Adele's first NZ show gets interrupted by beetles

Music 24/03/2017

Warning: some strong language

British songstress Adele has kicked off her first New Zealand show to 45,000 adorning fans, and a couple of annoying bugs, at Mt Smart Stadium.

The superstar had the crowd laughing from the start with her own chuckles and dry, self-deprecating humour.

"If you're here to have a good time, well I hope so, but obviously my songs are so miserable so it's quite awkward," she said to enthralled fans.

The crowd was in hysterics when she had a confrontation with a couple of beetles on the stage.

She was followed around by the bugs for some time until she screamed, almost had a breakdown and appeared to go into the foetal position.

When she called out to the crowd for help, 15-year-old Tegan from Hamilton jumped up on stage, gave her a fluffy kiwi toy, got a selfie, and the show went on.



Adele dedicated her cover of Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love' to the victims of Thursday's London terror attack.

The AM Show social media presenter Aziz Al-Sa'afin was up front, and says it was the best concert he's ever been to.

"The experience was absolutely incredible," he told Duncan Garner on Friday morning.

"Her voice… Flawless. There are very few artists who are better live than they are on their albums."

Despite the bugs, she praised New Zealand's cooler climate.

"I've just been in Australia sweating my tits off, so not only am I happy to be in New Zealand just for being here, but also your weather is much more my cup of tea."