Adele says she doesn’t like festivals or ‘fucking arenas’

Singer also says she'll never be part of a brand tie-in

Adele has said that she will “not do festivals”.

The ’21’ songstress said that festival audiences scared her – and she doesn’t think that her style of soul-pop would work well at outdoor events anyway.

“I will not do festivals,” she told Q. “The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I don’t think the music would work either. It’s all too slow.”


The singer also said that she wasn’t keen on playing arenas – despite being booked to play them in the UK later this year. “We had three nights on hold at the O2 [Arena in London],” she said, “and I was like, ‘I won’t play a festival. You think I’m gonna play a fucking arena? Are you out of your mind?’ I’d rather play 12 years at the Barfly than one night at the 02!”

She also said that would never do any promotional tie-ins with her music. “I think it’s shameful when you sell out,” she exclaimed. “It depends what kind of artist you want to be, but I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand. I don’t want be tainted or haunted.”

Adele added that she didn’t appreciated when her label re-released her debut ’19’ with extra tracks to cash-in on her success, saying: “I was furious when they did that. I said ‘no’ and they did it anyway. Just mugging off your fans.”