Adele FOMO? Not for these stars

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Sunday, 26 March 2017, 10:51PM
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Photos / Instagram

If you happened to take a casual flick through your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feeds over the weekend, chances are you were probably bombarded with many variations of the same photo: a giant screen displaying a photo of Adele's closed eyes.

Yes, most of Auckland attended one (or more) of Adele's three concerts at Mt Smart Stadium, with almost all of those people choosing to mark the occasion by uploading a picture similar to the one Toni Street has demonstrated for us below.


#teamadele Yes we all got t.shirts PRE show! #slightlyexcited

A post shared by Toni Street (@tonimstreet) on Mar 25, 2017 at 10:59pm PDT


For those who didn’t head along to one of the sold-out shows, this barrage of photos incited vague annoyance in some – and extreme FOMO in others.

But not everybody in town spent their evenings singing along to Adele's greatest hits. These stars kicked FOMO to the kerb and made the most of their Adele-free weekend.

Hanging with Sir Richard Branson

Adele wasn’t the only famous Brit visiting Auckland this weekend, with entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson also in town for his own event at Vector Arena last night.

But before that, he spent his Saturday night partying with some of New Zealand’s famous faces at Seafarers Members' Club in Britomart.

Those who got to enjoy the billionaire's company included Rachel Hunter, Bret McKenzie, Hayley Holt and Samantha Hayes.

Paralympian Liam Malone certainly looked like he'd had his night made, posing with Branson (and one of Malone's crutches) at the party.



And All Black Beauden Barrett's partner, Hannah Laity, also got to enjoy Branson's attentions in what proved a memorable birthday dinner for her (and for Barrett – because how often do you get a fend to the face from a billionaire?)



Matilda Rice and Art Green

New Zealand's First Couple of Reality TV, Matilda Rice and Art Green, chose to spend their Saturday night at QBE Stadium in Albany, watching the Blues demolish the Bulls.

The duo marked Rice's first ever Super Rugby game with matching bucket hats and awkward posing.


Date night at the rugger with Art's awkward hand #uptheblues @superrugby

A post shared by Matilda Rice (@matootles) on Mar 24, 2017 at 11:24pm PDT


The couple then rounded out the weekend with a casual triathlon. As you do.



Teuila Blakely

Actress Teuila Blakely also had a big Saturday night, but not before rubbing shoulders with Prime Minister Bill English at the Pasifika Festival.


With the Prime Minister at Pasefika 🌺

A post shared by Teuila Blakely (@teuilablakely) on Mar 24, 2017 at 2:56pm PDT


Rachel Smalley

And after completing her hosting duties at Dunedin's ID Fashion week, Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley spent her weekend running the Otago Peninsula in preparation for her Boston Marathon effort next month.

According to her Instagram post, she hit the wall at the 31km mark and had to stop at a local dairy for a Coke, a pie and a chocolate bar.

Nice one.



Kate Hawkesby

Kate Hawkesby spent much of the weekend lamenting her lack of a ticket to one of Adele's shows.

She told her Instagram followers that she was resorting to eating gingerbread cookies meant for her daughter because that was how bad she felt about missing Thursday's concert.

Hawkesby also took a photo posing next to the traffic travelling to Adele's Saturday show, saying it was "virtually the same as being there".

But she finally caved to the FOMO last night and bought last minute tickets to Adele's final Auckland show – leaving herself an hour to get out of the house and "drive like a maniac to Mt Smart Stadium".

And she marked the occasion with – you guessed it – one of these photos.


A post shared by Kate Hawkesby (@katehawkesby) on Mar 25, 2017 at 11:13pm PDT