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Hozier Takes Fans to Church

The Unreal Unearth Tour Comes to Ameris Bank Amphitheater
DeAnna Mayfield
Hozier displays Pride flag during performance of “Take Me to Church”
Throughout the concert there were at least 10 guitar changes from acoustic to electric (DeAnna Mayfield )
The intricately designed backgrounds added to the experience of each song (DeAnna Mayfield )
Hozier’s music is inspired by many genres like Folk, Blues, and Soul (DeAnna Mayfield )
The band gives a final bow after the encore (DeAnna Mayfield )

Everything about the show went above and beyond my expectations.

— Michelle Robinson

Hozier, the renowned Irish singer-songwriter, recently embarked on a highly anticipated tour to support his third album, Unreal Unearth that topped Rock, Folk, and Alternative charts. He is captivating audiences worldwide with his soulful voice and thought-provoking lyrics.

Born Andrew Hozier-Byrne in County Wicklow, Ireland, Hozier rose to international fame with his breakout hit, “Take Me to Church,” in 2013. The song’s powerful lyrics, addressing religious and societal oppression, catapulted Hozier into the spotlight and established him as a voice for change. Since then, he has continued to release critically acclaimed music that tackles a range of social issues, including human rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and gender equality.

On Oct. 6, Hozier brought his incredibly talented band for performance to the sold-out show at Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Alpharetta opening with the haunting “De Shelby (Part1)” and “De Shelby (Part 2)”. The concert was a testament to Hozier’s ability to create an immersive experience that combines his musical talent with his commitment to social justice.

Throughout the evening, Hozier showcased his diverse discography, performing hits such as “Nina Cried Power,” “Movement,” and “Eat Your Young.” Each song resonated with the audience, as Hozier’s soulful voice and passionate delivery brought his lyrics to life. Ambient set scenes Hozier described in an interview were inspired by Dante Alighieri’s poem Inferno took the crowd on a journey through heaven and hell.

He easily shifted the atmosphere from calming falsetto to energized rock ballads like “Jackie and Wilson.” “He is one of the best performers I have ever seen live. His vocals, stage presence and guitar skills are so consistent. I love that he can blend genres like blues, rock, and gospel into his performances,” said Lacey Davis from Atlanta.

Beyond the music, he spoke passionately about the importance of equality, urging the audience to stand up against discrimination and injustice. Hozier’s words resonated deeply with concert-goers, who responded with resounding applause and cheers. “The audience went crazy when he brought out the Pride flag. The encore was incredible, everything about the show went above and beyond my expectations,” said Michelle Robinson from Alpharetta.

Hozier brought the band back to the stage for an encore performance of the duet “Work Song,” with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham. The show wrapped up with Hozier thanking his entire 52-member band as they bowed together across the stage. The Unreal Unearth tour will continue to the west coast of the U.S. ending in early November.

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