Hozier announces UK & Ireland dates as part of European tour

Hozier announces UK & Ireland dates as part of European tour

GRAMMY nominated Irish musician Hozier has announced that he will embark on a short tour of the UK and Ireland this December.

The Wicklow native will visit Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Dublin, Belfast and Killarney in the lead up to Christmas.

The dates are as follows:

6 December - Manchester O2 Apollo
7 December - Glasgow O2 Academy
9 December - Birmingham O2 Academy
11 December - London Eventim Apollo

15, 16, 17 December - Dublin Olympia Theatre

19 December - Belfast Ulster Hall

20 December - Killarney INEC

Earlier this month, Hozier - real name Andrew Byrne - released his first collection of music in four years with the highly-anticipated EP Nina Cried Power.

The 'Take Me To Church' singer released a video for the title track last week, which featured several prominent Irish activists.

The EP has been receiving rave reviews since its release and features vocals from the iconic Mavis Staples on the title track, 'Nina Cried Power'.

Speaking about the song, Hozier said: “The song was written sometime last year, my aim was to credit the actuality of hope, solidarity and love found in the human spirit at a time when their opposites were being given a mainstream platform 24/7.

"The song started as a tongue-in-cheek inquiry into modern popular language regarding political awareness and grew from there. In many ways the song is a thank you note to the legacy of artists from the 20th Century whose work still inspires us, and whose well we draw from in times of uncertainty.

"Mavis Staples is one such artist. Getting to work with her on this song was a joy, and nothing short of a dream come true.”

Tickets for the upcoming UK and Ireland dates go on sale this Friday 21 September at 9am.