Van set for Down open air concert

Published Thursday, 14 February 2013
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Van Morrison is set to perform for the first time at a National Trust property, it has been announced.

Van set for Down open air concert
Van Morrison, during one of many performances, in his lengthy career. (© Getty)

The global star will take to the stage for an open air concert at Castle Ward, in Co Down. The performance is set to take place on Sunday 26 May as part of the three day festival at the 18th-century mansion.

It's part of a finale of weekend festivities in the Strangford Lough 'Lough Lively' celebration.

Belfast man Van's latest studio offering, in a career spanning five decades, is new album Born To Sing:No Plan B.

Van Morrison said: "This is my first concert at a National Trust property in Northern Ireland, and what better place to perform than the shores of Strangford Lough? The beautiful surroundings of Castle Ward should make it an extra special night and I'm really looking forward to being back in County Down."

Barbara Muhly, Property Manager for Castle Ward, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Van Morrison back to County Down and incredibly excited to host him at Castle Ward. He is an iconic performer and it will make for a special summer evening to have him perform at one of Northern Ireland's most beautiful places.

"He can be sure of a very warm welcome, and we might even give him some of our special Castle Ward honey to help prepare his voice for the gig! Visitors can also be sure of a great evening on the lawns of this incredibly special place. What more could you ask for to start your summer?"

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Kevino Kevinum in Belfast wrote (563 days ago):
Van should come and live in Northern Ireland - he seems to spend all his time doing gigs here on days like this.
jimmymac in canada wrote (563 days ago):
Sounds like a smashing show And Maybe he might the sing 'The Star of the County Down'. Van is loved in every place on Earth. Hope he enjoys the honey that might smooth over his voice,? but then again who cares, because Van... is the Man....
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