Adele says her stage fright is ‘actually getting worse’

Singer will embark on a rare UK and Ireland tour in 2016

Adele has said her stage fright is ‘actually getting worse.’

In a new interview with NPR, the singer explained that she was finding it harder to perform and was “too frightened to try anything new.”

“I get so nervous with live performances that I’m too frightened to try anything new,” she said. “It’s actually getting worse. Or it’s just not getting better, so I feel like it’s getting worse, because it should’ve gotten better by now.”


“With my stage fright, I just don’t want to let people down,” she continued. “I get so nervous onstage that I don’t have the guts to improvise or anything like that.”


Currently celebrating her record-breaking success with new album ’25’, Adele will embark on a rare UK and Ireland tour in 2016.

Reassuring fans concerned that stage fright may get in the way of her performance, Adele explained that live versions of her new songs would be very similar to the album versions.

“One of my favorite things about going to a gig and, doing a gig, is the singalongs,” she said. “The crowd gets to sing with you and you get to sing with the artist. Like, that’s one of my favorite things personally. So I would never want to perform a song completely differently. I mean, imagine if I started doing a bashment version of ‘Hello’. Everyone would be like, “What?””

Starting with two nights at Belfast’s SSE Arena on February 29 and March 1, Adele will then go on to play in 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)

UK advance tickets go on sale Tuesday December 1 at 9am GMT.