This PJ Harvey article was written by Tadgh Shiels, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.
PJ Harvey will be returning to Cornwall’s Eden Project this year for a headline slot on the 27th June. The show will be part of the Eden Sessions, a season of gigs played in the grounds surrounding the site’s two natural habitat eco-biomes.
Adding another date to an already busy 2016 schedule, the performance will come among other illustrious festival slots, including at Glastonbury, Primavera Sound in Spain, and London’s Field Day.
Her first show at this idyllic venue since 2003 will be in support of her upcoming ninth studio album, ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’. The album is the result of a month-long residency in a purpose built studio at London’s Somerset House, where audiences were encouraged to observe Harvey at work with her band and producers.
Harvey recently revealed a video for her new song ‘The Wheel’, the first to be released from the upcoming album. Much of the inspiration has come from Harvey‘s travels to destinations such as Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, DC with photographer Seamus Murphy between 2011 and 2014.
Heavyweight pop icons Lionel Richie and Tom Jones are among those already announced for this year’s Eden Sessions, but Polly Jean’s return will be sure to please those who like their music a little more purposeful and thought provoking.
The celebrated West Country songwriter has not been short of accolades since her last Eden performance. She was awarded her second Mercury Prize for her Let England Shake album in 2011, as well as an MBE for services to music in 2013.
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday the 8th March at 4pm on the Eden Sessions official website.
‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’ is out on the 15th April 2016 via Island Records.