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Van the Man rounds out Forest Live gigs at Westonbirt


The clouds parted to welcome a warm summer evening at Westonbirt Arboretum, setting the stage for music legend Van Morrison’s performance at Forest Live on Sunday, writes Pam Wise.

Van Morrison, affectionately known to his fans as ‘Van the Man’, at 78-years-old, delivered an iconic performance, with support from Hothouse Flowers who set the stage with their peace and love vibes, warming up the audience.

Attracting fans of all ages, he kicked off the show with a selection of lively classic covers. Dressed sharply in his signature suit and hat, he smoothly serenaded the crowd with Days Like These and Have I Told You Lately.

As the audience swayed nostalgically to the rhythm, the band appeared intensely focused on their performance—no smiles, just serious, well-practiced music, all under Van’s meticulous direction from behind his mirrored glasses.

The previous evening, the Irish folk-pop icons The Corrs, who gained fame in the nineties, showcased their unique fusion of traditional Celtic music with captivating pop-rock. They have produced numerous classics such as Runaway, What Can I Do? and Breathless.

At the Forest Live event, the band performed tracks from their celebrated album Talk on Corners, along with a selection of their greatest hits.

Pictures by Nige Brown

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