Noah and The Whale, The Vaccines and Palma Violets
The gig was a concert like no other – each Eden Session is a sort of one-day festival which takes place outdoors, amongst the plants from around the world which make the Eden Project the place that it is.
We joined the queue early, eager for a good place near the front, and found ourselves in a valley at the bottom of a hill, where the stage was set up. After some warming Cornish pasties to help us get through the cold and the rain, the gate was soon opened and we happily took our places in the second row.
The first band were newcomers Palma Violets, who none of the crowd knew, but, by the end of their set, had everyone smiling and cheering. They were certainly very different to the folky headliners, Noah and The Whale, as in contrast their set was full of roaring electric guitars and singing interspersed with enthusiastic shouts, but their set made a big impression.
|The Vaccines performing Norgaard|
The second act, The Vaccines,were our favourite of the night. They were the perfect band to ‘rock out to’ in such a gig in the open air and rain; the whole crowd screamed along with the memorable and catchy songs, which have made The Vaccines one of the most popular bands of the past year. Their performance was what you’d expect from a good indie rock band: a set full of guitars, and the recognisable vocals of lead singer, Justin, who performed with an energy which had the whole crowd entertained. A few key moments were when they played some material from their new album, including the singles “No Hope” and “Teenage Icon”, which the crowd enthusiastically sang along with; there definitely IS hope for the Vaccines to become even more successful than they have been after the release of their debut album.
|Freddie from The Vaccines|
|The Vaccines 'rock out'!|
Headliners Noah and The Whale played the final set of the evening beneath the night sky: creating an atmospheric hour in which they performed their heart-warming, optimistic songs. The greatest moment had to be when they began to play the first few notes of their most well-known song 5 Years Time, and the crowd all cheered and clapped despite the fact that not one line had yet been sung. The audience’s excitement continued upon hearing the opening bars of Noah’s eccentric track “Love Of An Orchestra”, before soon joining in with the song’s catchy hook, “if you’re gonna run, run from hope”. Another memorable moment was when the rain stopped and the sky coincidentally cleared in time for their performance of “Blue Skies”.
|Noah And The Whale|
|Lead singer Charlie|
|A final guitar chord|
The evening didn’t finish with Noah and The Whale’s last song, The First Days of Spring, as just as we were leaving, we saw that Arni, the bassist from the Vaccines was still hanging around. A short conversation and a photograph later, and our Eden Sessions experience was complete. We both agree we would definitely recommend the annual event.
|Us with Arni from The Vaccines|
Isabella and Felicity