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Hozier: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, W12

Lisa Verrico, The Times, 2 February 2015

PERHAPS EVERY Hozier show now starts with the audience screaming for so long that the wild-haired Irishman has to wait awkwardly, a grin frozen to his face. Or perhaps there was a particularly high percentage of Irish fans in attendance. Either way, this gig — the first of two to sell out the Shepherds Bush Empire — began as a celebration and ended as a triumph.

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