Van Morrison at 70: Twitter Pays Tribute

Birthday wishes flood the Internet as the east Belfast songwriter celebrates at Cyprus Avenue

Social networks are awash with tributes today as east Belfast gears up for its most famous son's 70th birthday bash.

Van Morrison marks the occasion with two very special, long-awaited and sold-out concerts on Cyprus Avenue – a source of much inspiration for some of the songwriter's best-loved output – to cap off this year's EastSide Arts Festival.

A lyrical focal point throughout the Belfast Cowboy's early work, the tree-lined street has been transformed overnight as a fitting party venue for the pair of gigs, taking place just a matter of hours apart.

As 'Vanatics' flood the city's streets we've rounded up some of your tweets paying respect to #VantheMan for his fifty-plus years of service to music.

The second of Van Morrison's two performances is broadcast live from 6pm on BBC Radio Ulster. Follow the hashtags #VantheMan and #Van70 for more real time updates on Twitter.