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Chart-topping superstar Adele is making her show-stopping return to the UK stage tonight as she goes head-to-head with Ed Sheeran, who is performing his final show at Wembley Stadium.
The superstar singer, 34, is performing on British soil for the first time in five years this evening at her homecoming concert at Hyde Park as fans flocked to the venue hours ahead of time.
Ed Sheeran is playing at his final sold-out Wembley Stadium gig tonight as the two legends take to the stages in what is set to be a momentous night for British music.
However, furious fans fear they’ll miss Adele’s show-stopping return to the UK stage because of flight cancellations and travel delays.
But airport chaos and staff shortages mean her supporters travelling from far and wide may miss out on the momentous night.
It’s nearly here! Adele warms up her vocals ahead of her momentous homecoming concert at Hyde Park this evening – but travel disruption and flight cancellations mean that some fans have had to sell their tickets ahead of her show-stopping performance
Adele, pictured performing at Wembley Stadium in June 2017 – which was her last UK tour for the general public. Tonight, she returns to London to perform at her sold-out gig in Hyde Park
Ed Sheeran pictured performing at the Brit Awards in February 2022. He is likely to play his final tour gig on British soil tonight at Wembley Stadium
Adele left fans disappointed five years ago as she cancelled the final two nights of her tour because she damaged her vocal cords
Battle of the Brits: Adele and Ed Sheeran’s stellar sold-out gigs tonight
Are they both performing tonight?
The two British legends are performing tonight in London.
Fans of Ed Sheeran are expected to flock to Wembley Stadium in North London to watch him perform the fourth night of his tour in the capital.
Tonight marks Adele’s return to performing on UK soil, for the first time in five years.
She will be singing at her sold-out show in London’s Hyde Park.
Are tickets for both sold out?
Tickets for both Adele and Ed Sheeran’s concerts are sold out for tonight, according to official websites.
BST says there are no more tickets available for Adele’s performance at Hyde Park.
Despite official tickets selling out, there are people reselling their tickets online.
Adele is performing tomorrow too?
Adele is also performing at Hyde Park on Saturday, July 2 – but tickets are also unfortunately sold out.
How long is it since they both were on tour in the UK?
Both Adele and Ed Sheeran played at the Brit Awards in February 2022 – but it has been longer since they toured as solo artists for the general public.
Adele hasn’t toured in the UK since 2017, when she packed out Wembley Stadium.
Ed Sheeran on the other hand has performed to British crowds a hand full of times in 2021 and 2019, including at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Chantry Park in Ipswich.
Desperate die-hard fans have asked the multi-millionaire singer herself if she has a helicopter or private jet to spare after Aer Lingus cancelled their flights to watch her performance.
Others were forced to flog their tickets when airlines dropped the flights last minute after getting the ‘dreaded text’ that they wouldn’t be able to get to the concert on time.
This comes as Britain’s summer of discontent continues – with train and airport mayhem, mass strikes over wage-busting, and crippling post-Covid staffing plaguing holidaymakers across the country.
And it’s feared that travel disruption will get even worse as other European countries are set to plunge into airport anarchy ahead of the summer holidays.
Fans were seen queueing up in central London hours ahead of the gig in a bid to get the perfect view of the Hello singer for her homecoming performance.
It’s the first time she has performed for her British fans since her tour at Wembley Stadium in June 2017 – but she left crowds disappointed five years ago as she cancelled the final two nights because she damaged her vocal cords.
Ed Sheeran, on the other hand, has performed to British crowds a hand full of times in 2021 and 2019, including at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Chantry Park in Ipswich.
He rocked adoring crowds at the sold-out Wembley gig last night – which was the fourth of his five-day stint at the London venue.
But tonight marks his final tour date in the UK for the foreseeable future – after announcing that The Mathematics Tour will likely be his last as he seeks to dedicate more time to family.
Adele and Ed Sheeran, 31, both played songs briefly at the Brit Awards earlier this year – however tonight’s shows are for the general public.
Yesterday, Adele shared a glimpse of her rehearsals for tonight’s much-anticipated show.
The singer, 34, donned a casual ensemble in the Instagram images shared on Thursday as she belted out a track during the practice session.
The Easy On Me hitmaker looked on fine form as she sat cross-legged on a chair and passionately sang into a microphone ahead of the performances on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July.
The mother-of-one went make-up free while allowing her caramel locks to loosely cascade over her shoulders.
Wanting to drum up excitement for her rare live performances, Adele asked in her caption: ‘Who’s ready for tomorrow!?’
And though many of her fans were thrilled at the prospect of seeing her perform her biggest hits live in person, there were still plenty of others who are disappointed in the lack of information about her Las Vegas shows.
In January, she tearfully cancelled her long-awaited residency in the US.
The last-minute cancellation left many fans out of pocket after spending thousands on tickets and plane fares to see her onstage.
Meanwhile, last-minute concert-goers have today flocked to social media to buy tickets being resold by punters ahead of the show-stopping night for British music.
Adele’s set begins at 8.20pm tonight as she takes to the stage in Britain for the first time in five years
Show: The singer took to Instagram to speak about her Hyde Park show as she said it was going to ‘blow’ her fans’ ‘socks off’
Fans who can no longer attend the concerts are flogging their tickets – some for more than face value.
Both Adele and Ed Sheeran’s concerts tonight are sold out, according to official websites.
Only a few tickets, including hospitality tickets, remain for the Shape of You singer’s gig – which are being sold for nearly £350.
Some Brits have made the most of the stellar musical weekend, purchasing tickets to see both Adele and Ed Sheeran tonight and last night.
One woman wrote: ‘One for the boy Ed Sheeran – Wembley yesterday. One for the girl Adele – Hyde Park today. Exhausted already and £££. All worth it for the memories.’
Another fan of Adele posted a clip this morning as he camped out at Hyde Park, ahead of her return to the stage.
He said: ‘Good morning to Adele! We are ready, in queue for tonight. Can’t wait to see you perform live again after 5 years!’
Dozens of desperate fans took to social media after their flights were cancelled ahead of Adele’s concert in Hyde Park
Performance: The star, 34, took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena and performed I Drink Wine, a track from her latest album 30, during the Brit Awards earlier this year
Fans rocked out to Ed Sheeran’s concert last night – which was the fourth of his five-day stint at the London venue
Some fans have taken advantage of both singers performing this week – by buying pricy tickets to both