Eden Sessions live music: 100th Session: Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Doves plus more
We're delighted to announce a special all-day show to mark our 100th Eden Session! Eden’s world-famous Biomes have provided the unique backdrop to our unforgettable summer concerts since Pulp headlined on 5 July 2002, attracting a more than half a million concert-goers over the years.
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Nile Rodgers & CHIC
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 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.
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).
Asian Dub Foundation
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.
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.