The annual busking tradition continued on Grafton St yesterday but instead of one or two artists surprising shoppers there were six. U2 frontman Bono was joined by Hozier, Glen Hansard, Kodaline, Ronan Keating and The Script on the shopping street and a huge crowd gathered to catch a glimpse.
Bono and Hozier busking in Grafton Street pic.twitter.com/1UPXFpBDKN
— Gianluca Avagnina (@GianlucAvagnina) December 24, 2015
Saw Bon o, Hozier, Imelda May, Glen Hansard, Ronan Keating and some of The Script and Kodaline busking on Grafton St pic.twitter.com/xYEDMATDPD
— Linda (@AuroraBelle2) December 24, 2015
A large crowd gathered to join in the sing-along outside Dunnes Stores, with many people taking to social media to post photographs and videos. Hozier kicked off proceedings with Take Me to Church followed by U2’s cover of When Love Comes to Town and then their song Every Breaking Wave from their latest Innocence + Experience album.
The artists performed to raise money for the Simon Community, a homeless charity which is a lifeline for many. Grafton Street holds many memories for Bono as his friends who were to become U2 and the Virgin Prunes constructed their make believe “Lipton Village” around it in the 70’s meeting on Saturdays in McDonalds before hanging out at the Dandelion Market on Stephen’s Green. Bono didn’t make the busl last year after he was injured in a bike accident in Central Park in New York but he is back this year, staying true to his roots.
When Love Comes To Town – Grafton Street Busking https://t.co/hjVtZbVmcO
— atu2 (@atu2) December 24, 2015
— Graham Baitson (@grahambaitson) December 24, 2015