Massive Attack plus Young Fathers and Azekel

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June 2018

Massive Attack plus Young Fathers and Azekel

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June 2018

Running order (please note that these times may be subject to change): Arena opens: 6pm; Azekel: 7.20pm; Young Fathers: 8.20pm; Massive Attack: 9.30pm.

In a major coup for the Sessions, Massive Attack will be playing their only UK outdoor shows of 2018 at Eden next summer. 

Hailing from Bristol with 3D and Daddy G as core members, Massive Attack have brought together singers and musicians from a broad array of genres to forge a unique sound and a catalogue of all-time classic tracks. Across their five highly acclaimed studio albums – Blue Lines, Protection, Mezzanine, 100th Window and Heligoland – this ground-breaking act has built a huge influence on the development of contemporary music.

Don’t miss the chance to see their spectacular live show, with our Biomes providing an awe-inspiring backdrop to their epic sound. These gigs promise to be some of the most memorable in Sessions history!

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Special guests on both nights will be the Mercury Prize-winning trio Young Fathers. They have released two studio albums, Dead in 2014 and 2015’s White Men are Black Men Too, and provided a track – Only God Knows – for this year’s Trainspotting film sequel. They also feature on Voodoo in My Blood, a track from Massive Attack’s 2016 EP Ritual Spirit. Their new album will be released in 2018.


Azekel joins Young Fathers as another support act. His music transcends genres and will satisfy the ears of those who enjoy soul, jazz, R&B and electronic sounds. He recently released his long-awaited debut album ‘Our Father’.

5×15 talks

  • Time: 5pm
  • Date: Saturday 16 June
  • Venue: Mediterranean Biome, Eden Project
  • Admission is for both Eden Sessions ticket-holders and day visitors and is at no extra cost.

A provocative series of 15-minute talks by some of the UK’s top thinkers will be held on the second night of Massive Attack’s Eden Sessions double-header. The 5×15 event will see five speakers talk for just 15 minutes each on their chosen subject.


Giles Duley on the legacy of war

Giles Duley is a photographer, writer and CEO of the charity Legacy of War Foundation. Legacy of War is a five-year photographic project exploring the long-term effects of conflict globally.

Giles worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years before he started documenting the work of NGOs. In 2011, he was seriously injured in Afghanistan and was told he would never walk again but returned to work less than 18 months later.

Giles’s photography will feature in Massive Attack’s show as part of a continuing visual collaboration with Robert Del Naja.

Lucy Siegle on turning the tide on plastic

Lucy Siegle is a journalist, broadcaster and eco expert. She has had a weekly prime time TV slot dedicated to battling waste plastic on the BBC’s The One Show and a decade of experience as the Observer and Guardian’s Ethical Living columnist. Her forthcoming book is Turning the Tide on Plastic.

Hassan Akkad on Syria

Hassan Akkad is a filmmaker who filmed his journey from Syria to Europe. He has won a BAFTA for work on Exodus: Our Journey to Europe and Exodus: Our Journey Continues. He is an Ambassador for Help Refugees.

Sir Tim Smit on healing the soil

Sir Tim Smit is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the Eden Project. He is also Executive Chairman for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.

Nimco Ali on ending FGM in Somaliland and beyond

Nimco Ali is a social activist. Born in Somalia in the early 1980s, her family moved to Manchester when she was four. In 2010, Nimco along with psychotherapist Leyla Hussein founded Daughters of Eve. The non-profit organization was established to help young women and girls, with a focus on providing education and raising awareness on female genital mutilation (FGM). She also serves also as a Network Coordinator for the End FGM/C Social Change Campaign.

About 5×15

5×15 is an initiative of Rosie Boycott, Daisy Leitch and Eleanor O’Keeffe. They produce evenings of inspiration and entertainment for some of the world’s leading organisations and some of the world’s most discerning audiences.

Find out more on the 5×15 website

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