Concert Review: Adele
Hello from the other side.
Who: Adele World Tour, Adelaide
When: 13 March
Where: River Torrens
Rating: 👑👑👑/5 slay queens
The big shiny lights of the world-class Adelaide Oval played host to Grammy winner and UK vocal powerhouse, Adele.
While there was a record turn out of 70,000, those of us who had not secured tickets and didn’t want to miss out either, resorted to other means to catch Adele’s debut performance in Australia. I was one of the latter and I was hell keen to go because I know the lyrics to the songs and my friends were talking her up all bloody week. So in a last minute scramble, I found some tickets via Gumtree.
but then bailed because lol, $650.
With thanks to the reliable and fast service of the Adelaide Metro ‘Oval Express’ buses, I had arrived 30 minutes before the show started and still managed to find myself a decent spot. I guess you could say the amenities were pleasant.
I poured myself a slightly warmed red tin — no expensive venue drinks for me! — and plonked myself down by the banks of the Rizzy Tizzy. The sun had started to set and Adele didn’t feature a support act but jokes on you ticket holders; I was thoroughly enjoying the band playing at Womadelaide’s Novatech stage which I could hear from Botanic Park. Close to 8pm, the sun had eventually set, and Adele’s powerhouse vocals sent tremors across the Torrens with her opening number, Hello.
Apparently there was an arena stage set up and it looked spectacular. Apparently there was a short power outage of a stage. Apparently there was a kiss cam zooming in on couples at the show. Apparently I’m not good enough for the fuckboys who “read” my messages and consciously chose to not reply. But all of this was not in view from my seat, a gentle yet stern reminder that I was not actually at the concert, just some girl sitting by the River. I did however see a passive-aggressive exhange of tweets from power supply management expert Caleb Bond @ state Labor MPs and the Adelaide Oval lights beaming brightly.
I was refreshing Snapchat to view the stories of my mates who were snapping just about every part of the event. I can confirm that Queen Adele definitely did slay and her setlist comprised of all the hits from her three studio albums. I was there for a good while but then realised my phone battery was at 1% from the endless scrolling and refreshing of apps. Convenient too, as the concert had just wrapped up
On my lonely walk back to the On Dit basement, Adele started singing her encore and one of my favourite songs in fact, from her 21 album. We could have had it all, buddy, we could have had it all. Haha reply to my texts.
Please enjoy this grainy snap taken from the iPhone before it died.
Reviewed by Jenny Nguyen.