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Adele Live 2016
Tour by Adele
Adele 2015TourPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Associated album 25
Start date 29 February 2016 (2016-02-29)
End date 29 June 2017 (2017-06-29)
Legs 4
No. of shows 51 in Europe
58 in North America
11 in Oceania
121 in total
Attendance 1.54 million
Box office $167.7 million (107 shows)[1]
Adele concert chronology

Adele Live 2016 (titled as Adele Live 2017 for the shows in 2017) was the third concert tour by British singer Adele in support of her third studio album, 25. It began on 29 February 2016, in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the SSE Arena, continued throughout Western Europe, North America and Oceania. It was originally scheduled to conclude on 2 July 2017, in London, England, at Wembley Stadium, however on 30 June Adele announced via social media that she had regretfully cancelled her final two performances upon medical advice due to vocal injuries. It is unlikely the performances will be postponed to a later date.[2][3][4][5]

Background and commercial reception[edit]

Adele announced the Western European headlining dates on 26 November 2015. After tickets went on sale on 4 December, many venues reported sell-outs, resulting in extra dates being added in multiple cities on the itinerary.[6]

Tickets sold out nearly instantaneously, with promoters for Glasgow's SSE Hydro reporting tickets for the 13,000 venue sold out within two minutes. Due to the high demand, online queues were set up, which resulted in queues of over 50,000 people for venues only seating a quarter of that.[7]

On 14 December 2015, Adele announced the North American leg of the tour. The leg included six nights at Madison Square Garden[8] and eight nights at Staples Center. Adele broke Taylor Swift's five-show record for most consecutive sold-out shows at Staples Center.[9]

Ten million people tried to buy tickets to the North American leg of Adele's world tour. Only 750,000 tickets were available.[10]

On 18 March 2016, Adele confirmed rumours that she would be headlining Glastonbury Festival 2016, on 25 June. She was the fourth solo female to perform a headline set at the festival, and the first on a Saturday. Adele confirmed the news live on stage at The O2 Arena, in London.[11]

In July 2016, Pollstar released its 2016 Mid Year Special featuring the top-grossing tours of the year so far. Adele was announced as the sixth highest-grossing worldwide act of 2016 so far, with ticket sales of $75.9 million and 709,498 tickets sold from the 49 shows of the European leg of her tour.[12][13] Billboard reported that overall based on tickets sold through the first week of October 2016 the tour had sold in the $150 million range and that the total gross from the first 15 venues of the North American leg of tour was $67,599,098 with 601,195 tickets sold from 5 July to 7 October 2016.[14]

Her tour influenced lots of people, writers A.I.Alyaseer and R.I.Alyaseer wrote a novel titled (My Trip to Adele) that takes place in one of her tour concerts in Verona, the novel connects Adele's music lyrics with the story.[15]

The tour's Australian dates were announced on 15 November 2016. Adele will perform a series of special stadium concerts in market’s five big cities in February and March 2017.[16] New Zealand show was announced on 18 November 2016.[17] Her first two shows in New Zealand sold out in record-breaking 23 minutes, and a third show was announced, with all tickets sold in under 30 minutes.[18] As of January 2017, over 600,000 tickets have been sold for the tour's Australian concerts.[19]

According to StubHub, a ticket resale site, the tour ranked the most popular concert tour of 2016.[20]

Adele Live 2016 ranked at #5 on Pollstar's annual Year End Top Worldwide Tours chart with $167.7 million.[21]

Adele performed to her largest audience on tour both in terms of the amount in a single shows, as well as overall for one city, with her two concerts at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, which attracted 95,544 people per concert.[22] This is also the largest audience the venue has seen since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, breaking Taylor Swift's 2015 record of 75,980 audience members.[23] The show was so packed that it caused huge public transport delays all around the city and both shows were delayed by up to 45 minutes to allow attendees more time to arrive at the concert.[24]

Critical reception[edit]

Opening night[edit]

Adele at the Genting Arena, March 2016

The UK tour received mostly very positive reviews. Bernadette McNulty of The Daily Telegraph gave the opening show at The SSE Arena Belfast five stars. She referenced the expensive secondary market ticket prices for the tour, saying that "Adele is worth every penny". McNulty states that "Adele undoubtedly has the popularity to fill endless arenas, but maintaining the attention of thousands of people used to the hi-tech extravaganzas laid on by the likes of Taylor Swift and Beyoncé can demand more flashing lights, dance routines and hydraulics than any natural talent. Her entrance was certainly theatrical, emerging from the centre of the arena underneath a main stage flanked by an Orwellian projection of her giant eyes blinking. But between that and some virtual, or possibly in Belfast real, rain, Adele kept it remarkably and effectively simple, letting nothing get in the way of what was almost a religious communion with her fans."[25] BBC News music reporter Mark Savage said that "Adele enjoyed a rapturous reception as she opened her world tour with an intimate arena show in Belfast."

