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Van Morrison to hold free gig in Ireland after freedom honour

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Oct 20, 2013 | 9:39pm EDT

Veteran singer/songwriter Van Morrison is offering fans free tickets to a special gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland to celebrate winning the freedom of the city. The Brown Eyed Girl hitmaker will be handed the civic honour from officials at a ceremony at the city's Ulster Hall on 15 November (13), and will hit the stage later the same day. A total of 2,000 tickets will be made available online and fans will be chosen at random to receive admission to the once-in-a-lifetime gig. A council spokesperson says, "The one-off concert at the Waterfront Hall is being held to mark Belfast City Council conferring the Freedom of the City on the legendary musician to mark his remarkable global status and contribution to the city where he was born." Lord Mayor of Belfast, Mairtin O Muilleoir, who will present the honour to the singer, adds, "The term living legend is too loosely thrown around these days but there is no doubting Van Morrison's eligibility for such status due to his incredible talent as a songwriter, musician and vocalist." Morrison, who was born in Belfast, is only the second person in 10 years to be handed the honour.

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