Final Eden Session of 2015
After a truly eclectic blend of artists and sellout shows at this years Eden Sessions, Ben Howard brought down the curtain with the final session of 2015. This show sold out quicker than the rest, showing just how in-demand Ben is. His previous 2015 tour was a sell-out, so hats off to the Eden team for getting a man so much in demand. Support on the night came from Joe Pug, an American folk-singer.
As Joe took to the stage, a sizable crowd had already congregated in the arena and they would have been impressed with what they heard. His folk tunes were similar to that of the great Bob Dylan and the way he mixed harmonica in just added to the overall appeal.
Most opening acts get about twenty minutes but fortunately Joe had much more time and kept us entertained for around forty-five minutes. As he stood center stage he was surrounded with Ben’s equipment and thankfully this meant a fairly quick turnaround between the two sets.
As the sun slowly started setting, it was time for Ben Howard and his band to make their entrance. Ben appeared with a glass of wine and a cup of tea and after giving the crowd a wave, went straight into the first song of his set. Having seen Ben play several times before I knew roughly what to expect and settled down to enjoy the show. From start to finish the sound was superb and even the newer tracks sounded good.
Last time I saw Ben he was playing the new material for the first time and it left me a little disappointed but now he’s taken those songs on the road and perfected them live. His laid back style set a relaxed mood amongst the crowd who were hanging on his every word and loving what they were hearing. I had expected the crowd to be mostly of a younger age-group for this show but there was a good mix amongst the sold-out crowd.
As the songs went by I was left waiting patiently to hear my two favourites: “Old Pine” and “The Wolves” and couldn’t believe it when Ben announced his final song. Thinking this was just the sign of an impending encore I waited on but when Ben and his band finished this song they were on their way to the front of the stage where they formed a line and took the applause of the crowd as they bowed several times. Still in hope as were many in the crowd of hearing these two tracks we were left disappointed when the venue lights came on to signal the end of the show.
As I made my way to the exit I was left to reflect on this years Eden Sessions and can honestly say this has been the best lineup since the sessions started. With rumours of next year’s bands already flying around let’s just say things are already looking promising. It also leaves me to think: is this something the Eden Project should consider doing on a more regular and all year round basis?
For anyone in the area, Eden let the dinosaurs out again between the 24th of July and the 2nd of September and it’s well worth popping in to see this amazing display, especially if you have young children.