Weekend of nostalgia at Sheffield’s Music in the Gardens
Get ready to Walk Like an Egyptian this summer as Bananarama takes to the stage in Sheffield, headlining the 15th annual Music in the Gardens festival.
The reformed duo will be belting out all their classic hits on July 5 - from Venus, to Love in the First Degree – opening the three-day open-air festival at Sheffield's Botanical Gardens.
The popular Bjorn Again will take to the stage the following night, on Saturday, whilst the mini-festival comes to a more traditional close on Sunday, as Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra bring classic movie music to life followed by a traditional ‘Last night of the Proms’ finish.
And you could be there for free, as Sheffield Telegraph has two pairs of tickets to give away to lucky readers for each of the concerts.
‘Music In The Gardens’ started life as quite a small event - a live music concert organised by the Rotary Club of Sheffield to raise funds for local charities. Originally, 'Jazz in the Gardens' was a one day, low-key event but, since then, and driven by customer demand, Music in the Gardens has grown into a nationally recognised series of music concerts. Today it is organised by the combined efforts of at least seven Rotary Clubs from South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire, who are all directly involved in pulling the weekend’s activities together.
To date, Music in the Gardens has raised more than £400,000 for local, national and international charities and projects.
Bananarama’s Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward will celebrate the group’s 36th anniversary when they perform at the festival’s opening night – celebrating 32 Top 40 UK hits, 10 albums, and 30 million records. After forming in London in the early 80s, the band went on to make two Band Aid appearances, and have an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female band worldwide with the most charting singles, .
Bjorn Again will be aiming to get the crowd dancing and singing along when they strut on stage on Saturday. The Aussie act has been touring the world with their affectionate show celebrating the music of ABBA for more than 30 years, including performances at the Reading and Glastonbury festivals and private shows. Naturally, their set draws from the ABBA canon of pop hits so expect classic such as Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper, Take A Chance On Me and many more.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra will headline the closing Movie Music In The Gardens concert on Sunday night, which will also feature the Unite the Union Brass Band, and the winning performers of the first 'Sing to Win 'competition. It will round out a weekend of nostalgia, with a string of classic tunes from the golden age of Hollywood through to the present day. This evening of memorable music will close with a spectacular firework display.
Organisers said: “Want to know what is special about Music in the Gardens? It is four evenings of music featuring world recognised top artists at realistic prices.
“It is an evening picnic in beautiful surroundings. Bring a chair or blanket and sit in the lazy evening sunshine and soak up fabulous music whist enjoying a picnic, a plate of something hot from our high quality food stalls, a good honest pint of real ale from Bradfield Brewery or a glass of something fruity in the company of people with whom you can unwind.
“It is a music festival for those people who do not fancy the idea of attending a music festival. It is designed to be a major event on the social calendar and be a major community event and fundraiser for various local charities. Each charity is also responsible for organising a bucket collection during the interval, to help boost its income, so please, bring lots of loose change - the folding type would be good.
“Each evening, in addition to having a great time, you will be making a major difference.”
If you would like to win tickets to the Music in the Gardens concerts, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the following question: How much money has Music in the Gardens raised so far? Include your name and contact number. Deadline for entries is Monday July 1 at noon. JPI terms and conditions apply. Visit www.jpimedia.co.uk.
Entry is scheduled to be permitted from 6pm each evening.
Visit www.musicinthegardens.co.uk or call 0114 2233777 for more details, or to book tickets for the festival, which runs from July 5-7.