Unlike the other Eden Sessions dates, The xx only had one support act on the evening which was CHIC featuring Nile Rogers, however it still proved to be a popular night.

After seeing the Tom Tom Club support the Kaiser Chiefs and not being massively impressed, I thought the support for The xx may have been similar. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Despite the typically Cornish rain, CHIC and Nile Rogers had the place jumping up and down and dancing for the whole set. The songs might not be masterpieces but they were definitely great fun.

Along with Daughter from one of the previous events, CHIC were one of the best support acts for this year’s Eden Sessions. Even after their part in the night came to an end, the crowd didn’t want them to go and gave them a very vocal send off.

The xx on the Main Stage © Olivia Bohac

The xx on the Main Stage © Olivia Bohac

After a while The xx finally emerged 15 minutes late to a damp but eager audience. Initially, they actually seemed a bit pretentious as they didn’t really interact with the crowd and danced strangely.

But as the night went on, this feeling subsided and it seemed more likely that it was just part of the act. Vocally they were very good and after a little bit they really started to come into their own. In particular, the bands performance of tracks such as ‘Shelter’, ‘Angels’ and ‘Crystalised’ really got a good reaction from the crowd who seemed to love every minute of it.

The lighting was amazing, especially with the very fine rain which combined to make it a very atmospheric event. In fact, the weather couldn’t have been more fitting as the band played through tracks from both their old and new albums.

It seemed strange that an act like CHIC would be chosen to support a band whose music is quite sombre and atmospheric. But it proved to be a masterstroke as both bands actually complemented each other really well and the audience got the best of both worlds. As with all of the other events at the Eden Sessions, the location played a big part in making the night such a good one.

Oliver Sim (The xx) on the Main Stage © Olivia Bohac

Oliver Sim (The xx) on the Main Stage © Olivia Bohac

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