Adele says watching Kate Bush live inspired her return to music

Singer saw the legendary performer at London's Hammersmith Apollo last year

Adele has described how Kate Bush‘s recent comeback inspired her.

In 2014, Bush played her first live shows in 35 years during a residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Adele has revealed that she attended one of the concerts and that it influenced her to make new music.

In an interview with the New York Times, Adele said: “I read somewhere, and I don’t know if it’s true or not, that [Bush’s son] said when he was 16, ‘I want to know now why everyone loves you.’ And it makes me so emotional. After that show, it was: ‘I don’t want to wait. I don’t want to wait till my kid is 16, I want to show him now.'”

Similar to Bush, Adele rarely plays live, but recently announced a full UK and Irish tour for 2016.

Adele discussed why she rarely performs live elsewhere in the Times interview: “Performing to that many people for every night, for that long, I find something very lonely about it. Which sounds weird, because you’re performing for like, 20,000 people every night, but you leave on your own. You don’t go home and, like, share a bed with 20,000 people and have a little pyjama party and watch movies.”

She continued: “Obviously I’m going to have my friends with me and I’m going to have my family with me, but the thought of how lonely that could be frightens me more than the load of doing a worldwide tour.”


Adele’s tour will include dates in Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow before heading to Europe for appearances across the continent.

Adele’s European dates will include Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Herning, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Zurich, Lisbon, Barcelona, Verona, Amsterdam, Paris and Antwerp.

See below for full UK and Ireland dates. Adele will play:

Belfast, SSE Arena (February 29-March 1)
Dublin, 3Arena (March 4-5)
Manchester, Arena (March 7-8)
London, The O2 (March 15-16, 18-19)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (March 25-26)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (March 29-30)