UTV: Hozier ‘absolutely thrilled’ to play BelsonicMUSIC
25 Aug 2015
24th August, 2015
Irish singer Hozier was the latest act to take to the stage at Custom House Square on Monday night, telling the excited audience he was “absolutely thrilled” to be playing at the Belsonic festival.
The Co Wicklow star arrived on stage for the sold out concert in the city centre, telling the cheering crowd: “It’s very good to see you here tonight Belfast.”
The singer took the time to thank his support acts for the evening, Dublin band Little Green Cars and Wyvern Lingo, who, just like Hozier, hail from the town of Bray.
Heading straight into his very laid back set, Hozier performed songs from his self-titled debut album, with many in the audience happy to hear ‘To Be Alone’, ‘From Eden’ and ‘Someone New’ thrown into the mix.
The hour and a half set showcased perfectly the faultless voice that has made Hozier an international star this past year, and reminded the Belfast audience how lucky they were to see him perform live just as he is no doubt about to rise to the dizzying heights of stardom.
Before performing the hauntingly beautiful ‘Take Me To Church’, the singer said: “Thank you so much for being here with me tonight, it is an absolute thrill to play for you Belfast.”
All too quickly Hozier had finished his set for the evening, but was kind enough to give the crowd an encore which included the hit ‘Cherry Wine’ and an unexpected, but strangely brilliant, rendition of Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’.
“This is just for fun,” he warned the crowd. “This is decidedly not my song, but we do for fun”
Before performing his final song of the evening, the singer introduced his backing band to the audience and invited his support acts back on to the stage as they all sang a rendition of ‘Work Song’.
Hozier’s appearance on the Belsonic stage was preceded this week by Rudimental, Paloma Faith, Stereophonics and Above & Beyond.
Photos by Gerry McNally