Jack Johnson and a perfect summer evening in Eden

The Eden Sessions 2010 review

published: Wed 21st Jul 2010

Jack Johnson

Thursday 24th June to Tuesday 13th July 2010
Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, England MAP
£35
last updated: Fri 18th Jun 2010

A warm summer's evening found us travelling together towards the Eden Project; somewhere we had never visited even though it's in such close proximity to Plymouth. We were greeted by friendly staff who quickly directed us to a suitable parking space. The car parks were ample and perfectly signposted with different types of fruit making the return to the car later on in the evening much easier.

around the venue
As we began the descent down to the main entrance with excitement, we were pleased to see that there were various ways for people to get down to the huge Bio-domes and main stage; disabled parking was ample and they provide a land train for the less able of us. We opted for the beautiful walk as we had plenty of time to spare before Mojave 3 made their appearance.

The friendly staff greeted us and after a short wait to receive our wristbands, we were enlightened with the history of the Eden Project. An old disused China clay quarry had been spectacularly transformed into a different world, flora from all around the globe had been brought together under the Bio-domes to allow all of us to witness things most of us would never have had a chance to see if it had not have been for the genius of the Eden Project. We delighted in the rainforest and Mediterranean Bio-domes before we decided to treat ourselves to locally-sourced chicken in cider dinner, which incidentally was reasonably priced and affordable.

Mojave 3
After dinner we decided to walk through the beautiful gardens towards the main stage. There was ample space in front of the stage at this point and we were allowed through in plenty of time before the performances. We settled about half way back from the stage, excited with anticipation of what the evening had in store.

Newquay-based Mojave 3 certainly did not disappoint, with what I can only describe as perfection their acoustic tones set the mood for the evening.

Headliner Jack Johnson was greeted by an extremely relaxed and happy crowd and this seemed to spur him on. His wonderful banter was a great interlude between his hits taken from his new album 'To the Sea' but it was his old favourites; 'Staple it Together', 'Banana Pancakes', 'Good People' and 'Upside Down' that really got the crowd going. We were completely enthralled at his ability to engage the crowd, happy, smiling, singing people surrounded us for his almost 2 hour long set and we wished it could go on forever.

As we began the ascent back to the car we were surrounded by people who had nothing but great things to say about the whole evening and this only spurred us on to reach the summit! Buses were provided for those people parked in the furthest car parks and friendly staff directed us at every crossroads we encountered. Our drive home was effortless; which really was the icing on top of one of the most perfect summer evenings I have ever experienced.

Jack Johnson
review by: Adele Reynolds

photos by: Drew Reynolds

Thursday 24th June to Tuesday 13th July 2010
Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, England MAP
£35
last updated: Fri 18th Jun 2010


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