Adele Announces European Tour Dates
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.
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.