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Adele in Belfast review: Down to earth yet out of this world, class act thrills SSE Arena

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 01/03/2016

Adele performs on stage at the SSE Arena Belfast on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Adele performs on stage at the SSE Arena Belfast on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Adele performs on stage at the SSE Arena Belfast on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Adele performs on stage at the SSE Arena Belfast on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
An Adele fan takes a selfie outside the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Adele fan Adam Bazuin from the Netherlands pictured at the front of the queue outside the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele merchandise promoting her opening Belfast show can be seen in a stall stationed outside the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele fans make their way into the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele fans make their way into the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele merchandise promoting her opening Belfast show can be seen in a stall stationed outside the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele fans at the front of the queue display their tickets as they wait outside the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele fans make their way into the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: A programme seller holds up an Adele tour programme at a merchandise stall outside the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele fans make their way into the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 29: Adele fans sing despite the rain as they wait to gain access to the SSE Arena on February 29, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele's highly anticipated world tour begins this evening with some news outlets reporting tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds. Adele made history recently by becoming the most succesful solo artist in a single year at the Brit Awards by winning four trophies. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Megan and Caroline Wright. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Kirsty Clinton, Mollie Clinton and Brian Clinton. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Seamus McAteer and Christine Rennick Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Andrew Callaghan and Lynne Callaghan celebrating their 12th Wedding Anniversary at Adele. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Mary Cononley and Gérard MacAllister Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Carly and Roisin Cheney. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Andrew Callaghan and Lynne Callaghan celebrating their 12th Wedding Anniversary at Adele. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Sophie Price, Andrew McClure, Alex Anderson Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Adele fan Adam Bazuin from The Netherlands pictured waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for this evenings opening night of her World Tour and Adam also has a ticket from tuesday nights show. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
29-02-2016 Adele fans at the SSE Arena Belfast for the Brit Awards winner first night of her new tour. Niamh Murphy. Meabdh O'Grady and Brianna O'Grady. Picture Colm O'Reilly /Presseye
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Fans of Adele(L-R) Nicola McKinney, Aisling Hill, Louise Hoy and Andrea Reilly from Lurgan patiently waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for Monday's opening night of her world tour. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Fans of Adele Joanne and Ted Addis from Belfast patiently waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for this evenings opening night of her World Tour. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Fans of Adele(L-R) Magan Truesdale,Jordain Gillen and Zara Truesdale from Belfast patiently waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for Monday's opening night of her world tour. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 29/02/2016 Fans of Adele(L-R) Conal Love and Aoife Browne from Belfast patiently waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for this evenings opening night of her World Tour. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 29/02/2016 Adele fan Adam Bazuin from The Netherlands pictured waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for this evenings opening night of her World Tour and Adam also has a ticket from tuesday nights show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 29/02/2016 Fans of Adele(L-R) Niamh Murphy,Brianna O'Grady and Meadbh O'Grady from Belfast patiently waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for this evenings opening night of her World Tour. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 29/02/2016 Adele fan Adam Bazuin from The Netherlands pictured waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for this evenings opening night of her World Tour and Adam also has a ticket from tuesday nights show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 29/02/2016 Fans of Adele(L-R) Niamh Murphy,Brianna O'Grady and Meadbh O'Grady from Belfast patiently waiting to get into the SSE arena in Belfast for this evenings opening night of her World Tour. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Fans, guests, and SSE Airtricity prize winners enjoy the pre-gig hospitality
Adele performs on stage during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Adele performs on stage during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Adele collects the British Single award on stage during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Adele wins the British Female Solo Artist award on stage during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Adele walks on stage to collect the award for MasterCard British Album of the Year during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Adele arriving for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

What a voice. Global singing sensation Adele kicked off the first date of her hotly anticipated world tour in Belfast last night.

Spending just under two hours in the company of such a talented young woman was the perfect mood booster on what was a bitterly cold and rainy evening in the city.

In her first tour outing since 2011, the Oscar and Brit award-winning entertainer emerged from underneath a centre stage at the SSE Arena in front of 10,000 screaming fans to belt out her impressive catalogue of emotionally-laden ballads and upbeat numbers reflecting on themes of love, nostalgia and more.

There was a good mix of tracks from 19, 21 and her recent record-breaking third album 25.

Looking beautiful in a full length sparkling gown, she started with hit single Hello and then made her way through the crowd to a second stage.

Images of Stormont, Belfast City Hall and the Harland & Wolff cranes generated howls from the crowd while she belted out Hometown Glory.

Adele picked some choice language to share how she had been extremely nervous ahead of her first ever arena gig. The crowd enjoyed her swearing descriptions and down-to-earth banter.

Ahead of performing Oscar-winning track Skyfall, Adele spoke about her love of Leonardo DiCaprio and visiting Titanic Belfast at the weekend.

Her rich vocals sounded stunning on the James Bond theme tune and on a Million Years Ago.

A stripped down version of Don't Remember was followed up by Send My Love.

Then after getting us up to speed with her visit to Belfast Zoo, which she described as "impressive" despite having to push a buggy up "the f****** hills" came a performance of Make Me Feel Your Love which provided an opportunity for the audience to sing-a-long, as did the anthemic Someone Like You.

Chasing Pavements, complete with giant hologram Adeles, sounded and looked amazing, and we were treated to a Leap Year proposal by a brave woman from the crowd and, of course, the obligatory encore all music acts indulge in.

The gig ended with the notoriously private star sharing snaps from her family albums on the big screen while she sang When We Were Young and a rousing version of Rolling In The Deep.

Adele is part of that uber famous group where no surname is required and while she's accumulated riches beyond most people's wildest imagination, she simply describes herself as "a working mother".

She has managed to maintain a genuine, warm personality that the music-buying public relates to and appreciates.

She's back in action at the SSE Arena tonight before gigging in Dublin at the weekend and then the tour is off to London, where it's reported tickets are fetching up to an eye-watering £24,000 from fans desperate to watch her perform.

If you've got tickets for the tour, you're in for a real treat.

Adele is fun, charismatic and exceptionally talented. A class act.

Four stars

Belfast Telegraph

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