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Hozier @ Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

CONCERT REVIEW: Hozier Soars To New Heights During Captivating Amsterdam Show

In a tremendous display of musical excellence, Hozier transcended his already soaring popularity in The Netherlands, captivating a massive audience of 17,000 at the illustrious Ziggo Dome. It was a monumental leap from his previous performances in the country, which had seen him command stages before 6,000 fans at the AFAS Live. This exponential growth in his fan base over the past few years attested to the undeniable charisma and musical brilliance that define Hozier’s artistry.

The evening promised an extraordinary experience from the outset, with a last-minute switch in the support act that saw the talented Birdy taking the stage. Despite the challenge of limited preparation time, Birdy’s performance was nothing short of enchanting. Her ethereal voice and adept piano skills resonated through the venue, setting the stage perfectly for the main event.

As Hozier, flanked by his skilled band, emerged under the spotlight, a palpable energy coursed through the audience. From the opening chords, a symbiotic relationship formed between the artist and his fans. The crowd eagerly participated in sing-alongs, rhythmic clapping, and the iconic sea of flashlights that illuminated the arena during the soul-stirring rendition of among others “Icarus,” where Hozier, armed only with his guitar, delivered a poignant and stripped-down performance.

The concert unfolded like a carefully curated journey, seamlessly weaving through slower ballads and high-energy anthems. The backdrop, adorned with mesmerizing nature-inspired displays, added a visual layer to the sonic spectacle. Each song was a chapter in an evolving narrative, punctuated by Hozier’s soulful vocals and the collective heartbeat of thousands of fans.

Approaching the climax of the set, Hozier, in a gracious gesture, stepped back, allowing his band members to shine individually. Their musical interlude was met with thunderous applause, a testament to the collective talent that comprised the ensemble. As Hozier reemerged into the spotlight, the opening chords of “Take Me To Church” echoed through the arena, eliciting an enthusiastic response from the audience. This iconic track, a cornerstone of Hozier’s discography, had become an anthem for many, amassing a staggering 2.2 billion streams on Spotify alone.

The resounding applause that followed resonated with the enduring impact of Hozier’s music. It was a moment that underscored the timelessness of a song that had served as the gateway for countless fans into the world of Hozier. The magic of hearing an anthem of such magnitude being sung by 17.000 voices was a testament to the communal power of music.

As the final notes echoed through the venue, it was evident that Hozier had not merely performed; he had orchestrated an immersive and unforgettable experience. The success of the evening was a microcosm of Hozier’s broader trajectory, a trajectory that seems destined for even greater heights with the recent release of his new album, ‘Unreal Unearth.’

In the hearts and minds of the audience, the hope lingered — a hope that Hozier would soon grace The Netherlands with his musicality once again, forging new memories and further solidifying his place as a musical luminary. The night at the Ziggo Dome was not just a concert; it was a testament to the enduring power of an artist who, with each performance, etches his name deeper into the fabric of musical history.



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Glenn van den Bosch