自從19歲的愛黛兒Adele 在2008年發行了她的第一張專輯 19，直到2016年她的專輯25, 我一直覺得她是現今最不可多得的歌手。在過去,她在大量觀眾面前表演時會有嚴重的焦慮症,所以一直以來都只在較細小的場地演出。除非你常常留意她一舉一動和最新動向的超級忠實粉絲，否則要看她的現場表演真是相當困難的。去年，我偶然在她網上粉絲專頁登記了做會員, 不久後得知她會在英國作2016巡迴演出時,真的非常興奮。而我更發現會員竟然可優先購買這次演唱會的門票! 有這千載難逢的機會,我當然不會放過噢!
演出當晚,可坐兩萬一千人的Manchester Arena座無虛席。我們很幸運能夠買到第一排的座位（這是我們離開英國之前送给自己的禮物），所以是真正能夠超近距離欣赏她的現場表演，而不是看場內的大屏幕。愛黛兒的表現绝對是的世界級的。她精湛的歌藝, 圓潤的聲線，確實繞樑三日, 令人聽出耳油。加上親切地跟觀眾打成一片，簡簡單單做回她自己,根本不需要像一般演唱會靠性感舞蹈員在台上搔首弄姿去吸引眼球。
Every since Adele released her first album 19 in 2008, I have been a great fan of hers. In the past she only performed at small intimate venues as she suffered from severe anxiety attacks when performing in front of large crowds. To see her perform live was rather difficult unless you are a die hard core fan and follow her every move and announcement. Last year, I was absolutely delighted when I heard about her 2016 tour in major venues across the UK. By chance, I had joined her online fan page not long before, and apparently if you were a fan before a certain date you had priority access to tickets sales. Needless to say, I was sitting by my PC ready to order tickets the very moment they were released.
Manchester Arena, which had a 21,000 seating capacity was fully packed on the evening. We were very lucky to have managed to buy first row tickets (a treat for ourselves before we depart UK) so were able to really watch her perform live as opposed to relying on the massive screens in the Arena. Adele’s performance was sheer world class as expected. Her incredible vocals, powerful ballads and down to earth interaction with the crowd, doing just what she was best at, negated any need for fashion shows or sexy dancers prancing around on stage.
This is definitely the best gig I have been to and it may be a while before anyone can top that. Another great UK memory bagged.