Making a huge step on the road back to normality after the pandemic, the legendary Van Morrison will play a series of concerts on the 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st of July 2021 in Belfast's iconic Ulster Hall. These will be the first concerts held at the venue since March 2020. Announcing the shows, Julia Corkey - Chief Executive of ICC Belfast, Waterfront Hall, and Ulster Hall said:
We are delighted that Van Morrison will take to the iconic Ulster Hall stage this summer. Visitor and staff safety is our number one priority. The team is finalising plans to welcome live audiences back and we are confidently planning for what promises to be a great schedule of concerts. We will continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure that live music fans have a safe and enjoyable experience that is fully compliant with any public health requirements.
Born in 1945, Van Morrison was inspired his shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country, and gospel early in life. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly, he was a travelling musician at 15 and singing, playing guitar, and saxophone in several bands before forming Them in 1964. The band enjoyed chart success with instant hits such as ‘Gloria’ and ‘Here Comes The Night’.
Since striking out on his own in 1967 with ‘Blowin’ Your Mind’, Morrison’s music has continued to span genres including rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, folk, and soul. Van’s songwriting and musicianship continues to evolve with new material and reinterpretation of older classics.
Limited tickets for Van Morrison at The Ulster Hall go on sale at 10am on Friday 28th May 2021 via The Ulster Hall.