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Van Morrison to headline Warrenpoint Blues on the Bay Festival

Van Morrison is set to play two headline shows at the Blues on the Bay Festival in Warrenpoint later this month.

The picturesque town will host the world’s leading blues and jazz performers from 25-30 May 2016.

The singer, who famously grew up in east Belfast, will headline the six day event and will play two very special concerts at Warrenpoint Town Hall on 29 May. The proceeds of both Van’s concerts will be donated to Southern Area Hospice Services.

The festival, sponsored by Diageo, attracts thousands of music loving tourists with many coming from across the world to attend the renowned festival.

There are over 90 free events taking place across the festival, with a range of international artists and those closer to home including Fermanagh’s very own Pat McManus, Belfast’s Rab McCullough and Crow Black Chicken.

Event Director, Ian Sands said: "There is something for everyone at the International Guinness ‘Blues on the Bay Festival, we are bringing together top class international jazz and blues performers and teaming this with our world renowned food and hospitality. Tourists coming to the event will be truly spoiled for choice, quality and good times."

Majella Gollogly from Southern Area Hospice Services said: “We are so pleased to have Van returning to the festival and his concerts in Warrenpoint will be a great boost both to raising the profile of the Hospice and raising dearly needed funds. Thank you once again to Van and his team and to festival chairperson Ian Sands for their incredible generosity."

Paul Callan, Diageo Northern Ireland, said: "At Diageo we are committed to playing our part in helping to expand Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality offering. We know our iconic drinks such as Guinness are loved by holiday makers and locals alike and this festival provides a great opportunity to welcome visitors from across the globe to a stunning setting.

"The International Guinness® Blues on the Bay Festival continues to grow from strength to strength and due to the high calibre of performers has established itself as a highlight of the entertainment calendar. A special thank you must also go to the bars in Warrenpoint for their help and continued support to Diageo and this event.  I for one can’t wait to see Van rocking Warrenpoint Town Hall once again."

The 18th International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival is supported by; Diageo Northern Ireland, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, The Quays Newry, WBR Chamber of Commerce and Tourism NI.

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