Last night (February 29th), Adele played the first show of her mammoth world tour to a sold-out crowd at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Playing hits from all three of her albums – Adele wowed the crowd with an 18-song set. Here are some of the best pics from the huge night.
Belfast was chosen as the lucky city playing host to the very first night of Adele's '25' World Tour. The hugely successful singer will play another show at the SSE Arena tonight (March 1) before heading to Dublin and then back to take on the rest of the UK.
Adele kicked off the gig with 'Hello' from her latest album '25'. A no-brainer!
From the stage, Adele revealed that she "woke up sounding like Arnold Schwarzenegger" after leaving the air conditioning on in her hotel room and admitted to still being nervous of huge gigs, in front of the 11,000 punters.
She stayed true to her roots, playing 'Hometown Glory' and 'Chasing Pavements' from her first album '19', alongside several hits from her mammoth new record, '25'.
Adele remained silent between tracks for the opening quarter of an hour - as a cure for her nerves. "They told me not to talk for three songs so my nerves could calm a little", she told the capacity crowd. A nice cuppa obviously calmed her anxiety, we presume.
Punters from all age groups convened on the SSE Arena for the special evening. Adele would later joke "I know some of you have been dragged along, but I'm going to win you over", and by all accounts - she certainly succeeded in pleasing the entire crowd.
Backed by a 21-piece band, Adele played an 18-song set which included several tracks from her sophomore album '21', including 'Rumour Has It', 'Set Fire To The Rain' and set closer, 'Rolling In The Deep'.
Adele also performed a soaring rendition of Bond theme, 'Skyfall' to a rapturous response, as well as a live debut for '25' track - 'Sweetest Devotion'.
The show was Adele's first full concert in four and a half years, and this punter in particular understood how lucky he was to have a ticket to the show. Secondary ticket sites have seen prices for her London shows rocket to over £20,000 per ticket.
As well as selling plenty of merch - Adele's performance was not plagued by the technical glitches that scuppered her Grammys performance weeks ago. All that practice was clearly worth it, if the fans' response to the show is to be trusted.
At one point Adele admitted that "some of my songs get a bit depressing" and that her stripped-back live show "isn't Beyonce", but Belfast didn't mind one bit.
The '25' tour will see Adele play over 100 shows in Europe and the US throughout 2016 - and she has also been heavily rumoured for a slot at this year's Glastonbury festival. If last night is anything to go by - she'll have no trouble filling the Pyramid field with excited fans.