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

By Amanda Ferguson

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

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