Just as the Kaiser Chiefs’ event the night before, gig-goers at the second date of The Eden Sessions were treated to an afternoon and evening full of great music, amazing food and beautiful scenery coming together with the main act, Sigur Rós.
There were performances throughout the afternoon from the likes of local band, Saturday Sun and emerging singer-songwriter Thomas J Speight within the spectacular setting of the Mediterranean biome.
Eventually, attentions were turned to the main stage with the main support acts kicking off with Willy Mason. By this time the venue was already significantly busier than it was at the same time the night before and Mason’s music got a great reception. ‘Oxygen’ and ‘We Can Be Strong’ went down especially well with the crowd and Mason certainly left with more fans than he had before he arrived.
Next up on the main stage were indie folk band, Daughter. Having listened to Daughter a fair amount in the past I was slightly skeptical about how their music would cross over to live performances. But I shouldn’t have doubted it and the band gave an exceptional performance.
Their performance seemed to go from strength to strength and by the end of their set the crowd couldn’t get enough. Tracks such as ‘Landfill’, ‘Candles’ and ‘Youth’ were widely popular and the audience sung along as though the band were headlining. The support for Sigur Rós certainly seemed to usurp the previous night’s bill.
Eventually, Sigur Rós came on stage to a chorus of cheers and and applause. The performance was put together with a huge range of instruments from brass to strings and synth. Strangely enough, whilst playing guitars they often used a violin bow to create some really atmospheric sounds to great affect.
Naturally the band played a host of tracks from a range of their albums including some of the most popular fan favourites such as ‘Mílanó’ and ‘Hoppípolla’. Compared to the Kaiser Chiefs, Sigur Rós didn’t really work the crowd at all, but they did play a trump card by having an amazing laser show at the end of the night.
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