Monday, March 29, 2010 - 11:56

Eden’s Arts Café returns on Good Friday (April 2) with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme and a headline performance from Cornish funk collective The Underbelly.

The five-piece, who will be playing tracks from their recently-released new album Seven Feet Under, are renowned for their edgy melodic style of full-on deep funk.

The band formed in late 2007 and have since played at both national and international events as well as receiving critical plaudits. Australian vocalist Roxie Ray features on the album and will be making a guest appearance with the band.

Complementing this, Eden’s resident DJs Jelly Jazz will be on hand throughout the evening, spinning their trademark mix of funk, soul and jazzy breaks.

All this activity will be taking place in the Core, Eden’s education, arts and events hub. As well as music and dancing, partygoers will be able to find out more about projects from Eden and other organisations in “the marketplace of ideas”.

Arts Café will also be hosting the Global Poverty Project presentation 1.4 Billion Reasons, a figure that refers to the number of people globally who live in extreme poverty. Top South West graffiti artist Mau Mau will also make a return.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea party will see people gathering together around tables to enjoy wholesome tasty treats and specially created cocktails, featuring exotic rainforest fruit.

Eden’s events manager Beth Lewitt said: “This month’s Arts Café not only features one of Cornwall’s best bands but also fabulous fancy dress frolics and the chance to find out more about our exciting plans for forthcoming Arts Cafés.”

Arts Café is on Friday April 2 from 7pm to 12.30am. Admission is £7 per person including a free drink if you book in advance. People who bring a party of 10 or more guests get free entry for themselves. Tickets are available from the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or through

The next Arts Café is on May 7. Rumble in the Jungle will host the South-West Drum and Bass Awards 2010, with Chase and Status headlining the show.