Tickets for second Cyprus Avenue gig go on sale this week

Van Morrison's Cyprus Avenue gigs marks the star's 70th birthday
Van Morrison's Cyprus Avenue gigs marks the star's 70th birthday

Van Morrison fans will get a second chance to hear the music legend perform on Cyprus Avenue when tickets for an additional outdoor concert go on sale in Belfast this week.

Earlier this year, a gig on the famous east Belfast thoroughfare was announced for August 31, to the delight of Morrison fans around the world.

Tree-lined Cyprus Avenue was described by the singer/songwriter as having a mystical quality and somewhere he could process his thoughts.

Although less than half a mile from the terrace house where Morrison spent his childhood, the affluent avenue with its large properties is in many ways a world away from the modest two-up two-downs in Hyndford Street.

The first of the two concerts - which has already sold out - will take place at 3pm with a stage being erected at the Beersbridge Road end of Cyprus Avenue.

One of Morrison’s most famous tracks was inspired by the avenue and shares its name.

Cyprus Avenue is also name-checked on the equally critically acclaimed Madame George from the same Astral Weeks album.

The second concert will begin at 6pm, with tickets on sale from the Visit Belfast centre in Donegall Square North from 9am on Wednesday – online from www.visit-belfast.com.

Maurice Kinkead of the East Belfast Partnership said: “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.”

Standing tickets cost £50 while seated tickets are £80.

Further details are available from visit www.eastsidearts.net.