Continuing his positive review, he said "even the steeliest of hearts would have been forced to concede she had brought the goods."[26] Amanda Ferguson from the Belfast Telegraph said that "Adele is fun, charismatic and exceptionally talented" in her four star review.[27] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian opened his review by saying that Adele "delivers a solid - if unsurprising - show on the first night of her tour". In his four star review, Petridis noted Adele saying "I know some of you have been dragged along here tonight but I'm going to win you over", before concluding that "judging by the reaction as she finally disappears - on the same platform on which she appeared - she has managed it."[28] Nick Hasted of The Independent gave the show three stars, saying that "she tries soul moves over gospel piano, but owes more to Shirley Bassey than Aretha". Giving a mostly positive review, Hasted concluded the review by saying "Adele needs the nerve to make a defining leap, to become the bawdy, ballsy she is on stage when she writes. Pop is dying for it."[29]

The O2 Arena[edit]

Adele sings "Set Fire to the Rain" at the Genting Arena, March 2016

The critical response was overwhelmingly positive when Adele performed six shows at The O2 Arena in her hometown, London. The Huffington Post's Ashley Percival gave one of the shows five stars: "By her own admission, most of her back catalogue is "fucking miserable", and I questioned quite how the Tottenham-born songstress would hold the attention of the packed O2 Arena without being able to rely on exhaustive dance routines or belting out some pop bangers to boost the energy. But the second she emerged through the floor of a small B-stage uttering those immortal words "Hello, it's me", any concerns just evaporated — every single person in the room was in complete awe, and would stay that way for the entirety of the 18-song set."[30] David Smyth from the London Evening Standard said that "Adele shifted constantly from being a lightning rod for emotion to a light entertainer" in his four star review. He also complimented the show's opening performance of "Hello", saying that "isolated, with her large band hidden behind the screen, [Adele] held the room without trickery — just one of the great singing voices."[31] Ludovic Hunter-Tilney from the Financial Times stated in his four star review that the show "had an old-school air of professionalism, sumptuously mounted and impeccably rehearsed." Hunter-Tilney also said that "Flashy special effects were kept to a minimum, such as the downfall of water that surrounded her for "Set Fire to the Rain" towards the end. The absence of high-tech arena spectacle helped the show. It allowed Adele's personality to gain the upper hand over her professionalism."[32]

Genting Arena[edit]

Adele performed in the Genting Arena, Birmingham on 29, 30 March and 1, 2 April 2016 in a performance described as "mesmerizing", "jaw-dropping" and "breath-taking".[33][34]

Staples Center[edit]

Billboard's Chris Willman took aim at previous reviewers of the tour who had criticised Adele for speaking too much during the concert in his positive review of the opening night of her stint at Los Angeles' Staples Center. He said "A few critics at the earliest stops on her first U.S. arena tour have made “shut up and sing”-type suggestions… a would-be corrective measure that’s unlikely to be wished for by almost any of her actual fans, who surely recognize that they’re in the presence of not just one of the great singers in pop history, but one of the great broads." [35]

Domain Stadium[edit]

Adele's first performance in Australia at the Domain Stadium in Perth was met with universally positive reviews. Heather McNeill of The Sydney Morning Herald said Adele "was noticeably humbled by the massive crowd [the largest in West Australian concert history], admitting in her first many witty and warm chats with fans that she was a bit nervous." She named "I'll Be Waiting", "Rumour Has It" and "Water Under the Bridge" as highlights calling them "flawless" and "soulful", as well as "Sweetest Devotion" and "Take It All". McNeill gave the concert five stars. [36] Simon Collins of The West Australian gave the concert four stars, claiming that "for many people, Adele's first ever Australian show and first ever stadium concert will be the best they have ever seen." He said that whilst "for many people, this was a five-star concert", for him "not so much...but like all that confetti after the show, I've been swept up in Adele fever." He concluded that "the once-in-a-generation artist and unique, yet down-to-earth, personality had left Perth fans both starstruck and with a brand new bestie." [37] In a review for The Guardian, Bob Gordon claims that "Perth was entranced and besotted by Adele a full 48 hours before her show" so that "by showtime, gridlock or not, Perth was fit to pop." [38]

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of 29 February 2016 concert, in Belfast.[39] It may not representative of all concerts of the duration of the 2016 tour.

