In a bigger room, Adele commands with her gravitas

Once daunted by arenas, the North Londoner recently joked on stage: "I could get used to this"


ADELE is not daunted by arenas anymore. On Monday night she started a world tour here at the SSE Arena Belfast, announcing early on, "This is my first time in an arena, ever, playing to my own fans."

Moments later, she added that anxiety before the concert had caused her to have "severe bowel movements". It was a pure Adele moment: a pop triumph immediately brought to earth by shared human frailty. Adele's gifts could separate her from more ordinary humans. Instead, she forges bonds.

Adele now has stadium spectacle at her disposal: giant video scrims, two stages, a band expanded with string and brass sections.

She is far and away the most dominant musician on the album chart of the 21st century,...

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