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Van's the man for city's Jazz Festival.

Byline: Nicola Stow

SOUL singer Van Morrison will be one of the stars heading to the capital for this year's Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.

The Brown-Eyed-Girl singer is due to take to the stage at the Festival Theatre on Tuesday July 22.

Jools Holland with special guest Mel C, Bill Wyman and a Mandela Day Concert are also confirmed for the festival.

Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, World Cup 2010 official song band Freshlyground and South African group Mahotella Queens will play.

The line-up was announced as tickets went on sale yesterday afternoon(Tues).

Now in its 36th year, the festival is known for bringing big names in the jazz scene to the city.

And this year, more than 60,000 people are expected to flock to the city to see 120 acts play 145 concerts over the course of ten days.

The first day of the festival will coincide with Mandela Day and will feature three of South Africa's biggest acts. Opening act Abdullah Ibrahim made South Africa's first jazz record and played at Mandela's inauguration in 1994. International jazz supergroup the Mike Stern/ Bill Evans Band are also due to perform, along with the return of festival favourite Chris Barber and popular free events the Mardi Gras and Edinburgh Festival Carnival.

The full line-up will be announced in May. Tickets are available via the Festival website or on 0131 529 6000.

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