Van the man set to headline City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival

Mon, 13/02/2012 - 11:04 -- Editor

Undesputed King of the Blues Van Morrison is set to take to the stage at the Millennium Forum as the headline act at City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival.

Van Morrison is without a doubt one of the most original recording artists in musical history. His live shows are always inspired and transcendental while some of his albums such as Astral Weeks, Moondance and It’s Too Late To Stop Now are widely viewed as among the best ever made. His songwriting has influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Bono, Damien Rice to Paolo Nutini, Elvis Costello to Jim Morrison. The list is endless.

Brown Eyed Girl, Madame George and Moondance were three of his songs that were included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Van Morrison has six Grammys and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Millennium Forum Chief Executive, David McLaughlin, said he was delighted to welcome an icon such as Mr Morrison to the city.

“We are delighted to welcome this iconic artist to our stage once again, as part of our ongoing commitment to bring the best in world class entertainment to the North West region," he said. "Van has performed in the City many times throughout the years to capacity audiences, so I’m sure that local fans will, once again, ensure that his gig at the Forum will be one of the highlights of this year’s Jazz Festival. I have no doubt that there will be a huge demand for tickets, so I would encourage everyone to book their seat early to avoid disappointment. Currently celebrating our 10th Anniversary Year, we can certainly look forward to many more acts of a similarly high calibre in the coming months.”

The Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney has welcomed news that Van Morrison is to headline the 2012 City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.

"This year’s festival is going to bigger and better than ever before and confirmation that Van Morrison is to be performing at the Millennium Forum as part of the festival is fantastic news for music lovers across the city and wider region. Van Morrison was a hugely popular act when he performed at the festival some years back and we are delighted that he has agreed to return and be part of this year’s celebrations. The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is fast becoming one of Ireland’s most popular music events and this year’s event promises to be a huge success with an excellent line up of international and local jazz and big band performers. For further information about the festival visit Tel 028 71 376545.”

The one off set list for the show will feature a selection of his greatest hits and songs that have a particular resonance to his Irish roots and is set to be one of the musical highlights of 2012 and indeed the history of the City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival.

Tickets are available from Thursday February 16th, priced at £66.50, from the Millennium Forum's website at