Hozier Performs to SOLD OUT Crowd At Syracuse Amphitheater

Photos and Review by Rebecca Clark

On May 21st, Hozier performed to a sold-out crowd at the Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview in Syracuse, NY. The anticipation was intense as fans eagerly awaited the evening’s performances, beginning with the opening act, Allison Russell.

Allison Russell set the tone for the night with her indie and organic vibe. Her performance was deeply emotional, particularly when she played the clarinet for one of her songs. A highlight was when Hozier’s cello player, Larissa Maestro, joined her on stage. It was a special moment for the audience, as Larissa hails from nearby Ithaca, NY, adding a hometown touch to the show. Allison’s stage presence was captivating, her band’s smooth sound complementing her rich vocals. She even dazzled the crowd with her gorgeous dress.

Hozier’s entrance was nothing short of spectacular. The amphitheater was almost entirely dark as he started with “De Selby (Part 1)” and “De Selby (Part 2),” illuminated only by artistic lighting that created a mesmerizing effect. From the first note, it was clear why the Irish native had managed to sell out the venue. His powerful vocals and heartfelt delivery made each song an intimate experience, despite the large crowd.

The audience was invited to sing along with Hozier on “From Eden,” because he wanted to hear them sing. His ability to connect with his fans through his music was evident throughout the night. One standout moment was the performance of “Francesca,” which was even more moving live than on record. The live renditions of his songs added a new depth to his music, enhancing the overall experience.

During “Too Sweet,” Hozier expressed his gratitude to his fans for making it a hit, and the crowd responded with enthusiasm. The duet with Allison Russell on “Wildflower and Barley” showcased their harmonious voices and was a true highlight of the evening. Hozier’s frequent interactions with the audience made the large amphitheater feel like an intimate setting.

The concert was punctuated by moments of advocacy and support. During “Take Me to Church,” Hozier spoke passionately about equal rights and his support for the LGBTIQQ community, a sentiment echoed by the crowd. The collective sing-alongs throughout the night added to the powerful atmosphere.

For the encore, Hozier surprised the audience by performing “Cherry Wine” acoustically in the middle of the amphitheater, near the soundboard. This intimate moment was followed Hozier returning to the stage to perform an Irish folk song, “The Parting Glass,” which he dedicated to recent SU graduates. These fans held signs up asking him to perform it for them. Hozier’s attention to his fans showcased his genuine care for his fans. His heartfelt thanks extended to his band and crew, emphasizing his gratitude for their contributions to the show.

The concert concluded with “Nina Cried Power,” featuring Melissa McMillan, and the final song, “Work Song,” brought Allison Russell back on stage. Hozier’s live performance was an unforgettable experience, characterized by his humility, vocal strength, and deep connection with the audience. If you have the chance to see Hozier live, don’t miss it—you will cherish every moment.

Hozier Setlist:

De Selby (Part 1)
De Selby (Part 2)
Jackie and Wilson
To Be Alone
Dinner & Diatribes
It Will Come Back
From Eden (Acoustic)
I, Carrion (Icarian)
Wildflower and Barley (with Allison Russell)
Would That I
Too Sweet
Almost (Sweet Music)
Eat Your Young
Take Me to Church
Cherry Wine (Acoustic)
Nina Cried Power (with Melissa McMillian)
The Parting Glass (Cover of Irish Folk Song dedicated to SU Grads)
Work Song (with Allison Russell)

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