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Van Morrison was right: We need to fight to save live music

Larissa Nolan


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One voice: Van Morrison has spoken out about the resumption of live music

One voice: Van Morrison has spoken out about the resumption of live music

One voice: Van Morrison has spoken out about the resumption of live music

I think it was the depressing pictures of the first socially-distanced 'gig' that did it. Or maybe the tightening of restrictions that confirmed we were drifting further away from the return of live music, instead of getting any closer.

It could have been Van Morrison - with the fearlessness of age - being the only one brave enough to voice what so many of us who adore music are feeling inside.

All I know is I was watching a YouTube video of The Strokes playing Oxegen in 2006 and it broke me. I was hit by grief for this unique, euphoric experience that transports those in its thrall to a higher plane.