Saturday 1 October 2016

Watch: Adele at Dublin's 3Arena - A night of fun, drama and the voice of an angel

Published 05/03/2016 | 00:00

Adele performs on stage
Adele performs on stage
Adele performs on stage
Adele performs on stage

In March 2008, Adele Adkins made an extremely low-key Irish debut in the former Crawdaddy venue on Harcourt Street. Three multi-million, record-breaking albums later, she is finally launching her first ever arena world tour with four sold-out shows in Belfast and Dublin.

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A huge screen features Adkins' eyes blinking as the band strike into the opening piano chords of her blockbuster comeback single 'Hello'.

The whole 3Arena does a double take, as the woman of the moment appears from underneath a rectangular stage in the centre of the auditorium rather than behind the enormous screen. As curtain-openers go, it is as powerful and dramatic as it gets.

Unsurprisingly, her voice is fantastic - an arena-filling soulful expression head and shoulders above any other voice in contemporary pop.

Adele performs on stage
Adele performs on stage

Adele is also a very endearing raconteur. In a day and age where you'd be hard pushed to get more than a perfunctory greeting out of a lot of acts, Adkins knows how to make a show fun, personable and most importantly, a great night out.

"Happy Friday," she cackles three songs into the set. "I actually had no idea that it was Friday."

Adkins reveals she visited the Natural History Museum during her stay in Dublin, and is puzzled but delighted to learn its nickname is the 'Dead Zoo'.

The retro-looking stage set perfectly compliments her chart-topping torch songs. The drama of the music is perfectly countered by her warm personality.

"I've a confession to make, I drink my Guinness with Ribena," receives one of the biggest cheers of the night.

"If you saw me in Crawdaddy, you never would've guessed I'd write this song one day," she says introducing a sumptuous version of the James Bond theme song 'Skyfall'.

Adele's ascent into the arenas has been a long time coming, but she pulls it off spectacularly.

Adele performs on stage
Adele performs on stage

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