The ANZ Stadium cuts an impressive sight. More than a hundred thousand fans are all focused on the round stage. The screens display Adele’s closed eyelids and her signature (enviable) perfect eyeliner.
After a long wait for everyone to be seated, the lights go out. The audience, on cue, freaks out. The eyes blink open. The screens start to move up. At the same time, a haunting voice echoes throughout the huge space “Hello”.
Adele appears in a magnificent shimmering purple gown. My student-budget D reserve ticket doesn’t let me see much more than that. Thanks to technology and the huge screens all around, I manage to catch her laughing and smiling as she walks around the stage, waving to the audience and effortlessly belching out every note.
“You have no idea how much I shit myself as that screen starts to go up” she says.
Despite her claim, she walks on stage confidently as she talks and jokes with the audience like it’s nothing more than a one on one conversation, “Anyway, nice to see you all. I’m Adele, thank you for coming to my show”.
From signed pictures under random seats, to fireworks exploding on top of the stage to “Set Fire to the Rain”, the surprises are beyond amazing. She goes through song after song, occasionally sipping tea, and telling hilarious stories in between. Did you know she was pregnant when she recorded “Skyfall”, which is why according to her she “sounds like a man”?
Sadly and sooner than expected, the concert comes to a close with everyone shouting along to “Someone Like You”. Adele cries as she waves goodbye to Sydney.
Of course, the night doesn’t end there.
While I put sufficient thought into arriving here on time, I failed to imagine what happens when a crowd of 100,000 wants to leave the same place at the same time. Although the concert ends at 10 pm, I finally get home at 2 am, tired and unready to return to normal life with the tune of “Rumour Has It” stuck in my head.