Electric highs: Hozier - a set for the festival goosebump generation

A view from above as Hozier is welcomed home by the biggest crowd of the weekend. Video: Sky Tec Ireland

Artist: Hozier

Venue: Main Stage

Date Reviewed: August 30th, 2014

A few people think Hozier is on the edge of something great. But most know that has already happened. Hozier’s live development is a treat to watch, but this Saturday early evening gig was simply sublime.

Drawing the biggest crowd of the festival so far, whoops went up for every track from an album that isn’t even released yet. Friends raised each other on their shoulders, couples snogged, the brilliant lyrics from Take Me To Church, Sedated and From Eden were sung in unison.

There was something happening in the main arena as songs reminiscent of Van Morrison floated through the air. People talk about festival moments, but this was festival goosebumps. Although Take Me To Church still doesn’t pummel as intensely live as it does recorded, the crowds hollering “Amen” were very much worshipping at this young man’s altar.

In three word: Something special unfolding