Wednesday 25 April 2018

Hozier plays last official gig to home crowd at 3Arena but might pop up on Grafton Street with Bono

Elaine McCahill

He’s taking a much-deserved break in the new year, but Hozier has promised his fans he won’t be gone for too long.

The Bray native saw his profile soar this year, thanks to his No1 hit, Take Me To Church.

The 25-year-old has been touring solidly for 18 months, and his performance at the 2fm Xmas Ball in aid of the ISPCC was his last Irish gig for the foreseeable future.

“I haven’t had a chance to play to Irish audiences as much as I’d like, so it was great to perform for a home crowd for such a great cause,” Hozier told the Herald.

“I get very itchy when I have some time off. I’ve been dying to make new music for some time, so I don’t want to leave it that long.

“The next album will be recorded next year and I’d like to travel when I have free time and draw from that experience for my new songs.

Gavin James
Gavin James

“I’ve been fortunate that my first album was a commercial success, and I’m going to trust my instincts on the next one.”

The bill for last night’s gig was a Who’s Who of the Irish music scene and included The Coronas, Hudson Taylor, Little Green Cars, The Rip Tide Movement and Gavin James.

Dubliner Gavin has also had incredible success this year, from supporting Sam Smith on his US tour to performing at Croke Park with Ed Sheeran during the summer.

“Working with Sam was brilliant. We played Red Rocks in Colorado which is a natural amphitheatre and that was incredible,” he said.

“What I’m really excited about next year is performing at the Olympia in January.

“When I was growing up it was the only venue where you could see bands if you were under 18, so it’s very cool to be playing a few nights there – that was the dream.”

The Irish bands rocked the 3Arena and also sang a performance of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled if you’re around Grafton Street tomorrow as Hozier refused to rule out a bit of festive busking with Bono.

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