The Eden Sessions – a concert experience with a difference

Looking for a unique concert setting?  A show with a difference?
Then the Eden Sessions at Cornwall’s Eden Project should be top of your list. 

Last updated: 9 December 2019

Looking down at the Eden Sessions stage
Eden Sessions stage

What is the Eden Sessions?

The Eden Sessions is a series of summer concerts held at Cornwall’s Eden Project. Featuring some of the worlds best-known bands and artists, shows are held in the site’s natural amphitheatre in front of the spectacular biomes, providing a unique backdrop for a concert.

Venue Information and Seating Plan

The venue has a capacity of around 6,500 so as well as being a spectacular setting it’s a pretty intimate show.  Most acts that appear here usually play at stadiums or arena.

Being a natural amphitheatre, concerts here are standing only. There are no seats. Something to bear in mind when planning your day.

There is a relaxed viewing area, which is a slightly less crowded section just outside the main arena, for those with physical or mental needs. A great idea that more venues should consider. It is operated on a first come first served and you can take a plus one however space is limited.

You can enter the Eden Project at any time on the day of the show. The site closes at 6pm but if you have a concert wristband you can stay on the site until the arena opens.

Explore the Eden Project

One of the best things about the Eden Sessions is that your ticket gets into the site for two days – the day of the show and the day after – just keep your gig wristband on. So there is plenty of time to explore the gardens.

Eden Sessions 2020

There is always a fantastic line-up, but 2020 promises to be even better thanks to a new partnership with AEG. Expect some big names to be heading down to Cornwall.

Past acts include Oasis, Mumford and Sons, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Stereophonics and Gary Barlow so you can be sure of another great line up in 2020.

Acts announced so far…

  • Wednesday 17 June – Lionel Richie
  • Wednesday 15 July – The Script

How to get tickets to the Eden Sessions

Tickets are only sold via the Eden Project themselves so don’t be tempted to buy from any third parties or could end up disappointed.

Inside Track Pass – Guaranteed tickets for each show

Take the stress out of ticket on sale day with an Inside Track pass. Each year a limited number of Inside Track passes are made available. These passes guarantee the holder two tickets to every Eden Session.

At only £20 this an absolute steal. With a deal as good as this it’s unsurprisingly getting more and more difficult to pick up one of these converted passes. However, if you are a planning a trip to Cornwall and are happy to take a chance on who might be appearing then it is well worth trying to grab one.

General Ticket Sales

The Sessions are usually announced between autumn and spring.  For the latest announcements follow The Eden Sessions on Twitter or Facebook.

The Eden Sessions are very very popular and tickets sell out very quickly so don’t hang around when tickets go on sale. You need to be online and refreshing your screen as soon as they go on sale.

How to get to the Eden Project

Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG

The Eden Project is located down in beautiful Cornwall near St Austell. It’s a bit of a trek for most of us so if you visit for a show it’s well worth considering making a holiday or short break of it. 

By Air

There are several transport options. Flying is the quickest way, Newquay is the nearest airport, but remember it’s a relatively small airport and flight options can be limited. Flybe, Loganair and Aer Lingus are the main airlines that fly into Newquay. From the airport, you’ll need to take a taxi or hire a car to get to the site which is 25/30 minutes away.

By Train

If you prefer a slower pace, then why not let the train take the strain?  Newquay is on the London to Penzance mainline and there are regular departures from London Paddington. The journey is just over seven hours.   For the best fares book in advance. The cheapest ticket are usually released around 12 weeks beforehand. You can set up alerts to remind you on the trainline site.

By Coach

There are regular coach departures from London Victoria. The journey takes between seven to eight hours. National Express and Megabus both operate routes to St Austell or Newquay.

By Road

Take the A30 from Exeter or A391/390 from Plymouth.

Where to stay

YHA Eden Project

The YHA is the official on-site accommodaton provider for the Eden Project. Staying on site takes away the post show hassle of being stuck in traffic or in a long queue for public transport. It also has the added bonus of meaning you can be there bright and early the next day to take advantage of your two-day access to the site. 

The only downside I found was that for the event I attended the on-site shop/bar wasn’t open after the show so make sure you stock up on post gig snacks.

Snoozebox

The unique snoozebox is a recycled shipping container converted into an en-suite bedroom. They contain all the mod cons you’d expect including air conditioning and a TV. You will, however, have to provide your own toiletries and towels. If you are not keen on bringing your own towel you can rent or buy one from the YHA Reception.

Having stayed in one of these snoozeboxes for two nights they are more comfortable then you think. There is nothing quite like being on the doorstop of the venue after a gig and with prices starting from £39 they are great value.

Camping

A campsite is available on-site, priced at £5 per person (note it is sold per person rather than per pitch). Toilets, showers and washing up facilities are available. You also have access to the communal areas of the hostel.

The site is on a slope (my friend found out this the hard way having spent half the night slipping down the slope) so take care when pitching your tent.

Bell tents

If glamping is more your thing then a bell tent will be up your street. The tipi-like tents can comfortable accommodate four people and come with a double futon bed and two single beds. Bedding is provided. These are available May-October so cover the Eden Session period.

Nearby hotels

As you can imagine, on site accommodation is booked up pretty quickly. If you miss out fear not there are plenty more options around. 

Nearby hotels include

  • The Carlyon Bay
  • The Cornwall Hotel, Spa & Estate
  • Travelodge, St Austell
  • Premier Inn, St Austell

Final thoughts

I’ve read that many acts say their gig at the Eden Sessions was one of their best shows. I can well believe that.

The Eden Session I attended was one of the most enjoyable shows I have been too. The setting was stunning, the sound great and the build-up to the show relaxed and friendly. I’m keeping a close eye on future line-ups in the hope I can visit again one day.

If you are looking for a venue that’s a little different from the usual arena or stadium show or just want to see your favourite band in a unique setting then The Eden Sessions are for you.

If you’ve been to a Session before let me know what you thought in the comments below. Or who are you hoping will appear in 2020? I’ve got a few I’m keeping my fingers crossed for. Hopefully, details will be announced soon.

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