Adele – The O2 Arena

Adele at The O2 Arena on 3/21/2016

Have you ever gone to a concert and made friends with the person besides or in front of you? Maybe it was while you were waiting in line for your drink at the bar or an awkward conversation in the bathroom? How about the headlining act?

Well, maybe that’s a little exaggerated, but that’s exactly the feeling I had leaving The O2 Arena after seeing Adele on Monday evening: like I had left with a new friend.

No, we didn’t exchange phone numbers or a selfie (however, she gave a decent amount of the attendees that gift of a lifetime). She did, though, leave everyone with a real representation of who she is whether it was through a story or an experience.

For me, this came with the screwups. “Fuck, I almost fell off the stage,” she yelled while her full body was on the floor – tour gown and all – trying to accommodate a fan’s request for a picture. That night, while I was surrounded by 20,000 individuals during her fifth sold-out show at the venue, I realized that this woman was probably one of the most normal pop stars out there, despite her one-in-a-million voice and her worldwide stardom.

Now, I could go on and on about the stellar performance she gave that evening, but we all know that was inevitable. I could ruin the set list – although it’s been released all over the Internet – but no need to worry, I won’t. Spoiler though, she sings “Rolling in the Deep.” I bet that was a shocker. I could also give you a rundown how I got the tickets, however, I think anyone who reads this will remember their struggle or doesn’t want to be reminded of the fact they aren’t going due to the high demand.

What I will tell you: you’re in for an unforgettable experience wherever you may see her. Whether it’s through one of her tour stops, her headlining Glastonbury gig or the probable tour DVD.

I was so fortunate to be in London with my parents watching her from the nosebleeds. It really was one of the “once in a lifetime” opportunities I’ll treasure and cherish for the rest of my life. Her voice, her laugh and her presence were all on full display that night, and I think that’s all I really could’ve asked for in the end.

Watch Adele’s performance of “Hello” from that night below!


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