This blogpost was originally published on sarahsahara.weebly.com and because many people enjoyed reading it on my blog, I will publish it here as well for people who have not read it. On my blog I publish one post each week on Sundays about concert, festival and travel experiences, favorite food spots around the world or me going to Berlin Fashion Week. I would appreciate you checking out my blog- maybe you will enjoy reading the different posts. But let’s get into my HOZIER TOUR REHEARSAL SHOW EXPERIENCE! (BTW there will be a lot of photos and some sneaky facts)
On September 2nd I was on my way to Dublin, Ireland to go see the tour rehearsal shows of Hozier. Somehow I managed to get tickets for his first and second show which got me pretty excited! In February 2016 I saw him for the first time in Berlin- that was the best concert I went to (until now). God if you think you’ve seen it all, go watch Hozier perform! You’re gonna have the time of your life!
On Monday, September 3rd, 2018 I got in queue at 1:30pm. Doors opened at 7pm. No, I wasn’t crazy. I wasn’t even the first in line. The perks of getting there super early were:
- You get to see the band arrive
- Maybe have a little chat with them
- Meet great people who will save your spot so you can go pee
- Listen to sound check
- And get to know Murt, Hozier’s guitar guy (and yes, he told me that Andrew basically has a different guitar for each song)
At 3pm the band arrived for sound check. Andrew arrived and then headed back to a coffee shop. When he came back the door was locked and no-one in the foyer of The Academy had a key. It was an awkward moment sitting there and being mesmerized by him and he just standing there and waiting. He looked at me a couple of times and I did the same not being able to speak. Finally someone arrived with the key. He smiled at me, I somehow managed to say “See you” and he went in.
There was a camera crew to film the crowd and the concert of night one. You can watch the video on Hozier’s official Instagram page and on YouTube. I’m appearing twice in that video which made me pretty happy. Doors opened at 7pm. Eve Belle was his support act and she started playing at 7:30pm. She had such a lovely voice. At 8:14pm someone of his crew placed the set lists on stage, one right in front of us. It did not take us long until we figured out the songs on the list. We were speculating what “N.F” meant (it’s “NFWMB”- Nothing Fucks With My Baby. & yes the song sounds as amazing as the title) when the man himself walked onstage!
- To Be Alone
- Nina Cried Power
- Jackie & Wilson
- From Eden
- Cherry Wine
- Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene
- Moment’s Silence (Common Tongue)
- Arsonist’s Lullaby
- Take Me To Church
- Like Real People Do
- Someone New
- Work Song
He wanted us to not record any new songs and to not see the show through the lens of a camera. Even though it was kinda hard I somehow managed to only film my two favorite songs “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene” and “Someone New” which have been released four years ago. He explained his new songs like “Shrike” and the bird story behind it and said “It’s kind of morbid but well, it’s a Hozier show, what else were you thinking?!”
He messed up “To Be Alone” and “Cherry Wine” a couple of times which was quite funny and somehow everyone appreciated these moments! Someone from the crowd had to tell him the lyrics of “Cherry Wine” at some point because he just couldn’t get it right. You can find the video where he forgets the words on YouTube. It’s called ‘Hozier forgets the words live dublin academy’. In the beginning he reminded us of that those shows were live rehearsals where anything could happen and we shouldn’t panic if something wasn’t going as planed.
On Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 I started queueing at 1:45pm. Luckily I arrived that early because sound check started one hour earlier that day. It was my last chance to speak to Andrew and I was brave enough to ask him for a photo. He signed my phone case as well. I was over the moon after that and was smiling the whole day!
The camera crew of night one was back for the second night and they recognized me from Monday. I got interviewed because I was right at the front of the queue for a second time! Hozier posted the video of the second night on Thursday on Instagram when I was at the airport on my way back to Berlin. It was so hard not to scream of pure joy because they put me in the video again this time with the interview!
At the end of the concert he was quite happy to tell the crowd that he will be returning to Ireland later this year. Everyone was excited and I’m so looking forward listening to his music live this year again. “Nina Cried Power” is an amazing EP with great songs that are so different but similar at the same time. They all make you feel like you are communicating with your lost sibling who knows every single thought and emotion of you. They will make you cry and laugh at the same time. And you will not get tired of them- ever! They will speak right to your soul and will empower you!
“Nina Cried Power” is out everywhere.