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Adele in Belfast: 'It's one gig we had to see as she may never come back'

By Cate McCurry

It's the concert thousands of Adele fans had been waiting for following the star's stellar comeback last year.

More than 10,000 packed into the SSE Arena in Belfast last night for the first gig of her UK and European tour. Many of her devoted fans queued for hours in the pouring rain to see their idol who recently made history when she walked away from the Brit Awards with four gongs.

Andrew McClure (20), from Belfast, braved the cold for more than five hours, but declared: "It's been worth the wait and she even drove past us as she arrived for the concert in a dark car, it was very exciting.

"I love her humour and music all combined together. I really like her as a person too. This is her first show in over three years so it will be great for her too."

One of her most famous songs has a special meaning for Armagh couple Carly (32) and Roisin Cheney.

"We are really big fans, her song Make You Feel My Love was our wedding song when we got married," Carly said. "It was always going to be that song as we both love her."

Roisin (34) added: "We always had faith that Adele would come back from her break and we are so glad she did. Anything she does is amazing. I was even late for work because I was listening to her new Hello song. She gets better every time, I don't know how she does it."

Andrew Callaghan (46) and wife Lynne (36) celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary at the sell-out concert. The couple, who travelled from Dromore in Co Tyrone, became fans after seeing her perform at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Andrew said: "I've wanted to go and see Adele for a long time and the fact that she took that long break just made me want to see her even more. I love her music and her songwriting.

"She has a nervous energy and she sometimes giggles during songs but she turns it around. Every song seems to have a story behind it. She's brilliant."

Lynne added: "It's one concert we had to go to. I queued in Enniskillen from 6am to make sure we got tickets so we couldn't miss it as we don't know if she will ever be back."

Kirsty Clinton (30), from Belfast, said: "... I've been looking forward to this concert for so long.

"I was going to sell my kidney to get my hands on a ticket."

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