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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 11:18

British music legend Paul Weller will play a very special Eden Session on July 10, further enhancing the line-up of headliners for the 2009 gigs.

This special Eden Session is being staged in support of the Prince’s Rainforests Project (PRP) in association with EDF Energy, one of the UK’s largest energy companies. The concert is part of a broader programme of joint EDF Energy and Eden initiatives which are being launched this year to encourage collective action in the fight against climate change.

HRH The Prince of Wales set up the PRP in 2007, in order to build awareness about the need to slow the rate of tropical deforestation to prevent catastrophic climate change. This gig will raise public awareness about the link between rainforests and climate change and encourage people to sign up to the PRP’s high-profile awareness campaign.

The PRP has developed a proposal for emergency funding to help protect rainforests and to encourage rainforest nations to continue to develop without the need for deforestation. Following a very significant meeting of world leaders convened by HRH The Prince of Wales, an international working group has now been set up to examine this ‘Emergency Package’ along with other proposals.

Peter Hampel, Eden’s Creative Director, said: "This concert is a really exciting addition to the 2009 Eden Sessions line-up and we are delighted to be drawing attention to the vital work of The Prince's Rainforests Project. We are really grateful for the support of EDF Energy to enable us to host what will be an amazing night of music from one of the world's most respected and enduring artists."

Martin Stead, Brand Director, EDF Energy added: “As the largest generator of low carbon electricity in the UK, at EDF Energy we’re committed to helping Britain in lowering its carbon footprint, and we’re working with Eden on a range of initiatives to encourage collective action in the fight against climate change. Deforestation is having a major impact on accelerating climate change, and that’s why we’re promoting the Paul Weller Eden Session in support of the Prince’s Rainforest Project, to encourage further support for this important initiative.”

Justin Mundy, Director of the PRP, said: “The PRP is thrilled that EDF Energy and The Eden Project have chosen to feature us at this gig because it provides an important opportunity to help spread the message about the importance of rainforest protection in the fight against climate change. We would like to encourage people to visit www.rainforestSOS.org and sign up to our campaign.”

Paul, veteran of The Jam, The Style Council and a solo career that spans 16 years, joins fellow headliners Kasabian, Razorlight, Oasis and The Kooks at the Eden Project this July.

The Eden Sessions are returning for their eighth year, having previously played host to the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Muse, KT Tunstall, The Raconteurs, Vampire Weekend, The Verve, Amy Winehouse, Goldfrapp, Basement Jaxx, Keane and Editors.

Last year’s Sessions were widely regarded as the best in the gigs’ history. Further announcements on support acts for this year will be made soon.

Tickets for Paul Weller’s Eden Session go on sale on Tuesday May 19 at 6pm priced at £35 each plus a £5 booking fee per ticket. To book, contact the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or at www.edensessions.com.