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Adele has announced the dates of her 2016 European tour – the singer’s first tour since 2011.

Adele will start in Belfast next February and visit Dublin, Manchester, London, Glasgow and Birmingham before moving on to mainland Europe.

Tickets for the UK dates go on sale to members of Adele’s website on December 1 before going on general sale on December 4.

Adele’s third album 25 has sold 737,000 copies in the UK in just six days.

The new album has also sold almost three million in the US since its release on November 20.Adele Europe tour dates

In interviews, Adele has suggested she may not tour, blaming stage fright, her chequered vocal health, motherhood, and saying she finds touring lonely.

However, in a short video posted to accompany the tour announcement, Adele said: “I have been bluffing this whole time and I’m so relieved to tell you I am of course coming on tour.”

Adele’s last tour, in 2011, ended prematurely due to the discovery of a hemorrhage on her vocal cord, which required surgery.

With huge demand likely for her gig tickets this time, Adele’s tour website carries a request that purchasers do not sell tickets on for a profit.

Reselling tickets at inflated prices is common for sold-out gigs and is not illegal. But it often causes consternation among genuine fans and the site says: “The resale of tickets will not be tolerated.”

The tour announcement came after Adele’s 25 album set a new record for the most albums sold in a UK chart week, overtaking the previous record of 696,000 set by Oasis’s Be Here Now in 1997.


Adele’s new album 25 has been blocked from streaming on Spotify, Apple Music or other services.

Adele, 27, is thought to have followed in the steps of Taylor Swift and made the decision not to put her music on the services.

Spotify says it hopes Adele will change her mind “very soon”.

However, fans can buy 25 in music stores and on sites like iTunes and Amazon.Adele 25 album

Adele’s previous albums 19 and 21 as well as her current single Hello are still available for streaming.

The singer is said to be one of the few superstars who has enough influence to decide how she wants people to listen to her music.

A statement from Spotify said: “We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy 25 on Spotify alongside 19 and 21 very soon.”

The new album is not available to stream on Apple Music, but Apple said it was “thrilled” to offer it for download on iTunes.

Another artist who made the same decision as Adele was Taylor Swift, who pulled her music from Spotify in 2014 following a row over the royalties paid by streaming outlets.