There is always an artist has been with you for a long time, who’s songs you have laughed and cried with (well mostly cried) who’s words resonate with your every vein fill you with inspiration to seize your life, get your man or even just let your love go. When the opportunity to see them live comes around you just cannot miss it.
The perfect setting was provided by the grand De Montfort Hall inLeicester, the most beautiful venue to see my beloved Adele perform live (a ubiquitous arena would definitely not suit her style). Adele was supported by The Civil Wars and Amos Lee who were awesome, especially The Civil Wars who were quite The XX/Mumford and Sons-esque. I had never been to The De Montfort Hall before and was suitably an idyllic location. Even Adele had commented on that fact.
As Adele had been suffering from a chest infection and laryngitis I had feared that she would cancel, like she had done the previous few shows, but she didn’t and boy am I glad!
Dressed in a ¾ sleeved, belted knee length black dress Adele began in her signature style with Hometown Glory as her opener. Then enthralled the audience with her early work on 19 with Chasing Pavements, Right As rain and My Same and then with her latest album 21. We got to hear modern classics such as Set Fire to the Rain and Turning Tables. The cult Someone Like You and ending on a upbeat Rolling in the Deep which got the crowd going. Throwing in a few covers from Bon Iver and The Cure Adele kept the crowd in a trance throughout her 1 and a half hour set.
In true Adele fashion she kept us entertained with jokes, anecdotes and stories about who and why she wrote the songs. The show was a treat not just for the ears but also the eyes. A Great stage setting with terracotta lamps and wonderful musicians who played with her provided an excellent back drop to the emotional Adele 21 tour.
I loved Adele’s show because she is just a young woman who doesn’t know how good she actually is, who has a totally mesmerising voice, can engage with the crowd and just be normal. She’s a girl you’d want to go on a night out with. If you get the chance to see her I urge you to do so. I bought a t shirt and plan to wear it everywhere all the time!
Oh and she waved at me when she sang right as rain – Adele if you are reading – it was me 😉