- 01 Sep 20
The Academic and Papenfus' performances for Van Morrison's 75th birthday celebration are going live tonight.
Following last night's special edition of 'Rave On, Van Morrison', we're bringing you more back-to-back Van covers – with The Academic performing 'Glad Tidings', followed by Papenfus performing 'Fair Play'.
Over the course of the YouTube event, celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, you can expect even more renditions of his remarkable songs from some of the most iconic names in the country.
Since forming in Co. Westmeath in 2013, The Academic have become one of the country's most acclaimed indie-rock acts. Their highly anticipated debut studio album, Tales From The Backseat, debuted at No.1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart in 2018, and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Prize in 2019.
Formerly known as Relish, brothers Ken and Carl recently relaunched as Papenfus. Under their previous moniker the Downpatrick act released a string of acclaimed albums, collaborated with Sinéad O'Connor, and have been championed by the likes of Paul Weller, Brian May and U2's Larry Mullen Jr.
The Academic's performance of 'Glad Tidings' (7pm Irish Standard Time) and Papenfus' performance of 'Fair Play' (8pm) premiere tonight, September 1, on the Hot Press YouTube channel.
See the schedule for the upcoming performances on '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.