Van Morrison announces plans for three socially distanced live gigs in Belfast
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Van Morrison announces plans for three socially distanced live gigs in Belfast

VAN MORRISON has defiantly announced plans for three intimate gigs, which are due to take place in Belfast next month. 

The singer, who celebrated his 75th birthday earlier this week, will perform a string of socially distanced shows at the Europa Hotel this October. 

The gigs are due to take place on October 29th, 30th and 31st - lockdown rules permitting, of course. 

However, tickets don’t come cheap with social distancing guidelines limiting the number of fans able to attend each of the three concerts. 

A maximum of 184 members of the public will be able to attend, with tickets sold in pairs or in tables of eight, in order to adhere to social distancing legislation in Northern Ireland. 

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Front row tickets are priced at £250 per person or £2,000 a table. 

Anyone seated further back can bag a ticket for £150 per person or £1,200 a table. 

That price gives you access to a drinks reception and a fancy two-course dinner featuring a variety of culinary delights made using Northern Irish produce. 

Fellow Belfast man Van Morrison is one of Brian's musical heroes  Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Van Morrison’s plans come just a few days after the Belfast-born music legend slammed the “pseudo-science” of social distancing at live gigs. 

Writing in a statement posted on his official website, Van Morrison said:  I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up." 

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The Northern Irishman told fans his decision to play socially distanced gigs was not signify any kind of agreement with restrictions to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums. This is also not the answer going forward.  

“We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward.”