by Brittney Corridean
The Electric Factory was filled to maximum capacity Saturday night as two very popular singers, George Ezra and Hozier, came to town to play a very amazing, one of a kind show. The crowd varied from babes to bearded hipsters to baby boomers; it was a different blend of people altogether and despite the nuances among the audience, there was a generally good rapport going between them.
Both musicians have been hitting high on the charts these days. For those of you who wanted to be there and couldn’t get your hands on some very sold out tickets, I truly do feel for you. There wasn’t much room to move around the venue, but somehow certain show goers still found their way to dance and move along with the upbeat, catchy tunes of Mr. George Ezra.
Ezra opened the night with “Cassy O” and right away it was visible that the drummer was stationed to the left front of the stage instead of the regular middle setting with big bold letters “GEORGE EZRA” on the bass drum display.
Everyone in the four piece band had on flannels but Ezra rocked a pocketed long sleeved t-shirt that went with his carefree attitude. He seemed in good spirits and noted how much he was enjoying his time in Philadelphia; all while speaking in his very distinct British accent. Of course, this had the majority of girls swooned from the start. It didn’t take much to get the crowd in an uproar the entire night.
He then went on to play “Listen to the Man” and it must be noted that he sounds identical to his recordings when performing live. Ezra is truly a great artist to see in person. He even went a capella for one song where just his voice just bounced around the place and found it’s way to your ears. Ezra wrapped up with the romantic and heartwarming song “Budapest”.
Hozier then took over the stage wearing a flattering man bun and flannel shirt with a black leather jacket. He was accompanied by a seven-piece band with a female playing the guitar/tambourine/keyboards. He also had two backup singers with him that were harmonious and energetic during the entire performance.
For some songs, they used a heavier bass that went so well with his deep, soulful voice. Hozier performed “Take me to Church”, “From Eden”, “Angel of Small Death” and surprisingly pulled out an Ariana Grande cover, “One Less Problem”, which was both playful and phenomenal.
Once the show ended, people were still cheering and chattering about how great of a performance it was. George Ezra and Hozier really did complement one another perfectly. Though they both have relatively different sounds and rhythm to their music, both musicians can hold a terrific stage presence.