The national music spotlight fell on the Eden Project last week at the culmination of the BBC’s Music Day, broadcast simultaneously on BBC Radio 2 and their local channels.
The showpiece concert climax featured one of the 1980s’ biggest bands, Duran Duran, as well as music legend Nile Rodgers.
Adding to the atmosphere was a live link broadcast by BBC 1’s flagship The One Show. With hosts Patrick Kielty and Alex Jones providing the live links from the Mediterranean Biome.
Opening proceedings in the main arena was fizzy soul singer Izzy Bizu, and the frizzy haired songstress captivated the crowd with her mix of upbeat soul that doffed a nod to the late great Amy Winehouse.
In between the sold out crowd were treated to an impromptu singalong of a Beach Boys classic by former Fame Academy judge Carrie Grant. The crimson-locked songstress whipped the audience into a froth with a take on Brian Wilson’s Wouldn’t it Be Nice.
Next up was the first onstage visit by Mr Rodgers, who introduced the crowd to Laura Mvula. With her infectious taste in clothing and her unusual choice of electronic guitar, it promised to build on Bizu’s infectious opener.
With a full house and the expectation of a nation, it was left to the Wild Boys themselves to provide the fireworks, and they didn’t disappoint. OK, they are middle aged, slightly fuller in figure than their heyday but Mr Le Bon and co showed that they still retained the required pizazz to showcase their 35-year career.
New tune Paper Gods signalled their arrival. Then the flame throwers pulsed with their signature tune Wild Boys. This literally set the crowd alight for a veritable broadside of hits including Hungry Like the Wolf, View to a Kill, Notorious, Planet Earth including a special Bowie tribute of Space Oddity, Girls on Film and a two song salvo of an encore with their Prince dedicated Save a Prayer and Rio.
Courtesy St. Austell Voice