Set in the beautiful Cornish countryside is the World famous Eden Project whose biodomes make the perfect backdrop to the Eden Projects renowned Eden Sessions. It’s hard to believe that the Sessions are now in their thirteenth year and this years headliners will sit well in the long list of who’s who that have graced the Eden stage over those years. The first session of the year was the UK’s finest pop rapper and all round nice guy Mr Dizzee Rascal. Support on the day came from Sam Lewis, Running Numbers, BackBeat SoundSystem and Katy B.
On entering the venue I was greeted by the reggae sounds of BackBeat SoundSystem who had just started. The local eight-piece live just a few miles from the Eden Project and have a large local following, listening to their infectious reggae tunes it’s clear to see why. The arena was only half full at this point but it didn’t deter them as they lapped up the atmosphere from the sun soaked crowd. They had a forty minute slot, the highlight being their anthem “Fighting Bull” which had the venue swaying in time. They left the stage to a round of applause and were later seen amongst the crowd enjoying Dizzee Rascal’s set.
Next up after what seemed like an eternity was Katy B who has recently released her second album “Little Red” which peaked at number one in the UK charts. During the long wait the crowd had swelled somewhat in size and was continuing to increase as people streamed down the pathways leading into the venue. Katy B’s DJ started proceedings and shortly after Katy B made her way onto the stage greeted by cheers from the crowd. Her pop style worked well in the venue and many in the crowd danced along with her and her troupe of backup dancers who joined her from time to time on the stage. Katy B remains somewhat under the radar despite having two albums reaching number one and number two in the UK charts respectively. My favourite of her set was her smash hit “On A Mission” that caused an eruption in crowd who cheered loudly and jumped about with their hands in the air. She put on a good show but perhaps a couple more songs would have been good and also have kept the long wait for Dizzee Rascal a little shorter.
Just after 9 PM Dizzee Rascal made his much anticipated appearance and by now the venue although not sold out, was jam packed with people. The crowd consisted mainly of 20 to 30 year olds but also included many younger and some much older and gives you an idea of just how popular Dizzee Rascal is. The crowd also had several very noticeable people in fancy dress that included a man dressed up as snow white and a couple of chaps dressed in superman onesies who must have been sweltering in the heat.
Dizzee instantly had the crowd eating out of his hand and the atmosphere was electric from the start. Having just released his 5th studio album titled “The Fifth” Dizzee has a sizeable back catalogue to play from and we were treated to all his classic hits. Watching Dizzee play live is a real treat and it’s clear to see how much he enjoys performing and this seems to rub off on all those who are watching making for a somewhat party feeling. The blasts of smoke, confetti and even streamers just added to the party and made for yet another perfect night at Eden. Although I love Dizzee’s hit “Bonkers” this was not my favourite song tonight as this honour went to the song “Dance Wiv Me” that just seemed to sum up the whole night as people danced their socks off.
Yet another fantastic Eden Session enjoyed by thousands of fans who were well and truly entertained. The setting and weather were perfect, the sound quality was spot on and the security were helpful and friendly. The only bad thing was the long delays between artists but at least this gave the crowd time to rehydrate between sets. With several more sessions to come over the next few weeks lets hope they are as good as this one as Dizzee has set the bar pretty high.