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Van Morrison drops legal challenge to live music ban in Northern Ireland

Van Morrison has dropped a legal challenge to a ban on live music being played in Northern Ireland.

The ban was part of a suite of measures introduced by the Stormont Executive to stem the spread of coronavirus, but ministers agreed to allow the resumption of live music in July.

In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesman for Morrison said he has discontinued his judicial review proceedings at the High Court in Belfast.

However, while the singer welcomed the relaxation of coronavirus regulations, he "remains concerned by the failure of the NI Executive to share with him at any time the medical evidence that could ever have supported the need to maintain a blanket ban of live music".

Morrison cancelled concerts at the Ulster Hall which had been

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