Brandon Flowers puts on a spectacular show at the Eden Sessions

Eden Sessions 2011 review

published: Thu 21st Jul 2011

Brandon Flowers

Thursday 23rd June to Tuesday 12th July 2011
Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, England MAP
£37.50
last updated: Fri 8th Jul 2011

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It was a day for Royalty at the Eden project last Tuesday, not only did the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall pay a quick visit to the world's largest green house, but one of the most charismatic men in music and front man of The Killers, Brandon Flowers took to the attraction's intimate stage and performed in front of the nearly 6,000 strong crowd.

The Eden project celebrated its 10th anniversary with the Flowers Eden session celebrating 9 years of sessions, with the likes of Muse, Jack Jonson, Kasabian and many more having previously played at the now prestigious Cornish venue.

Kicking off the final Eden sessions of 2011 in support of the Killers front man were local 'nu-folk' band, Crowns, who supplied the audience with a taste of what the Cornish music scene has to offer.

Mystery Jets
Following on from them were London indie quintet Mystery Jets, who, despite being a band member down (who was busy at the birth of his child) put on a short but sweet set, offering the Cornish crowd a good mix of their hits, from 'Two Doors Down' and 'Young Love' to more recent tracks from their third studio album. Obviously, being limited in terms of band members and a shortened set, front man Blaine Harrison promised to return later in the year to "do it properly".

Then it was just left for Mr Brandon Flowers to set Eden alight. It was clear from the stage set that the audience were going to experience a spectacular show with a back drop showing a vast colorful desert, large spot lights and ranch like furniture scattered around.

Brandon Flowers
As Flowers and his band burst onto the intimate venues stage, the crowd erupted with cheers and applause upon realizing that the lead singer from one of the biggest bands in the world was in their presence, which was something I found very exciting myself!

The singer took the audience on what felt like an adventure through his album and life, taking breaks between songs to talk about his childhood, growing up in Nevada and moving to Las Vegas. Not only did he play a number of songs from his debut number 1 album, 'Flamingo', but he also included tracks from his Killers fame, including a fantastic cover of Kim Carnes', 'Bette Davis Eyes', which was no doubt a brilliant addition to the set.

Having only heard a number of his solo tracks previously, I was unsure as to what to expect, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Flowers put on a spectacular show for all, really embracing his audience, with band, lights and set listing keeping all thoroughly entertained and showing his true showman instincts. What a fantastic way to round off the selection of sessions on offer at Eden for 2011.

Brandon Flowers
review by: Adam Wells

photos by: Adam Wells

Thursday 23rd June to Tuesday 12th July 2011
Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, England MAP
£37.50
last updated: Fri 8th Jul 2011


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