Lyric Theatre, Belfast
I’ve seen Van Morrison in concert several times. But I’ve always wanted to see him perform in his – and my – city of birth, Belfast. So when my Christmas present from Mrs BB was a ticket for this concert, you can imagine my excitement. Not only was it a hometown gig, it was in the intimate surroundings of the 400 seat Lyric Theatre. And it was 6 rows back, dead centre. The ticket price was eye watering, but, hey, it was a fundraiser for the esteemed and historic Belfast Linen Hall Library, so it was all in a good cause.
And so it was I found myself as part of an audience buzzing with anticipation last night, expecting a decent gig (Van never delivers less than that these days) and hoping for a special one. The evening began with the Director of the Library thanking us for our contribution, and giving a heartfelt encomium to Van, ‘a true Bard of Belfast’, for doing this concert for them, and for accepting an honorary membership of the library. He finished and was off stage a few seconds before the advertised start time, and true » Continue Reading.