Eden hits its century as the 2019 Sessions get ready to rock
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 15:30
The Eden Sessions kick off this week with three exciting shows, culminating in the 100th Eden Session on Sunday June 23 featuring a “greatest hits” line-up of artists headlined by Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Doves.
Tickets are still available for this landmark Eden Session. Other artists confirmed for the show are Asian Dub Foundation, Dreadzone, Bill Jefferson and Backbeat Soundsystem.
In a video released by the Eden Sessions, Nile Rodgers invites everyone to come and join him at the 100th show on Sunday June 23 and says how excited he is to be returning to Eden with such a great collection of artists. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_0mLSlEVOs.
The 2019 Eden Sessions opens with Stereophonics, Sea Girls and The Wind + The Wave on Thursday (June 20) and continues with Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Kokoroko on Friday (June 21).
Following the 100th Eden Session on Sunday, the line-up is Liam Gallagher, Fontaines D.C. and The Velvet Hands on Wednesday June 26, The Chemical Brothers and DJ James Holroyd on Friday June 28, Snow Patrol on Saturday June 29, and Kylie Minogue and Nina Nesbitt on Tuesday and Wednesday July 2 and 3.
All Eden Sessions are sold out, with the exception of the 100th Eden Session.
Rita Broe, Executive Producer of the Eden Sessions, said: “What a moment for the Eden Sessions! We are incredibly proud to be bringing back some of our favourite artists for this very special 100th show, headlined by our great friend Nile Rodgers. It will be a unique moment in our history that we hope will live long in the memory.
“The 100th show will be one of the highlights of what we think will be our best Eden Sessions season yet. We have an amazing, eclectic collection of artists and we’re really excited to be bringing the Good Times to Eden for 2019!”
Nile made his debut at the Sessions in 2013 and also appeared at Eden for the BBC Music Day concert in 2016.
He is a multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist with more than 200 production credits to his name. As the co-founder of CHIC, he pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits such as Le Freak, sparked the advent of hip-hop with Good Times, and won CHIC 11 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations.
His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists such as David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide.
CHIC released their ninth studio album, It’s About Time, in September last year. The record features collaborations with Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stefflon Don and Emeli Sandé. CHIC were nominated in the International Group category of this year’s BRIT Awards.
Doves are one of British music’s rarest treasures whose sound ranges from the glinting riches of golden age soul and gritty garage to the woody rhythms of folk. They have recently started performing together again after a lengthy hiatus.
The Manchester three-piece released four acclaimed studio albums between 2000 and 2009, including 2002's The Last Broadcast and 2005's Some Cities which both hit number one in the UK charts. They have been nominated for the Mercury Prize twice and in the BRIT Awards British Group category twice.
They have played at the Eden Sessions twice – in 2002 and 2010, the latter of which saw them supported by Mumford and Sons.
London-based polemicists Asian Dub Foundation return to Eden after headlining an incendiary set for the WOMAD Session in 2004. The band, who merge elements of electronica, hip-hop, reggae and drum and bass with a punk sensibility, were nominated for the Mercury Prize for 1998’s Rafi’s Revenge.
They followed it up with 2000’s seminal Community Music, featuring the singles Real Great Britain and New Way New Life, and 2003’s Enemy of the Enemy, which became their best-selling album. They are working on a new album, due to be released this year.
Dreadzone, one of the most powerful and exciting bands to come out of the post-rave scene, launched their eighth studio album Dread Times in 2017.
Dread Times became their second top-40 album of their career after their signature release Second Light in 1995, a record that legendary DJ John Peel ranked as his 12th favourite ever. They were part of the line-up for A Beautiful Day Out at Eden last year (2018).
Bill Jefferson has previously appeared at the Eden Sessions with his band Crowns, supporting Brandon Flowers in 2011 and Blink-182 in 2012. He returns to the Sessions as a solo artist for the first time.
Backbeat Soundsystem, an eight-piece funk reggae band from St Austell, just down the road from the Eden Project, round off the bill for the 100th Eden Session.
Backbeat followed up their 2014 debut album Together Not Apart with 2016’s Into the Light EP. They have previously supported Dizzee Rascal and Madness at the Eden Sessions.
The Eden Sessions are in their 18th year with a sold-out line-up of Stereophonics (June 20), Nile Rodgers & CHIC (June 21), Liam Gallagher (June 26) The Chemical Brothers (June 28), Snow Patrol (June 29) and Kylie Minogue (July 2 and 3) the other concerts confirmed for the season.
Tickets to the 100th Eden Session featuring Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Doves, Asian Dub Foundation, Dreadzone, Bill Jefferson and Backbeat Soundsystem cost £55 plus £5 booking fee and are on sale now through www.edensessions.com.