In a twist none of us at Which Bingo expected, global superstar Adele, the gorgeous singer behind 16 Grammy wins, is planning to add some bingo to her future!
“Once my shows have finished, I want to do weekly activities with my friends in my house at home, right. An activity every week and I was like: ‘Oh my God! I should do bingo!”
Could this revelation be the key to unlocking a new chapter for bingo, particularly among her younger fans? Let’s see if Adele’s bingo plans might just be the winning ticket.
Chasing Pavements… Straight to the Bingo Halls
Adele doesn’t just belt out the hits; she’s got some heartwarming bingo memories tucked away too, fondly reminiscing about her family playing on Tuesdays and Thursdays back in the day.
“My grandmas and my aunties when I was younger would play bingo. I used to think they had a gambling problem, but turns out, it was more about socialising.”
Adele connecting bingo to socialising and emphasising the community aspects of the game—heading to the nearest bingo hall, playing with your nearest and dearest, sharing a fun experience with others—could be the jackpot for bringing her fans to bingo.
“So then I was like: ‘Oh maybe I can start actually doing it in real life’, but they’ve closed down. We used to have one called Gala Bingo.”
Her mentioning a brand which experienced a complete overhaul presents the idea that the world of bingo isn’t stuck in the past, but constantly evolving.
Online Bingo and Redefining Fun:
Adele’s wish to integrate bingo into her life could reflect a broader cultural shift in how people define fun and entertainment. By her reframing bingo as a social event rather than a game you play by yourself, Adele proves it’s never too late to reevaluate how you spend your time or what you enjoy doing.
This redefinition of fun could extend to online bingo platforms, especially given the younger generation’s love of exploring digital options. As the app-savvy generation seeks new new experiences, her influence could lead them to try online bingo sites, attracted by the social chat feature and thriving communities on social media. We might also see a surge in popularity among a younger demographic with more bingo sites sponsoring popular TV shows, like Tombola’s sponsorship of ‘I’m a Celeb’ and Mecca Bingo’s ‘Loose Women’.
In a way, Adele has performed the role of a bingo influencer, and we love that she’s realised what bingo fans have known all along—it’s a game for everyone, regardless of age. Bingo goes beyond generational boundaries and continuously reinvents itself over time to keep up with what’s trending.
Adele is lighting the spark for a new era for bingo—one that’s a mix of tradition (IRL bingo halls) and modern (online and app-based.) We hope Adele is the catalyst for igniting more interest and helps shake off the tired stereotype that bingo is only for the golden oldies, because actually, it’s about building connections and enjoying yourself, whether in a physical venue or the comfort of your own home.
And as she turns the bingo tables, it might just become the unexpected entertainment of choice this year and beyond, with the younger folk potentially leading the charge.
We can’t wait until she discovers the phenomenon of bingo raves! Maybe she could be Charlies next guest on the next series of Dabbing Out!