Glastonbury Festival[40]

The set list at Glastonbury Festival was:

  1. "Hello"
  2. "Rumour Has It"
  3. "I'll Be Waiting"
  4. "One and Only"
  5. "Water Under the Bridge"
  6. "Skyfall"
  7. "Hometown Glory"
  8. "Don't You Remember"
  9. "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"
  10. "River Lea" (Live debut)
  11. "Rolling in the Deep"
  12. "Make You Feel My Love"
  13. "Set Fire to the Rain"

Encore:

  1. "When We Were Young"
  2. "Someone Like You"

The set list for Adele Live 2017 shows was:

  1. "Hello"
  2. "Hometown Glory"
  3. "One and Only"
  4. "I'll Be Waiting"
  5. "Rumour Has It"
  6. "Water Under the Bridge"
  7. "I Miss You"
  8. "Skyfall"
  9. "Don't You Remember"
  10. "Make You Feel My Love"
  11. "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"
  12. "Sweetest Devotion"
  13. "Chasing Pavements"
  14. "Take It All"
  15. "Set Fire to the Rain"

Encore:

  1. "When We Were Young"
  2. "Rolling In The Deep"
  3. "Someone Like You"

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets, and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 – Europe[41][42]
29 February 2016 Belfast Northern Ireland SSE Arena 21,593 / 21,593 $2,326,160
1 March 2016
4 March 2016 Dublin Ireland 3Arena 25,290 / 25,290 $2,617,060
5 March 2016
7 March 2016 Manchester England Manchester Arena 63,209 / 63,209 $7,243,160
8 March 2016
10 March 2016
11 March 2016
15 March 2016 London The O2 Arena 126,043 / 126,043[a] $14,759,300[a]
16 March 2016
18 March 2016
19 March 2016
21 March 2016
22 March 2016
25 March 2016 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro 22,292 / 22,292 $2,410,390
26 March 2016
29 March 2016 Birmingham England Genting Arena 52,562 / 52,562 $6,426,580
30 March 2016
1 April 2016
2 April 2016
4 April 2016 London The O2 Arena [a] [a]
5 April 2016
29 April 2016 Stockholm Sweden Tele2 Arena 30,772 / 30,772 $2,406,130
1 May 2016 Oslo Norway Telenor Arena 21,005 / 21,005 $1,785,430
3 May 2016 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen 9,907 / 9,907 $1,146,490
4 May 2016 Herning Jyske Bank Boxen 12,123 / 12,123 $1,430,260
7 May 2016 Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena 23,798 / 23,798 $2,319,340
8 May 2016
10 May 2016 Hamburg Barclaycard Arena 23,267 / 23,267 $2,343,370
11 May 2016
14 May 2016 Cologne Lanxess Arena 29,119 / 29,119 $2,734,650
15 May 2016
17 May 2016 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 26,480 / 26,480 $2,730,090
18 May 2016
21 May 2016 Lisbon Portugal MEO Arena 36,081 / 36,081 $2,692,990
22 May 2016
24 May 2016 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi 31,075 / 31,075 $2,858,760
25 May 2016
28 May 2016 Verona Italy Arena di Verona 25,512 / 25,512 $2,008,990
29 May 2016
1 June 2016 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome 51,777 / 51,777 $4,810,120
3 June 2016
4 June 2016
6 June 2016
9 June 2016 Paris France AccorHotels Arena 26,113 / 26,113 $2,798,970
10 June 2016
12 June 2016 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis 52,130 / 52,130 $5,713,100
13 June 2016
15 June 2016
25 June 2016[b] Pilton England Worthy Farm N/A N/A
Leg 2 – North America[41][44]
5 July 2016 Saint Paul United States Xcel Energy Center 30,685 / 30,685 $3,376,247
6 July 2016
10 July 2016 Chicago United Center 45,635 / 45,635 $5,074,208
11 July 2016
13 July 2016
16 July 2016 Denver Pepsi Center 27,313 / 27,313 $2,999,334
17 July 2016
20 July 2016 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena 28,959 / 28,959 $3,238,209
21 July 2016
25 July 2016 Seattle United States KeyArena 25,003 / 25,003 $2,890,817
26 July 2016
30 July 2016 San Jose SAP Center 28,002 / 28,002 $3,224,583
31 July 2016
2 August 2016 Oakland Oracle Arena 14,577 / 14,577 $1,722,672
