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Thanks to Adam for the above atmospheric picture from Eden. Another review of the Eden show, this time from never enough notes who seemed to enjoy the show abit more than the this is Cornwall reviewer did..

Doves have some hard work to do: When the gig was announced Mumford & Sons were still emerging and Doves, with their solid following and previous storming set at the Eden Sessions in 2002, were a steadfast finishing band. And although the crowd is still up for it when they take the stage, it is clear that many are Doves virgins.

The band grab the audience well to start; Jimi Goodwin’s memorable voice and the moody and atmospheric music is the perfect soundtrack for the sun setting over the stunning Eden Project scenery. The band have worked hard on this ‘greatest hits’ tour and put on a good show with dramatic visuals including some interesting videos, my favourite being the ‘hoodies’ filmed for Black and White Town. The band relies heavily on the crowd being right there with them and affectionately coining the audience ‘Edeonions’, Goodwin manages to gain friends in most of them, especially when he offers to pay any council fines if the sound techs cranked up the volume.

To read the full review, click here.

Check out the official Eden Sessions blog here, for a short review of Doves set & pictures.

A few of you have wrote in asking about the status of the Eden download. Latest from the Doves Live Store..

We are expecting final approval from the band very shortly, as soon as we have it we will ship the CD’s and downloads.

Finally, work has started on the Echoes In The Alleyway microsite. Expect a full launch sometime late August ready for the album to be made available at the site early October. I have already received 9 tracks for the album so far, the quality is fantastic. Some really talented artists involved. I’m sure you will enjoy their take on some of your favourite Doves tunes. Tracks not dared to be covered yet include.. The Fear, Pounding & Words.

Eden Project Setlist

Picture by thisiscornwall.co.uk

Setlist from Friday’s Eden show, thanks to rederic7 at doves board for posting.

Push Me On
Snowden
Pounding
Jetstream
Winter Hill
Where We`re Calling…
House of Mirrors
Words
10:03
Greatest Denier
Kingdom of Rust
Black and White Town
Caught By The River
Cedar Room

Firesuite
Catch The Sun
Fear
Spaceface

This is Cornwall posted a review of the show at their site, though I suspect the reviewer was there for Mumford & Sons and not so much doves!

Lee asks where did it go wrong for the Doves Eden Session?

ON ENTERING the Eden Project on Friday night and spying CDs of Doves’ headline set would be on sale straight afterwards, I made a note to self to buy one.

On leaving I avoided the stall like the plague.

Where did it all go wrong?

It certainly didn’t help that Mumford & Sons were supporting – arguably the band of now, this gang of waistcoat-wearing public schoolboys have updated the sound of The Pogues and Men They Couldn’t Hang for the Twitter generation.

With their sense of zeitgeist many believed they should have headlined despite the lack of songs. It appeared Doves thought they should have headlined too.

The Mancunian three-piece who stormed the Sessions back in 2002 were sadly lacking.

Always devoid of character, they previously made up for it by powerful gigs of emotional firepower, halfway between Elbow and The Verve.

To read the full review, click here.

Live At Eden

Pictures from the official Eden Sessions Twitter feed @TheEdenSessions

Photo taken by @bouncingdan

Doves Release Limited Edition Live album

Doves are recording their show at the Eden Project. At the show you will be able to purchase the deluxe package complete with 2 CDRs with pre printed artwork. Included in the package will be a unique code which can be used to download the CD quality audio as soon as the band have had a chance to listen to the show. Alternatively you can order your copy from our online store.

The CDs are limited only 2000 copies. Reserve yours now!

Thetford Review

Good friend of the blog Paul Bingley has sent in a review of the recent Thetford Forest show which can be read below, sounds like it was a fantastic show.

When Doves were booked to perform on the same day that England launched their 2010 World Cup bid, someone at The Forestry Commission was playing with fire. That said, while the rest of the nation screamed at Robert Green for his one ugly moment, a small pocket of England’s green and pleasant land witnessed something beautiful.

