We can not begin to tell you or share how amazing our night was last night with Adele. Not only did we get to spend the day in London hitting our must stop favorites, we then had the most amazing evening that was once in a lifetime truly.
We were to be at the O2 arena by 5:15 to get to our VIP reception so with it being an hour away we left London around 4:00 and headed to the arena. The O2 is just massive and the best way I could explain to those in Kansas is that if you put the Sprint center and all of Power and Lights districts bars and restaurants under a massive dome that you could retract, you now have the London O2. We learned that for a performance it holds about 30,000 people and is flipping massive! When you look up to those climbing the stairs to the top it would almost make you a wee bit sick.
We arrived at our VIP reception and from the start we were treated like royalty. We walked in and were given champagne and escorted to our assigned tables and seats. When we arrive at our seats they had not missed a detail in making us feel special. From the menu cards to every single sign in our area showed that we were Adele VIP. (Including the posters in the bathroom which Shannon snagged for us. 😜). So before the concert we enjoyed an open bar with spirits, Peroni beer and two wines were available. The staffing was incredible so each and every person at the table were all served at the exact time as the servers surrounded our table waiting to deliver or meal. Granted, I am not one for raw salmon or lamb so I may have left my expensive meal a bit hungry but I wasn't there for the food.
After we had our three course meal the black coats then escorted us across the way to the arena where we were quickly led to the fast track entrance so we didn't have to wait in the massive line to enter. As we entered we then were escorted to our seats which we assumed were going to be wonderful and on the floor but we honestly were never given a seat assignment so we had zero clue where we would be seated. Each time we showed our ticket they kept directing us to the main floor and each time our hearts beated a bit faster. We finally arrived at our seats on the floor and we were third row right by the stage. I think at this point Shannon and Patti were both blown away and realized how spectacular of an evening we had planned.
The show was to start at 8:00 pm and it shortly after 8 it started. You can see the video below showing of how her show opened. She appeared in the middle of the arena behind us to throw us all for a loop, and of course she started her show with "Hello". After her first song she walked thru the crowd and headed to the main stage that was directly in front of us.
I have attended lots of concerts in my day, starting with my very first concert of my choosing (I was 16 btw) of Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford to Alabama to Kenny G. I truly enjoy music and although I have attended lots over the years, I have never had such a magically evening let alone had the opportunity of such a neat performer.
The best part about the evening was getting to know Adele. She performed to the crowd as though it were 1000 people. She was extremely humble, witty and most importantly real. We heard plenty of the f word (which of course I am fluent in), about her zits that popped up over night, the love of her life her little one and about how she could barely sell out a small place and is now selling out around the world. She addressed all parts of the arena and made sure to interact with the crowd as much as she could.
I had thought ahead and had taken one of my Pinkadilly American flag vests that were extremely light weight so I could pack it and show where we were from. Shannon and I held up any time the house lights came on and finally we did catch her attention. She not only acknowledged that we were from the states but also poked fun and asked what we were holding up, "is that some sort of a poncho or something?" As I type I can hear her British accent and her addressing us... ❤️. The crowd around us was tickled that we finally caught her attention and gave us all cheers as they felt they were with us. Such fun camaraderie with everyone around us.
*side note, on our plane trip to Ireland today the gal on the plane next to Shannon was also at Adele. When she heard we were from the states she asked if Shannon heard adele address some others from the US that held up some expensive weird flag. That was us... 😊
At the end of the show, as she was finishing rolling in the deep, cannons let of massive confetti. Until it all landed we didn't realize that there was handwriting on each of them. And the floor was covered. It was all in Adele's handwriting and had many messages. We gathered quite a few yet haven't had a chance to look at them all yet.
Towards the end of the concert she did welcome those of us close to come up to the stage and be close to her while singing. Just amazing...
It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I know we will never forget.