Ahead of opening his UK tour with a sold-out show at Symphony Hall, Hozier joined local musician, James Attwood, for a look around the world-class venue’s foyer redevelopment.
The £13.2 million transformation will create a performance space for talented local artists to have even more opportunities to perform as part of a daily programme of free and affordable performances in the heart of Birmingham.
21-year-old guitarist James performs as part of the unsigned indie pop duo, Hunger Moon. Some of their first performances in bars across the city included four Hozier covers, including Someone New and Cherry Wine.
Hozier first rose to prominence following the release of his globally successful, triple platinum single Take Me To Church, the video for which has been viewed over 250 million times on YouTube. The track was nominated for ‘Song Of The Year’ at the 2015 Grammy Awards, won ‘Song Of The Year’ at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, won ‘Song Of The Year’ at the 2015 BBC Music Awards and won ‘Top Rock Song’ at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, where Hozier also won ‘Top Rock Artist’. Take Me To Church has sold 2.23 million copies in the UK to date. Hozier also saw great success with Someone New, which went gold and Cherry Wine and From Eden both being certified silver.
Wasteland, Baby! is the follow up to Hozier’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which has now amassed over 2.1 billion streams on Spotify alone. The album has sold over 850 thousand copies in the UK, going platinum in the process, while the record has sold 4.4 million copies worldwide. Hozier’s total, global streams now stand at 4.5 billion, and he received a nomination for ‘Best International Male’ at the 2015 Brit Awards.
I’ve been fortunate enough to experience all aspects of Town Hall Symphony Hall since being introduced into the organisation as part of their young people's music program in 2017. As part of Project Sound Lounge, I curated a line-up of exciting local music acts for a one-day music festival in Birmingham's iconic Town Hall. I was invited to return the following year to oversee the project, in the paid role of Project Fellow. The 2018 festival once again was a great success and saw us attract national touring acts to the Birmingham venue. This led me to another paid role within the organisation, this time redeveloping and launching the Project Sound Lounge programme as 360, aimed at young people like me, who want to be the next generation of musicians, artist managers, music programmers, event producers and music promoters – all in need of a platform and experience to get started in the industry. THSH has allowed me to do just this.Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, James Attwood
The Making an Entrance project is a major transformation of Symphony Hall’s public foyer areas. In addition to a state-of-the-art foyer performance space, there will be dedicated spaces able to host learning and participation projects, and a richer and more welcoming experience including an enhanced food and beverage offer, refurbished toilets, additional disabled WCs and a Space to Change facility.
We currently reach over 18,000 people with our learning and community programme and over the coming years we will be able to reach thousands more in the transformed spaces that this project will create. As significant cuts are made to music tuition in our region’s schools, this transformation will support local talent by providing an enhanced space for people to be musically creative.Nick Reed, Chief Executive for Town Hall Symphony Hall