You’ve got to be quick if you want a ticket to any of the Eden Sessions – some have been known to sell out in literally a few minutes of going on sale. It’s not just the big names – huge names – that appear; it’s the way the Eden Project puts on such an incredible show with a thousand little details that create an amazing sensory overload throughout the evening.
But back to the big names first – Eden has hosted the kind of artists who can happily fill stadium after stadium around the world, artists such as Paul Weller, Moby, Elbow, Amy Winehouse, and Oasis… And at the Eden Sessions, you get to see them in a much more intimate setting, surrounded by the ethereally-lit biomes. Even the support groups are acts with serious clout. Many reviews have mentioned how playing at Eden seems to bring out the best in performers – a little of the Eden magic rubbing off them. Wandering around the grassy paths of Eden while a hero of rock or pop is giving it everything on a stage a few metres away from you can be almost surreal.
Each Eden session has an illustrious and long line-up. It’s not all about the headline acts; there’s a diverse programme of music and comedy throughout the afternoon and on into the night. Fire-breathers on stilts, jugglers, buskers and all kinds of circus performers are often part of the entertainment – every corner of Eden is alive with some kind of drama. Combine that with an exploration of the Mediterranean and tropical biomes, the garden displays, sculptures and the rainforest lookout and it makes for a unique day.
The Eden Project is obviously geared up for big events and lots of visitors. Parking is plentiful and easy. There’s something interesting to eat or drink at every turn – the bakery has everything from croissants for breakfast to frittatas for lunch, often being made while you watch. Try the Mediterranean Café for tapas or check out the Rainforest Biome for an exotic fruit smoothie. And for the sessions themselves, gin tents and bars serving local beers spring up all over.
Our advice? Sign up on the Eden Sessions website for updates and grab a ticket if you can – these really are red letter days.
Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, Tel. 01726 811911