The Eden Project has announced a new partnership with AEG Presents to run the Eden Sessions series of concerts.
A new company, Eden Sessions Ltd, has been created by the two organisations ahead of the next series in summer 2020 and will look to build on the Eden Sessions brand, delivering more major artists to perform at the Biomes in Cornwall
Eden’s Rita Broe, who has run the Eden Sessions for the last eight years, will lead the new company. John Empson, who was instrumental in launching the Sessions in 2002 and has booked every act since, will continue to lead on the booking for the concerts. This year’s headliners included Kylie Minogue, Stereophonics and Nile Rodgers & Chic.
Gordon Seabright, CEO of the Eden Project, said: “In 18 years, the Sessions have established an excellent reputation in the industry and with concert-goers. Our exciting new venture with AEG Presents teams Eden with the global leader in live music. It will give us more national and international reach and help us spread Eden’s mission even further.
“Eden boasts a unique amphitheatre surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular Biomes. We are proud that there is no venue like it anywhere in the world and we know that many artists cite shows they have played here as being among their best ever.”
Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, Co-CEOs AEG Presents, said: “People use the word iconic a lot but the Eden Sessions fully deserves that description. They are innovative and the roll call of artists who have performed at Eden speaks for itself.
“They stand for quality as do we and we’re both dedicated to giving music fans a brilliant gig experience every time. This partnership is a big moment for us and we’re sure it will deliver great things.”
Since its inception in 2002 with a headline show by Pulp, the Sessions have featured performances from artists such as Muse, Oasis, Elton John, Blondie, Bjork, Lionel Richie, Paul Weller, Mumford and Sons, Blink 182, Sigur Ros, The xx, Pixies, Tom Jones, Van Morrison and Queens Of The Stone Age.
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