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Adele Live Review

London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo | 19/09/2011

After cancelling a few dates on her UK tour, Adele made a triumphant return to London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo last night, as the North London star took her audience on a journey of heartbreak, happiness and of course, success.

Following the worldwide achievements of her record-breaking album 21 – which has now sold over 10million copies – the haunting chimes of Hometown Glory filled the Apollo, as Adele’s recognisable silhouette appeared on screen.

Finally emerging from the shadows, the 23-year old belted out Hometown Glory in front of a projected image of the London skyline – it was clear from the word go that our favourite UK talent was back to her best.

As her adoring crowd waited with baited breath to see what the songstress’ first words would be, the Adele we know and love screamed in her familiar twang: “London, I've been s****ing myself all day. But I shouldn't have worried 'cos you came."

Looking at home on the stage, she thanked her crowd for their attendance, launching in to hit after hit from her 21 LP, with notable favourites being Don’t You Remember, Set Fire To The Rain and Turning Tables.

It seemed all too much for one fan, as they fainted – leaving Adele to scream at the top of her lungs “medic” before continuing on with her stellar set – which included anthem Rumour Has It, which she performed with such conviction, but of course with a charming edge.

Her bold as brass behaviour was present throughout the gig, as she told the audience about her “f***ing rubbish” alcohol ban, joking she would be going home straight after the show for a cuppa.

She also expressed her love for Beyoncé – stating she thinks Queen B “looks good when she sweats” – while branding Simon Cowell a “f***ing joker” after he credited himself and The X Factor for her success.

Stand out tracks included her debut single Chasing Pavements, which sounded as fresh today as it did back in 2008, and her enchanting cover of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love – which she dedicated to her “angel” Amy Winehouse.

After teasing the crowd with a brief break, Adele returned to the stage – minus her shoes – to perform her encore, starting with Someone Like You, which the singer stated “had changed her life.”

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Adele powered her way through the ballad, encouraging the audience to help her sing the somewhat beautiful, yet emotional chorus – giving everyone goosebumps.

The sounds of Someone Like You bounced off every wall and tugged at every heart-string, making it a truly special moment and something that every member of the Apollo crowd will never forget.

Ending with thumping anthem Rolling In The Deep, Adele once again thanked her audience for coming as she disappeared behind a veil of glitter, which fell from the skies above her.

It was the perfect end to a magical night, as Adele left the stage to go home for a booze-free evening, a cuddle with her dog and a nice cup of tea.

By Joanne Dorken