Van Morrison’s ‘less is more’ trend leads to Lisburn civic centre

Van Morrison is playing Lisburn civic centre next Monday
Van Morrison is playing Lisburn civic centre next Monday

In keeping with his tendency to play more intimate venues in recent years, Van Morrison will perform a one-off concert at Lisburn’s civic centre on Monday January 12.

The Island Centre gig – with a 400-seat capacity and ticket prices of £85 and £100 – follows his sold out ‘Lit Up Inside’ show at the Lyric Theatre on Monday night.

Joining the singer/songwriter on stage at the Lyric were renowned literary figures Michael Longley and Eamonn Hughes, for what was billed as a “celebration of the music and words” of the enduring performer.

Best-selling author Ian Rankin interviewed his musical hero on stage to open the show which has already played to critical acclaim in London and Dublin.

The Lyric event is being used to promote the book Lit Up Inside. Released in October last year, the book contains the lyrics from around one-third of the songs written by the Belfast-born musician during a career spanning 50 years.

On a memorable New Year’s Eve 2013 Morrison played one of his smallest crowds in living memory – at the 160-capacity Harp Bar in Belfast.

That most intimate of gigs followed a number of performances at unusual venues including Dunluce Castle, Castle Ward and several dinner and show packages at a number of Hastings Group hotels.