Monday 21 October 2019

Hozier stars but Stormzy steals show at Glastonbury

Hozier performs live at SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on May 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
Hozier performs live at SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on May 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Hozier has a knack for turning a song into a political anthem but the Wicklow singer has said he doesn't do it deliberately - it just happens.

Speaking at Glastonbury to Laura Whitmore on her BBC Five Live radio show, he said that art is rarely "apolitical".

He said that it is "no harm" that sometimes lyrics can make people in power feel "uncomfortable".

"You're writing what you care about. I don't volunteer a lot of opinions but I do find that people find something in the song and I get asked a lot of serious questions and I answer them in good faith," he told her.

"For me, we all experience the good and the bad in the world... I think you have a responsibility in your work to be honest about how you experience the world and that is its good and its bad and its concerns, anxieties and what causes those anxieties.

"Whether the music is political or not, I don't think art can be apolitical. I don't think art can be without politics.

"It concerns the story of people and it concerns some political dimension in some way, shape or form."

And if you're talking about some institutionalised power and the decisions... and the mismanagement by somebody within institutionalised power - the consequences of which are something we all suffer, and the consequences we all see - that's real and that's actual.

"There is absolutely nothing wrong. Sometimes it can be a good thing to make people in that power uncomfortable, there is no harm in that," he added.

Hozier (29), played at Worthy Farm on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Stormzy has shared screenshots of text messages from his mother after his history-making headline set at the legendary music festival. On Friday night, the grime star became the first black British solo artist to headline the festival in its 49-year history.

The London-born star described his slot on the Pyramid stage as "the greatest night of my entire life".

He tweeted a grab of messages he received from his mother, which read: "Good morning my hero you made me so so proud, you've made me a very proud mum never forget that, the phone calls texts messages was so overwhelming, I just want to see you and hug you. And also I am going to dance for you at church."

She added the praise hands emoji.

Festival organiser Emily Eavis said she was bowled over by Stormzy's performance, saying: "I am speechless; that gig was incredible. It was a huge moment for us, up there with the all-time greatest Glastonbury performances."


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