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The War on Drugs

The War On Drugs plus Beth Orton

The American rock sensations are set to take to the stage in front of the world-famous Biomes on Sunday 18 June 2023. The special guest will be singer-songwriter Beth Orton.

There will also be talks and tours on the day, included in your Eden Session ticket price.


  • Arena opens: 6pm
  • Beth Orton: 7.15pm
  • The War On Drugs: 8.30pm
  • Ends: 10.30pm

Please note, event timings can be subject to change and are given as a guide only. 

Every Eden Sessions ticket includes entrance to the Eden Project from 9.30am on the day of the gig and the day after, so come and take your time to explore! 

About the band

The War On Drugs, led by Adam Granduciel, make records that wrestle a fractured past into a unified and engrossing present.  Their music has been described as “a roots-soaked-synth-and-guitar approach to American rock and roll.”

The New Yorker called them “the best American ‘rock’ band of this decade” in support of their album, A Deeper Understanding, for which they won the 2018 Grammy for Best Rock Album and were nominated for a BRIT Award for International Group of the Year. 

They released LIVE DRUGS in 2020, featuring live interpretations of songs throughout their career, including off their 2014 breakthrough, Lost In The Dream. 

Their fifth studio album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore, co-produced by Granduciel and Shawn Everett, landed on numerous 2021 best albums of the year lists and garnered a second BRIT Award nomination. 

In an odyssey that lasted about three years, I Don’t Live Here Anymore was made in New York City and Los Angeles from 2018 through the early part of 2021, and included stopovers at iconic studios such as Electric Lady in Greenwich Village and Electro-Vox in Hollywood. The band headlined Madison Square Garden in support of its release.

Beth Orton

Special guest: Beth Orton

Beth rose to prominence in the 1990s with memorable collaborations with William Orbit, Red Snapper and The Chemical Brothers before striking out on her own with a series of acclaimed, award-winning solo releases.

The Norfolk-born performer pioneered the synthesis of electronic and acoustic sounds in her 1996 debut album, Trailer Park, which received two BRIT Award nominations and features the UK Top 40 single She Cries Your Name.

Her stunning new album, Weather Alive, was created with nothing more than her unique and expressive voice and a “beaten-up old piano” in a shed in her garden.

The performance will mark Beth’s return to the Eden Sessions, having previously performed in 2002 alongside Spiritualized.

Additional events on the day

All the following, as well as entry to the Eden Project, are included in your Eden Session ticket price.

Dr Catherine Kelly

Wellbeing talks: Dr Catherine Kelly

Join wellbeing practitioner and university lecturer Dr Catherine Kelly at 2pm and 4pm in the Mediterranean Biome for a talk and Q&A session about her bestselling book Blue Spaces: How and Why Water Can Make You Feel Better.

Wobbly Bridge, Rainforest Biome

Rainforest Biome tours

Join our inspiring Eden Explainers, who’ll tell you incredible tropical plant stories and reveal rainforest facts, leaving you with a deeper understanding of these beautiful wild regions and tips on how we can help to protect them.

Meet inside the entrance of our Rainforest Biome, no booking needed, at any of the following times:  2pm, 2:15pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:15pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:15pm, 5pm, 5:15pm, 5:30pm.

Pledge Pavilion

Visit the Pledge Pavilion (near the Food Village) to make a pledge and keep climate positive. Find the QR code to sign up to receive handy household tips and advice on taking small steps to positive action for the planet.