|Thu 5 Nov 2015, 8:00pm–11:55pm|
“Take Me to Church” singer debuts in New Zealand this November
Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne has the world at his feet with his smash hit “Take Me To Church”.
Hozier announces his ever first New Zealand show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on 5 November 2015.
The 25 year-old from County Wicklow only released his self-titled debut album last year but the success of “Take Me to Church” has seen his passionate, roots-based sound take off around the world. The Grammy nominated single was 2014’s most viral track on Spotify and has turned Hozier into a worldwide sensation.
The album and world tour that has followed have revealed an artist of consummate depth. In the grand tradition of soulful Irishmen that stretches back to Van Morrison, Hozier is a reminder of the power of lyrics to both sound and read like poetry to help you realise just what you are missing out on the rest of the time.
When those lyrics are set to music that balances burning indignation with lilting tenderness, and delivered in a voice imbued with the spiritual passion and yearning of gospel and the blues, you figure you’ve chanced upon something pretty special. And so it is with Hozier.
Hozier’s emotional, socially conscious stories – “Church” is a clear challenge to the Catholic church’s stance on homosexuality – are packed into a sound that Rolling Stone said ‘channelled Van Morrison’s Celtic R&B, Southern soul and Black Keys-style garage blues into intimately roiling songs’.
This first chance to see Hozier in New Zealand already promises to be the beginning of a compelling career.
with support from Rhodes (UK)
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