There’s something immensely euphoric and powerful about singing on the top of your lungs with 98 thousand people, reliving a past experience which really shook you, but made you stronger. Joining the other screeching voices in harmony, we collaborated in our various pitches and immersed our mutual pain and suffering to become one force to be reckoned with. It felt strangely cathartic.
I guess that is what you expect from watching Adele perform at Wembley Stadium. Adele being placed right in the centre, amidst the ordered rows upon rows of faces, blending together, sitting open mouthed in awe at her frank honesty and enchanting melodies.
The last time I had come to Wembley Stadium was to perform as a dancer at the opening ceremony for the UEFA Championship Final in 2011, and I can remember vividly the vast amount of eyes watching my every move as I stepped hesitantly onto the wet pitch. I can’t imagine what it’s like to belt out pitch perfect award winning songs to an eager audience.
Wembley stadium is a location performed by legends, and in fact the last solo female to perform at Wembley was in 1997, so whilst I sat there with my over priced glass of wine next to my equally as excited mum, I felt not only was I there to be whisked away by her stunning vocals, but seeing history be made.
Adele began her performance intertwining hilarious anecdotes of her life on tour and what she plans to do in the future, giving a real snap shot into what she is like as a person. Although retiring at 29 is quite an achievement- as well as a shock to the system no doubt, her future plans to connect with her son and spend time being a mum is touching, (whilst making bizarrely pom-poms on the side!) Her honest approach to her emotions behind each song as well as natural chatter about reality TV series and cheeky swearing made the whole audience at ease and laugh with her.
After a certain time, she began to play hit after hit continuously as if she had got into a rhythm and each song was accompanied by stunning videos and apt production that fitted the show well. Fireworks exploded out of the stage and out of the Wembley arch when she sang her song “Set fire to the rain” and confetti spurted out whilst playing “Sweet devotion”, which all took the audience by surprise. I really loved her attention to detail to her fans, with each confetti piece having hand written notes on by Adele, as well as her shooting out t-shirts to the audience with money in, and even one chair in the auditorium having a special gift hidden underneath it. I felt that she honestly wanted to create this connection with the audience and really felt grateful for us to be there supporting her. Half way through her set, she asked the audience to come together and donate to the Greenfall tower fire and highlighted the drive behind her doing so and what she encountered when she personally went down to help those affected by it, which was a despairing moment in relation to their lives, but outlined with hope by all of us coming together and raising money for the victims of Greenfall tower.
Overall, her performance was one of high calibre and talent, her vocals lifted the audience in hope, soaring above and beyond Wembley stadium and her personal anecdotes in between songs left the audience in stitches. An incredible performer and refreshingly honest woman.