Bono, Hozier, Glen Hansard Perform on Dublin Street Corner for Charity [WATCH]
As part of his annual tradition, U2's Bono performed on the corner of Dublin, Ireland's Grafton Street on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), recruiting Hozier, Glen Hansard and a number of other performers to play in support of a local charity.
According to Rolling Stone, his year's event marks Bono's first since 2013 due to his horrid 2014 bicycle accident, which nixed his chances of successfully holding the performance last year. In addition to Hozier and Glen Hansard, Kodaline, the Script and more also cheerfully contributed to the tradition, which featured, separately, performances of U2's "Every Breaking Wave" and "When Love Comes to Town," as well as Hozier's unforgettable single, "Take Me to Church."
Proceeds from the outdoor acoustic performance will go to the Simon Community, a Dublin charity benefiting the homeless. The event has been ongoing since 2009, aside from last year as previously mentioned, with proceeds benefiting a different charity each year. Thanks to the band the Script, who busked at the event, you can view some of the evening's highlights via their Periscope.
At the end of the clip, although Bono and Hozier are not in sight, it appears that nearly all of the performers got together to sing The Pogues' "Fairytale Of New York," a Christmas classic that you'll certainly recognize as soon as you hear it.
Bono, along with his band U2, were less than 3 miles away from Le Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13 where Eagles of Death Metal was performing at the time the dreaded terrorist attacks took place that evening. They have since contributed to the victims and have been back to Paris to perform their rescheduled dates, even inviting Eagles of Death Metal on stage to perform with them, less than a month after the horrid event.