Van Morrison confirmed for BBC Radio 2 In Concert



Jo Whiley has announced that Van Morrison will perform an exclusive live concert for the BBC Radio 2 In Concert series.

The performance will take place at the BBC Radio Theatre, London on Thursday 29 September, to be broadcast live on Radio 2, as well as live on BBC Red Button and online. Listeners will also be able to hear part of Van Morrison’s soundcheck that day in Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Van Morrison rose to fame in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, before embarking on a successful solo career.

The Brown Eyed Girl and Moondance singer has received six Grammy Awards, a Brit for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. This year he was also knighted for his musical achievements.

In this exclusive concert in front of an intimate audience, Van will perform some of his best loved hits alongside tracks from his new album - Keep Me Singing - on the eve of its release.

Van says: “I’m looking forward to performing at the beautiful BBC Radio Theatre for Radio 2 In Concert. See you on the 29th”

Jeff Smith, Head of Music BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: “Van Morrison is one of the true legends of rock music. I’ve wanted Van to do In Concert since I relaunched the show and so I’m really excited that he accepted my invitation to kick off this year's Winter season of In Concerts. It will be a really exclusive performance in the intimacy of the BBC Radio Theatre.

"The concert will also be available to watch live online at on the BBC Red Button, so viewers and listeners alike can enjoy what I’m sure will be an amazing evening of music.”

Tickets for the event can be applied for online at Tickets are free and successful applicants will be selected at random once the registration period has closed. The ticket giveaway is open from 8.30pm on Monday 19 September until 10pm on Thursday 22 September.

On Sunday 2 October, Clare Teal’s show (7-9pm) will feature an exclusive interview with Van Morrison. Clare will be chatting to Van about the music he has made throughout his career, his love of jazz and swing sounds, plus his new album.

Presenter Clare Teal says: "I’m beyond thrilled to get the rare opportunity to chat to this ever evolving musical legend, a man whose songs have peppered the signposts of our lives over the last fifty years, to learn a little about his creative process and hear some of the records that have inspired this great artist.”


Notes to Editors

  • Until mid-December, Clare Teal and Claudia Winkleman are switching places in the Radio 2 Sunday evening schedule, with Claudia airing at 9-11pm, and Clare Teal broadcasting from 7-9pm. The programmes have switched slots to avoid a scheduling clash between Claudia’s weekly Radio 2 show and her appearance presenting Strictly Come Dancing’s Sunday results programme.
  • BBC Radio 2 is the UK’s most listened to radio station with a weekly reach of 15.3m listeners, with The Chris Evans Breakfast Show (6.30-9.30) reaching 9.47m listeners (Rajar – Q2 2016).
  • Past BBC Radio 2 In Concerts have featured world class musicians including the iconic Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Ed Sheeran, A-ha and Gregory Porter.

September 21, 2016 9:00am ET by BBC Radio 2  

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