In case you’re not aware, the Van Morrison Cyprus Avenue gig this Friday is going out on Radio Ulster, with a TV screening on BBC NI – all should be easily available on the iPlayer. Here’s a bit from the Radio Ulster website:
Van Morrison Live On Cyprus Avenue:
On Monday 31 August, the day of Van’s birthday – BBC Radio Ulster will exclusively broadcast Van Morrison’s full 70th birthday concert live from Cyprus Avenue – the street which famously inspired the Astral Weeks track of the same name. Broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle from 2.45pm, this is a unique opportunity for Van Morrison lovers to hear the artist in all his live glory as he performs his sold-out matinee concert as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. Prior to the concert starting, Ralph McLean will be setting the scene for listeners as he takes in his surroundings at the Cyprus Avenue concert and chatting to fans lucky enough to get tickets for the event.
BBC Northern Ireland viewers will also have the chance to witness Van Morrison in action and relive the concert when it receives its exclusive television broadcast on BBC One NI on Friday, September 4 at 10.35pm. (Transmission times correct at time of publication.)
More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1f58ZyVP4rQVFW2Z8V0Vck3/van-morrison-70th-birthday-celebrations
In other news, this month’s Mojo has a full-page ad (P8) suggesting that the bulk of the back catalogue is about to become available again, digitally at least. It also mentions a new best of, with a release date of this Friday (28/8), though it’s not clear if that’s for everything (probably is, given the occasion). Given the many VM gaps in my collection, I really hope the CDs are on the way.