A Night of Sweet Music with Hozier at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

May 25th, 2024 – In the heart of spring, on a warm May evening, Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ, was transformed into a sanctuary of soulful melodies and electrifying energy as Hozier took to the stage. Fans from all walks of life gathered, eager to witness the enchanting magic of his music, and Hozier did not disappoint with one of the best performances we’ve seen at the venue so far this year.

Photos by Keith Baker (@avgjoe_photo) , Article by @a.j.kinney

As the sun began to set, the anticipation in the air was incredible, as with any 22,000 person sold out show at FMP. The opening acts, carefully chosen to complement Hozier’s eclectic style, set the tone for the evening (more on a special collab later). However, it was clear that the audience was saving their full enthusiasm for the main event. When the lights dimmed and Hozier’s silhouette appeared, the pavilion erupted in applause and cheers, as a wave of collective excitement washed over the crowd.

Hozier opened the concert with “De Selby (Part 1 & 2),” a powerful set of tracks from the second disc of his latest double album. His deep, resonant voice carried through the venue, capturing the essence of the song’s haunting lyrics and setting the stage for an unforgettable night. The band, flawless in their execution, provided a rich, layered sound that complemented Hozier’s vocals perfectly.

Transitioning seamlessly between new hits and beloved classics, Hozier’s setlist was a masterful blend. Songs like “Too Sweet”, and “Take Me to Church” evoked a nostalgic reverence from the crowd, with thousands of voices joining in unison.

The emotional intensity was tangible, particularly toward the end of his set during “Movement,” where Hozier’s dynamic range and soulful expression was on full display.

One of the standout moments of the evening was Hozier’s rendition of “Almost (Sweet Music).” The upbeat tempo and jazzy undertones had the entire pavilion swaying and dancing, creating a joyous and communal atmosphere. Hozier’s rapport with the audience was genuine and heartfelt; his gratitude for their support was evident in his every word and gesture.

Midway through the concert, Hozier took a moment to address the crowd, sharing personal anecdotes and the inspirations behind his music. This connection was further deepened when he performed “Nina Cried Power” during the encore, a tribute to the power of protest songs and the artists who inspired him. The energy in the pavilion surged, the audience resonating with the song’s powerful message.

As the night drew to a close, Hozier treated his fans to an encore that left everyone in awe. A secret stage had been setup earlier in the day unbeknownst to everyone in attendance and he was able to get up close and personal with those farther back in the crowd.

First an acoustic rendition of “Cherry Wine”, followed by previously mentioned “Nina Cried Power” all certified fan favorites before finishing with “Work Song”. One of Hozier’s most popular tracks was the perfect choice to end the evening (featuring opening artists Allison Russell), its gospel-tinged melody bringing the concert to a soulful and poignant conclusion. The crowd, though reluctant to leave, was filled with a sense of fulfillment and joy, having witnessed an artist truly at the peak of his craft.

The production quality of the concert was top-notch, with stunning visuals and lighting that enhanced the emotional depth of each song. This was some of the best stage production we’ve seen in recent memory at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion. The acoustics of the Pavilion were impeccable, ensuring that every note, every chord, and every lyric was delivered with crystal clarity.

Hozier’s performance was nothing short of spectacular and I am certain everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed his performance just after a long holiday weekend. His ability to weave together powerful storytelling, captivating music, and an intimate connection with an audience is what makes his concerts truly special. If you ever have the chance to see Hozier live, we highly recommend it as his concerts are an experience not to be missed.

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