Hozier with Hudson Taylor at The Wiltern
I had the honor of seeing Hozier at the famous Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA last Wednesday.
The show was nothing short of euphoric and it all started with the opening act, Irish-folk pop group Hudson Taylor. Now, I’m usually not a fan of opening acts and use the set as a time to buy merchandise and/or run to the restroom before the main act starts…but after listening to the first half of the first song, that was all I needed to be convinced to stay through the entire set.
Hudson Taylor is composed of two brothers, Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor. The folk duo sang their hits Run With Me and Old Soul. The entire set was a dream to witness and had the crowd even more pumped for the man of the hour, Hozier.
The Irish native singer took the stage opening with a breathtaking performance From Eden, a song from his debut self-titled album. He then took off with a banger Angel Of Small Death and the Codeine Scene. Which really got the crowd up and going. Hozier had a full house band including keys, drum, bass, guitar and even a mini string set. The singer then really cranked up the volume with the title track from his EP, Nina Cried Power, followed by Moment’s Silence. The entire set felt like a religious experience to witness and my soul definitely left my body during Real People Do. Of course the show’s pre-encore was none other than his worldwide hit, Take Me To Church and closed the entire show by performing my personal favorite song, Work Song.
If you ever get a chance to see Hozier or Hudson Taylor in concert I highly recommend it. Their sets were far from flashy and distracting, and it felt like I was sitting at an intimate live session. If I could I would definitely drive through LA traffic to experience this show again.