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Adele says her “profound” experience at the 2003 Iraq War protests inspired her first song, Hometown Glory: “I felt such a sense of power.”

Adele has spoken openly about being inspired to write her first song after attending a protest against the Iraq war.

Appears on Desert Island Discs On Sunday (July 3rd) Adele opened up about her musical history and how she got started writing her debut single ‘Hometown Glory’ as a teenager.

“I was with my girlfriend Olivia at the time, and my mother and we were at the flat in West Norwood and we went to the anti-Iraq war march, down to Parliament the next day,” she told Lauren Laverne.

“We made our signs and I felt such a sense of power in it. Me and Olivia were about 15, 16 and we went and I was just mesmerized by everyone. I really took it all in.”

She continued: “That night when we came back and I got home, I wrote it. It was very profound and I was very proud to walk those streets with a million other people.”

Adele described the song as “the first real track I wrote”.

An estimated one million people took to the streets of London in February 2003 to protest the war in Iraq. At the time, it was claimed that the march was the largest political demonstration in the city’s history.

Elsewhere in the interview, Adele spoke about the decision to postpone her stay in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Although Adele described the reaction to the news as “brutal”, she said behind-the-scenes work is being done to get the show up and running and that she “stands by” the decision to cancel it.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/adele-hometown-glory-iraq-war-protest-desert-island-discs-b2114724.html Adele says her “profound” experience at the 2003 Iraq War protests inspired her first song, Hometown Glory: “I felt such a sense of power.”

JOE HERNANDEZ

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