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Wednesday 20 November 2019

In-demand Hozier adds extra December Dublin date

Chart-topper Hozier. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Chart-topper Hozier. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Freya Ridings

Hozier will have a busy December after adding another Dublin date to his diary.

Fresh from his headline performance at Electric Picnic last weekend, it was announced yesterday that he will play the 3Arena for a second night, on December 11.

His gig in the capital venue as part of his Wasteland Baby! World Tour on December 10 is already sold out.

He will be joined in the 3Arena by special guest Freya Ridings, who has just released her debut album.

Hozier is currently on a sold-out tour of Europe, the US and Canada, including five shows at the London Palladium next month and five sold out shows at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in November.

The 29-year-old's debut studio album, Hozier, shot to number one following its release in October 2014 and includes the multi-platinum hit, Take Me To Church.

Last March, Hozier released his highly anticipated second album Wasteland Baby! and became the fourth Irish artist to score a number one album in the US as well as Ireland.

It was a homecoming of sorts for the singer as he headlined the main stage at Electric Picnic last Friday.

Thousands of revellers made a beeline for the main stage to watch his performance, which was much more publicised than his stint at EP last year when he surprised fans with a special duet with Mavis Staples.

Freak

Asked recently if he felt the weight of expectation on his shoulders difficult to bear, Hozier said: "Obviously you have to contend with that, especially after a charting hit, Take Me To Church.

"That was a kind of crossover hit in the charts, a bit of a freak occurrence."

He added that he handles fame by "throwing on a scarf and a hat and a pair of glasses".

"I can disappear fairly quickly," he said.

Tickets for the 3Arena gig on December 11 are available via Ticketmaster from €39.90.

Meanwhile, X Factor winner James Arthur has announced a nationwide UK and Ireland arena tour kicking off in the 3Arena on Monday, March 2.

Tickets go on sale at 10am next Friday from Ticketmaster.

Arthur enjoyed a stint in Croke Park in July when he supported Westlife during the Dublin leg of their reunion tour.

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