By Will Lethbridge
This year’s Eden Sessions are back with a bang this summer and an unprecedented line up like no other.
That's an incredible achievement when in recent years bands and artists such as Lionel Richie, Elton John, Muse and Mumford and Sons have all performed to sell out crowds.
The Eden Sessions, which take place in the spectacular environment of the Eden Project, are now celebrating their 15th anniversary and they’ve got some real treats in store for you this year.
British Ska legends Madness, get things underway on the 16th June in an already sold out show.
Royal Blood, who have been described by critics and fans as the saviours of British Rock music take to the stage the 22nd of June.
Also confirmed is the king of Canadian Rock Bryan Adams, who performs on the 6th of July and more artists and bands are due to be announced in the very near future.
Will spoke to John Empson the Director of Music at the Eden Sessions to talk about this year’s concerts.
John Said: “ It’s been quite a journey – the events started as a great idea really as Eden was being built.
If we’re honest we didn’t really know what we were doing at the beginning but we’ve learnt along the way and obvisouly now we’re know really experienced at doing it.
The venue is bigger, we’re getting bigger bands, we’ve got a bigger profile, and we’re going in the right direction still which is great.”
Will asked how John and the team at the Eden Sessions have managed to book artists and bands with such high profiles.
John Said: “We’ve always slightly punched above our weight I think. What we do have on our side is an incredible venue; very unique and one of the best venue’s in Europe if not the World.
People like playing at the venue, they always have a great show and talk about it with other artists. We’re firmly on the landscape of outdoor live shows in the summer.”
Through the Eden Sessions, the Eden Project hopes to encourage concert audiences to think about how they can reduce their impact on the environment. All profits from the Eden Sessions go towards supporting their educational charity and programs.
For more information on this year’s Eden Sessions and how you can get your hands on tickets go to edensessions.com. You can hear Will chatting to John Empson, Director of Music at the Eden Sessions below.