- 01 Sep 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, The Academic perform 'Glad Tidings', and share their reflections on Van's music.
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.
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"We always fancied a go at one of his up tempo early 70s tracks! We felt songs like 'Caravan' and 'Come Running' could really suit our live energy, but 'Glad Tidings' was the final decision. The band also happens to be full of The Sopranos enthusiasts. We won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but 'Glad Tidings' is one of the best music moments in the entire series."
Read more in the new Van Morrison Special Issue of Hot Press, and watch The Academic perform 'Glad Tidings' below:
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.