Two of my favourite things plus a night away with my better half was always going to bode well. Dreadzone at eden project in Cornwall on October 1st was like having your favourite pudding and your favourite meal delivered by hand. The following day exploring the flora of Eden was like a 7 course meal for my eyes and camera!
A startlingly beautiful and almost alien venue at night we were greeted by gifts of Acai berry juice freshly harvested from the tropical biome. Warmly welcomed by Dan Ryan, editor of Eden’s online conservation website Plant Talk, who was kind enough to put us up in his camper (thanks Dan!). I have been volunteering for Dan as photojournalist and wasn’t sure if I was more excited to photograph Dreadzone in such an amazing structure or the plant life the following day. But both were as wonderful to shoot as the other.
An intimate gig with an audience of eight hundred nestled between the biomes Dreadzone played with abandoned pride, clearly showing their joy gigging at such an inspiring venue with the multi coloured Cornish crowd in full appreciation. Once the rhythm section of Big Audio Dynamite in the 1980’s the new album Eye on the Horizon is available now on Dubweiser records. Look out for tracks Gangster, Little Britain (not the tv show the song!) inspired American Dread and the hypnotising Tomorrow Never Comes. The band played with personal passion dedicating the track Changes to a member of eden team who had recently lost her father, their connection to their audience as strong as ever. Oh how we danced under eden’s biomes, as those who know would say “Oi Oi!”
Eden isn’t just about plants, occasional gigs (the spectacular Kate Tempest plays next month) and the largest greenhouse in the world. As a registered charity member’s of the team work with the homeless on their Great Grass programme which enables participants to realise new skills on registered training courses and support into employment. There are campaigns to encourage school children to learn how we can grow our own foods, a deep geothermal energy project proposing to build the first UK geothermal power plant, and so much more to learn and explore. Wear comfy shoes and layers, that tropical biome is hot and go, you’d be silly not to!