Fans chase €1,000 tickets for Adele's sell-out concert
Hundreds of fans queued outside the Olympia Theatre in Dublin last night to see chart-topping songstress Adele take to the stage for one of most anticipated Irish gigs of the year.
Tickets for the Grammy Award-winning singer's intimate performance sold out in under an hour last November.
Fans were reportedly forking out up to €1,000 for last-minute tickets on eBay yesterday.
The London-born singer was spotted out and about in Dublin yesterday evening, where she stopped to sign autographs for fans outside the Olympia as she arrived for her gig.
The Dublin concert was announced by music promoters MCD last November, two months ahead of the release of her second album, '21', which launched her career into the stratosphere, selling more than 200,000 copies in its first week.
The 22-year-old singer burst on to the scene in 2007 when her debut hit single 'Chasing Pavements' topped the British charts on its release.
Her first album '19' helped her star rise even higher, winning her a Mercury Prize nomination and two Grammy Awards.
But it was her second album '21' which turned her into a commercial phenomenon -- debuting at number one on the British album chart and charting in the same position in 10 other countries.
Adele has held the top spot for a week longer than Queen of Pop Madonna's greatest hits collection, 'The Immaculate Collection'.
The London singer has accounted for one in every 10 album sales in the first quarter of 2011 -- selling more than 1.86 million copies -- and has also broken the record for the longest time spent at number one by any female on the British album chart.
If she holds on to the spot for another week, she will equal Bob Marley's record with his album 'Legend' in the 1980s.
Adele is also holding three positions in the British singles charts: 'Someone Like You' is at number three; 'Rolling In The Deep' is at number 16; and 'Make You Feel My Love' occupies the number 39 slot.
The Olympia Theatre, with a capacity of just 1,600, provided a rare opportunity for fans to see the stadium star in action at close quarters last night. The singer could easily have filled the 02.
As fans soaked up the performance, a spokesman for the Olympia said he could not remember a show as popular.