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Adele demonstrated why she's the most popular recording artist of our generation last night with a heart-warming performance at Glastonbury Festival. "This is the best fucking moment of my whole life," she told a huge crowd of over 100,000 people gathered at the Pyramid Stage, shortly before confiding that the BBC, broadcasting her set from Somerset live, had warned her to watch her "potty mouth" before she came on stage.
That didn't stop Adele from swearing like a trooper between emotional renditions of "Hello", "Skyfall", "Hometown Glory", and her other biggest songs. Though Adele didn't address the UK's decision to vote for Brexit directly, she appeared to make several veiled references to Thursday's polarising EU referendum. When some crowd members began booing when Adele pointed out fans who had travelled to Somerset from Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent, the singer told them off by saying, "After what went on the other day, you wanna boo each other?"
Later, after dedicating her cover of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" to her late grandfather, she told the crowd: "It's a bit weird at the moment, stuff that's going on, for all of us, and we need to look after each other." Earlier in the day, London's LGBT community had gathered for its annual solidarity parade, so Adele also took the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Pride Day.
A sea of smartphones greets Adele's version of Bob Dylan's Make You Feel My Love. JL pic.twitter.com/xViYcZ5wqx
— Glastonbury Live (@GlastoLive) June 25, 2016
Even before she wrapped up her 15-song set with stirring versions of "When We Were Young" and "Someone Like You", Adele had completely charmed Glastonbury by telling some amusingly crude anecdotes, bringing crowd members on-stage to have selfies taken with her, and revealing that it was a childhood trip to the festival that made her want to become a singer. "It's amazing the way music brings people together," she said as her music was doing just that, at a time when some togetherness is just what the UK could do with.
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