Adele in Brisbane: Star says hello in first of two shows
ADELE might be the most popular woman in the world right now, but it was the people of Brisbane she made feel special last night.
The landmark concert, the first at the Gabba with a record crowd of 60,000, was a gigantic love-fest for adoring fans.
Adele emerged at 7.55pm in a port-coloured sequined gown to greet the crowd: "Hello." When she sang "Can you hear me?" the crowd roared back.
The grandeur of the night was offset by Adele's casual quips between songs - making it feel not like a stadium but her living room.
"I'm sure you can tell I'm not cut out for your weather," she quipped, "even my eyelids are sweating."
Adele apologised for talking a lot, blaming nerves.
She acknowledged some of the pre-concert controversy about the venue, with concerns from City Hall over the logistics of getting 60,000 fans in and out.
"I know there was a bit of controversy about me playing the Gabba," Adele said.
"I think they should shut up with their bloody moaning, f---ing hell. Shut up!
"I've come from f---ing London. I'm happy to be in Brisbane!"
She then cheerfully waved to people in the apartments outside.
From Rumour Has It, Chasing Pavements and the triumphant Send My Love (To Your New Lover), the hits kept rolling.
A highlight was the James Bond epic Skyfall in which the 360-degree stage was circled by a male choir.
"No shirts next time," she joked, before referencing being an almost-married woman. "I miss my man. He's not here yet."
Queensland Police shared this footage of Adele fans at the Gabba from POLAIR.
The stadium then became a galaxy of stars as she asked everyone to raise their phones and dedicated the song Make You Feel My Love by the "underrated" Bob Dylan to all the couples in the audience.
A lucky fan also got a great surprise to find a letter from her under their seat.
As she belted out the hits, the show could be heard as far away as Dutton Park, Milton, Greenslopes and West End.
Earlier, as rain threatened to put a dampener on the event, Cyclone Adele brought surrounding suburbs to a halt, with traffic near the stadium gridlocked hours before the show started.
Hundreds of fans arrived at the Gabba early to listen to Adele's soundcheck ahead of the massive show.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the concert cemented Brisbane as the events' capital of Australia.
"This is the largest concert we've ever witnessed in Brisbane, a sign of confidence in Queensland," she said.
"What an outstanding performer."
Adele will perform at the Gabba again tonight.