5 August 2016 Los Angeles Staples Center 118,149 / 118,149[c] $13,821,741[c]
6 August 2016
9 August 2016
10 August 2016
12 August 2016
13 August 2016
16 August 2016 Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena 14,166 / 14,166 $1,573,459
20 August 2016 Los Angeles Staples Center [c] [c]
21 August 2016
6 September 2016 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 28,812 / 28,812 $3,007,199
7 September 2016
9 September 2016 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 31,251 / 31,251 $3,698,133
10 September 2016
14 September 2016 Boston TD Garden 27,183 / 27,183 $3,022,975
15 September 2016
19 September 2016 New York City Madison Square Garden 86,652 / 86,652 $9,829,597
20 September 2016
22 September 2016
23 September 2016
25 September 2016
26 September 2016
30 September 2016 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 32,155 / 32,155 $3,370,793
1 October 2016
3 October 2016 Toronto Air Canada Centre 62,653 / 62,653 $6,749,131
4 October 2016
6 October 2016
7 October 2016
10 October 2016 Washington, D.C. United States Verizon Center 29,043 / 29,043 $3,279,706
11 October 2016
15 October 2016 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 26,434 / 26,434 $2,828,954
16 October 2016
25 October 2016 Miami American Airlines Arena 27,906 / 27,906 $3,199,011
26 October 2016
28 October 2016 Atlanta Philips Arena 26,507 / 26,507 $2,924,777
29 October 2016
1 November 2016 Dallas American Airlines Center 27,823 /27,823 $3,143,958
2 November 2016
4 November 2016 Austin Frank Erwin Center 25,267 / 25,267 $2,725,292
5 November 2016
8 November 2016 Houston Toyota Center 25,577 / 25,577 $3,032,246
9 November 2016
14 November 2016 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes 34,585 / 34,585 $3,259,064
15 November 2016
21 November 2016[d] Phoenix United States Talking Stick Resort Arena 14,154 / 14,154 $1,445,379
Leg 3 – Oceania[41]
28 February 2017 Perth Australia Domain Stadium N/A N/A
4 March 2017 Brisbane The Gabba
5 March 2017
10 March 2017 Sydney ANZ Stadium
11 March 2017
13 March 2017 Adelaide Adelaide Oval
18 March 2017 Melbourne Etihad Stadium
19 March 2017
23 March 2017 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium
25 March 2017
26 March 2017
Leg 4 – England[41]
28 June 2017 London England Wembley Stadium N/A N/A
29 June 2017
Total 1,548,639 / 1,548,639
(100%)
$166,978,825

Cancelled shows[edit]

List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, and venue
Date City Country Venue Reason
1 July 2017 London England Wembley Stadium Damaged vocal cords[46]
2 July 2017

Personnel[edit]

  • Adele – vocals
  • Tim Van Der Kuil – guitars & musical director
  • Amanda Brown – backing vocals
  • Martine Celisca – backing vocals
  • Katie Holmes-Smith – backing vocals
  • Ben Thomas – guitars
  • Aaron Draper – percussion
  • Peter Randall – bass guitars
  • Eric Wortham II – piano & keyboards
  • Derrick Wright – drums
  • Rosie Danvers – cello, leader of the Wired Strings & horns
  • Wired Strings – strings

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The score data is combined from the shows held at The O2 Arena from 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 March & 4, 5 April 2016 respectively.
  2. ^ The concert of 25 June 2016 in Pilton, England at Worthy Farm is a part of Glastonbury Festival.[43]
  3. ^ a b c d The score data is combined from the shows held at the Staples Center from 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20, 21 August 2016 respectively.
  4. ^ The second concert in Phoenix was originally scheduled to take place on 17 August 2016, but was rescheduled due to illness.[45]

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