Bluesy troubadour of the moment Hozier, whose breakthrough hit Take Me To Church made his name on the music scene on both sides of the Atlantic, has confirmed a headline spot at Belsonic at Belfast’s Custom House Square on August 24.
The Bray-born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released his self-titled debut album in September 2014, following the anti-homophobia message of his startling first EP, which also sharply critiques the hypocrisy and failings of organised religion and reached the top spot in 12 countries on its release, with such poetic and sonically beautiful songs as From Eden, Work Song and Someone New.
The Grammy-nominated 25-year-old, who famously performed Take Me To Church alongside Annie Lennox at the annual American awards show, dropped out of Trinity College Dublin after his first year to sign a deal with Universal Ireland. And since then he has perfected a soulful, thoughtful style of songwriting set to music that is heavily infused with bluesy spirit - the musician grew up on a diet of the blues, from Chicago and Delta blues to the Lomax Field recordings, and has been inspired by singers such as the inimitable Tom Waits, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Upon its release the singer’s debut album rocketed to number two in the US charts, making Andrew Hozier Byrne firmly a musical force to be reckoned with.
Tickets for the gig at Custom House Square go on sale tomorrow (July 24) via Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
This rare Irish headline show will be a relatively intimate one for one of the most in-demand live acts of the moment.
Hozier commented: “I’m thrilled to be returning to Belfast to play Belsonic festival this summer. It’s a rare treat to get to perform so close to home, I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Hozier will be joined by supporting acts Little Green Cars & Wyvern Lingo.
The addition of Hozier completes the 2015 Belsonic line-up. He joins Rudimental and Duke Dumont who perform on August 15, followed by the wonderfully eclectic Paloma Faith and guests on August 20, Welsh rockers The Sterophonics supported by The Coronas on August 21, Above & Beyond plus Fehrplay and Lane 8 on August 22 and Bastille plus Echosmith and Mini Mansions on August 25 and All Time Low supported by twenty one pilots on August 26, 2015.
l Hozier, Belsonic, August 24. Tickets on sale from tomorrow (July 24) at 9am via Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Remaining tickets for all other Belsonic shows are on-sale now.