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Van to play extra Cyrus Avenue show to celebrate 70th birthday

By Amanda Ferguson

Van the Man fans - it's time to rejoice.

Everyone's favourite singer-songwriter has agreed to a second Cyprus Avenue gig following overwhelming demand for tickets.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed in February that Van Morrison would take to a stage on the tree-lined east Belfast street made famous by his 1968 album Astral Weeks.

Tickets for the EastSide Arts Festival 3pm event sold out in minutes, with interest from music fans right across the globe.

The 69-year-old has now signed up for a second performance at 6pm on August 31, which marks his 70th birthday.

A statement from organisers said: "A further show has been announced as part of the Live on Cyprus Avenue performance taking place on the August 31.

"Van will perform another show at 6pm with tickets on sale Wednesday, April 22 at 9am."

The gigs have been billed as "unique, once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed" experiences. East Belfast Partnership chief executive Maurice Kinkead said: "We are delighted to announce a second performance of Van Morrison on Cyprus Avenue as part of the EastSide Arts Festival.

"The demand for tickets has been phenomenal, particularly internationally. Our ticketing partner Visit Belfast sold out the first performance within minutes and we expect the same high demand for this second performance. We really appreciate that Van Morrison has agreed to a second performance, especially as it is his 70th birthday

"There will be no further performances added so I would advise you to get your tickets for Van Morrison Live on Cyprus Avenue as soon as you can. There is no doubt that this will be a truly wonderful day. Make sure you don't miss it."

Tickets for the second Live on Cyprus Avenue show are available on April 22 from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre or its website. For more information please visit

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