’t she always have her back to at least half of the audience? But it actually took nothing away from the experience.

There were always stunning visual effects playing on the 360 degree screen during the songs that created such a beautiful atmosphere, really taking the concert to another level visually.

The New York Times published an article of the top 50 live acts and put Bruce Springsteen at number one. I have been to a Bruce Springsteen concert and it did not come close to Adele.

Her voice alone could send a shiver down anyone’s spine.

I don’t think listening to her albums will ever be the same after I felt her voice reverberating though my bones at the concert.

Although the tickets were expensive, they were definitely worth it.

ADELE broke record after record with the release of her album 25. It was the first album in a long time that I had felt properly excited about, like an excuted small child on Christmas morning waiting to open presents from Santa.

So when I heard she was coming to perform in New Zealand for the first time, I sat at my computer for an hour before the pre-sale tickets went on sale, just to make sure I didn’t miss out.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t.

Instead I got walloped with two $400 tickets. I really only had one thought while pressing the button that would drain $800 from my father’s bank account, THIS BETTER BE WORTH IT!

I have been to four other concerts. Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour was my first, then 5 Seconds of Summer, a small Jamie McDell concert at the Dome and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

I had enjoyed all these concerts but nothing had really stood out to me about them.

I have always believed live music is unbeatable, so I knew Adele would absolutely blow me away with her live vocals, but what really stood out to me was the way she was able to engage with the audience of all age groups, while on stage.

She chatted between songs as if you were the only one there, not one in a crowd of thousands.

She set up her stage like I have never seen before. As you may have seen, she was on a small circle stage in the middle of the arena. At first, I was sceptical of this set up — I thought, wouldn’t she always have her back to at least half of the audience? But it actually took nothing away from the experience.

There were always stunning visual effects playing on the 360 degree screen during the songs that created such a beautiful atmosphere, really taking the concert to another level visually.

The New York Times published an article of the top 50 live acts and put Bruce Springsteen at number one. I have been to a Bruce Springsteen concert and it did not come close to Adele.

Her voice alone could send a shiver down anyone’s spine.

I don’t think listening to her albums will ever be the same after I felt her voice reverberating though my bones at the concert.

Although the tickets were expensive, they were definitely worth it.

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