- 07 Sep 20
You can expect a star-studded selection of performers over the coming days, as our celebrations for Van Morrison's 75th birthday continue.
Following a series of spectacular performances over the past month, the conclusion of 'Rave On, Van Morrison' is drawing near! However, we still have an action-packed programme in store this week – with further details to be announced soon!
Over the course of this major YouTube event, celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, the legendary songwriter's remarkable songs have been celebrated with performances from some of the most iconic names in the country.
“Van Morrison is one of the most important and influential artists in modern music,” the founder and editor of Hot Press, Niall Stokes, said. "A true original, he has made extraordinary albums and written countless great songs in his long and illustrious career to date. As a result, he has been – and is – a wonderfully enduring inspiration for Irish musicians, songwriters and artists.
“On the occasion of his 75th birthday, we wanted to celebrate the joy that he and his music have created for so many, and to highlight the wonderful, timeless works of art he has created."
Take a look at the spectacular line-up for the next week of 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
- Mon Sept 7, Emma Langford Brand New day (7pm); Ailbhe Reddy I'll Be Your Lover Too (8pm)
- Tues Sept 8, Ultan Conlon Bulbs (7pm); Leslie Dowdall Philosopher's Stone (8pm)
- Wed Sept 9, Wookalily Wavelength (7pm); The Riptide Movement Brown Eyed Girl (8pm)
- Thurs Sept 10, Joy Crookes Madame George (7pm); Uly The Street Only Knew Your Name (8pm)
- Fri Sept 11, Eleanor McEvoy Songwriter (7pm); Jack Lukeman The Way Young Lovers Do (8pm)
- Sat Sept, 12, Ciaran Lavery Country Fair (7pm); PowPig Natalia
Hot Press has also published a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Hozier, Sinéad O’Connor, Gary Lightbody, Damien Rice, Imelda May and Damien Rice, as well as special homages from international artists Brandon Flowers, Steve Van Zandt and Matt Berninger. In addition, you'll find the highlights of our recent exclusive interview with Van – who discusses the Belfast he grew up in, ‘Gloria’, Jim Morrison, Lenny Bruce, the real inspiration for Astral Weeks and his extraordinary work as a songwriter.
This historic publication is a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to order now.