- 01 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 last night's special edition of 'Rave On, Van Morrison' to mark Van's Big Day, featuring performances from President Michael D. Higgins, Hozier, Glen Hansard, Bob Geldof, and more, we're thrilled to reveal this week's line-up!
Over the course of this YouTube extravaganza, celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, you can expect even more covers of the legendary songwriter's remarkable songs 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:
- Tues Sept 1, The Academic Glad Tidings (7pm); Papenfus Fair Play (8pm)
- Wed Sept 2, SOAK Beside You (7pm); The Ocelots Give Me A Kiss (8pm)
- Thurs Sept 3, Lyra A New Kind Of Man (7pm); Ryan Sheridan When The Leaves Come Falling Down (8pm)
- Fri Sept 4, Cathal Coughlan Come Here My Love (7pm); Brand New Friend Wonderful Remark (8pm)
- Sat Sept 5, Dea Matrona Gloria (7pm); Therapy? Gloria (8pm)
- Sun Sept, 6, Jealous Of The Birds Saint Dominic's Preview (7pm); Kaz Hawkins Full Force Gale
Hot Press is also publishing 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.