Date: 
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 11:45

Due to overwhelming demand, Paolo Nutini and Martha Wainwright will play a second show at Eden Sessions on July 14.

Paolo and Martha will be the first artists ever to play two Sessions in the same year. Their initial gig, scheduled for July 13, was one of the fastest sell-outs in Eden’s history.

This show also brings the Sessions 2010 tally up to eight gigs, two more than the previous Eden record. Tickets are still available for Vampire Weekend and Broken Bells on June 24, Mika on June 27 and the dance extravaganza with Calvin Harris, Annie Mac and Audio Bullys on July 3.

Tickets for the comedy Session headlined by Al Murray on July 9 go on sale at 6pm today (Tuesday). Jack Johnson and Mojave 3 on June 26, Doves and Mumford and Sons on July 2 and Paolo and Martha’s first show on July 13 are all sold out.

Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “Paolo and Martha’s first show was one of the most popular in our history so we’re hoping that this announcement will please those who weren’t able to get tickets first time round.

“With all our headliners now confirmed, we’re confident that this year’s Sessions won’t just be the biggest ever but also the best.”

Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions.

Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005.

Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007.

Martha Wainwright released her acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2005, and also had positive reviews for her 2008 record I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, which featured a guest appearance by Pete Townshend of The Who among others.

Last year saw the release of Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris: Martha Wainwright's Piaf Record, in which the singer stamped her own identity on the songs of Edith Piaf.

In the UK, Martha may be best known for her duet with previous Sessions artists Snow Patrol on the top-20 song Set the Fire to the Third Bar.

Martha comes from a legendry music family. Her father is American folk singer and actor Loudon Wainwright III and her mother the late Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle. Her older brother Rufus is no stranger to the Eden Project, receiving critical acclaim for his headlining Sessions appearance in 2007.

The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session.

The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.

Tickets for the Paolo Nutini Session go on sale to members of the Inside Track programme at 9am tomorrow (Wednesday May 5) and on general release at 6pm on Tuesday May 11. They are priced at £35 plus booking fee.

To buy tickets visit www.edensessions.com or call the Eden box office on 01726 811972.