Bono, Hozier, Glen Hansard, The Script, The Coronas, and Kodaline were among the artists who performed for free on Grafton Street in Dublin on Christmas Eve 2015. An annual event started out by Oscar award-winning Hansard, all proceeds from the massively popular street show went to The Simon Community, a charity combatting homelessness, and the group plan to return this year to raise awareness for Home Sweet Home, an organization fighting on behalf of the homeless on the capital's streets and around the country.
Last Thursday, Hansard and Hozier were among the Irish stars to lend their support to Home Sweet Home, another organization working on behalf of the homeless in Ireland, in staging a takeover of a large empty office building owned by NAMA in the city center. Thirty-one homeless families have since moved into the building, an act criticized by the Minister for Housing Simon Coveney.
Speaking on popular Irish TV chat program The Late Late Show, however, Hansard called it an act of "civil disobedience", outlining how the group was acting to show their disgust at the homelessness crisis raging through the country.
We're sure that similar crowds will return this Christmas Eve to this unique event.
Last year, the U2 legend Bono and Hozier kicked off with Hozier’s huge hit “Take Me to the Church;” and followed with a U2 number.
The Grafton Street lollapalooza has become one of the highlights of the holiday season in Ireland and crowds began lining up in the late afternoon to find their places.
They were not disappointed. At 7pm local time, Bono, Hozier and the other musicians appeared.
The reaction on social media was amazing.
Bono and U2 also busked in Grand Central Station in May 2015 as part of a Jimmy Fallon stunt.
Bono and Hozier busking in Grafton Street pic.twitter.com/1UPXFpBDKN— Gianluca Avagnina (@GianlucAvagnina) December 24, 2015
*Main image by Gianluca Avagnina. See his full portfolio here.
**Originally published in December 2015.