It’s a testament to Doves that so many traipsed into Thetford Forest on June 12th. 3,500 may not have been the sell-out crowd that Simply Red bored the day before, but it was certainly a respectable figure given the national circumstances.

The audience was surprising in itself. Ear-muffed toddlers, George Cross-clad teenagers and even mobility-scootered pensioners all bathed in blissful ignorance of England’s shenanigans amid a grandstand of collapsible chairs, coolboxes and tartan blankets.

Essentially, everyone was in the middle of a wood for the trees. A member of the Forestry Commission climbed onstage to remind everyone exactly where their money was going. The cycle paths and so on were all expected benefit. It made for a pleasant change from the usual profiteering lapped up by most fat cat promoters.

Humility made way for The Cheek – an energetic five-piece from nearby Woodbridge. They announced themselves by playing a blustering set before looking rather hot. A number of young girls in the front row certainly thought so anyway.

A band that can’t be accused of boisterousness is Cherry Ghost. Simon Aldred’s melancholic compositions have a soothing way about them and each one beautifully complemented the surroundings. Several mature women behind me were left swooning over their Lambruscos.

A little after quarter past nine, Doves ambled onstage. The sun had just slipped below the tree line leaving a single star in the sky. It remained a focal point for the rest of the evening.

The fact is, Doves don’t thrive on spectacle. You won’t see Jimi Goodwin swinging a chainsaw above his head shouting obscenities at the Devil. But that’s what makes Doves all the more remarkable. Songs like set opener, Jetstream, have not been composed to be accompanied by fire-eating dancers and women wearing telephone hats. Like most Doves offerings, it’s an epic, multi-layered journey that’s designed to be listened to – and when delivered live, it’s utterly mesmerising.

Doves, themselves, seemed enthralled with Thetford’s response. Push Me On did just that – coaxing out every inhibition and cranking up the electricity in the process. It culminated in Goodwin blowing the order of the set by announcing the wrong song. Never mind, Pounding would just have to do. And it did – pulsatingly so.

They hurtled through The Places Between, performing a majestic version of Snowden and then painting vivid colours with the sound of Black and White Town, before whipping up a carnival atmosphere to the samba explosion of There Goes the Fear. Yet it’s a certain Spaceface that most fans would consider the evening’s crowning glory.

Written when Doves were not Doves, Spaceface is a 90s dance track that’s crossed a wide divide and landed on Planet Rock. Usually played for appreciative audiences, the track leaves Thetford Forest bouncing. Even the mature ladies didn’t care as they spilt their Lambruscos all over the Norfolk grass.

There was one more beautiful moment to come, however. Creating their own mini-moshpit next to me was a family. I was struck by the youngest child who waved his arms and nodded his head in approval at every song. When I congratulated the parents for having such a ‘with it’ son, it transpired that I was standing next our very own ‘richtdev’ and the ‘tdev’ family.

Who needs England when you’ve got beautiful moments like that?

On Friday Doves are returning to the Eden Project in Cornwall, playing with the band of the moment Mumford & Sons. If you are attending, do send in your pictures/setlist or a review just like Paul did.

Speaking of Cherry Ghost, who finally have got a website going which you can visit here. They did a live session last night for BBC’s 6 music. Check it out to hear new tracks from their new album which is out next week. How good does Black Fang sound?! Its been a bit of a wait since Thirst for Romance, but from what I have heard this record could top that, beautiful stuff.

A Return To Eden!

Doves will be making a return to Cornwall’s Eden Project this summer to play the Eden Sessions with Mumford & Sons. The date being July 2nd, with tickets priced £35 + fees going on sale next Tuedsay March 9th at 6pm from edensessions.com

Of course Doves headlined the first set of Eden Sessions back in 2002, which was released on the DVD Where We’re Calling from.

 

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