Adele wows Glastonbury crowd with gobby charm and spine-tingling vocals


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“Hello, can you hear me?” sang out the voice in the dark. And up went a huge answering roar of “Yes!”

Everybody came out for the biggest selling artist in the world and why wouldn’t they? Adele drew what was surely the largest audience for a headliner at Glastonbury since the Rolling Stones in 2014. There were silly questions about Adele’s suitability to headline this venerable festival, with the notion that a romantic chanteuse and ballad singer might somehow lack the requisite vigour and attack.

It is true that Adele doesn’t do much more than stand and sing and chat but when you’ve got songs that robust and emotional, a voice that luxurious and expressive and a character that funny and engaging what else do you really need? Her band played with skill and resonance and the audience did the rest.

There is nothing in popular music more spine tingling than a mass spontaneous singalong and, with a crowd of over 100,000, that may have been the most joyous singalong the festival has ever witnessed.

At first Adele seemed overwhelmed by the size of the audience. Her response was a string of profanities. “The BBC had to give a warning about my potty mouth,” she admitted. “I bet Muse didn’t get that.” Indeed, she uses the kind of language that would make a sailor let alone a rock and roller blush. She might have been accused of turning the air blue if it wasn’t filled with flares, smoke, flags and glitter.

She soon settled into her chatty, informal groove, blathering about whatever came into her head but never quite got over her own awe at the occasion. She stopped and restarted The River Lea because she said she was out of breath from all the dancing. “What a time to f*ck up a song!” she squawked with an unselfconsciousness that is utterly charming. The contrast between Adele’s comically gabby, spontaneous, down-to-earth working class London character and her sophisticated, emotional performances is at the core of her extraordinary appeal. She says whatever she thinks and sings like she’s got a plumb line straight to the heart.

There is something about Adele so unmediated and utterly authentic she can make every other pop star seem somehow artificial. “It’s amazing the way music brings people together,” she said, a cliche that has never sounded more true than this quite wonderful night at Glastonbury.

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