Music is blooming in Sheffield with four big concerts this week at the city's annual Music In The Gardens festival and we have VIP tickets to be won to EVERY night.
Sit Down stars James will be getting everyone up dancing on the opening night at the Botanical Gardens - with guest support from Sheffield's latest Radio 1 indie stars The Sherlocks - on Thursday (June 30).
Brit-award nominated The Feeling, with hits including Fill My Little World, are supported by Ryan Taylor’s Octofunk on Friday (July 1).
Legendary UB40, with hits including Red Red Wine and Kingston Town, are supported by Sheffield’s own Steel City Rhythm on Saturday (July 2).
And it ends with a Last Night In The Garden proms style show - complete with fireworks - with The Unite The Union Brass Band and The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, on Sunday (July 3).
To celebrate the music spectacular we have teamed up with the organisers to give away a pair of VIP tickets for each night - including picnic for two and wine. Entrants must be 18-years plus.
It's free to enter and you can try your luck for the specific gig you want to attend - or for all four nights. Full details below.
This year's Music In The Gardens has been hailed as the most ambitious in the festival's 12 year history.
It all began as one night of jazz in a single marquee but it is now attracting some of the biggest names in the music industry.
With sales of more than 25 million albums,opening night band James are one of the most successful bands in the UK.
The Manchester group have produced a string of massive hits including Sit Down, Come Home and Laid,
They are currently riding high in the charts with their new album, Girl At The End Of The World and their new single, Nothing But Love.
Support The Sherlocks are Sheffield's latest success story. They have exploded onto the national scene in the past 18-months, with their latest single Last Night on the official Radio 1 playlist. They recently completed a 23-date sold out headline UK tour, supported The Libertines and played at South by Southwest - the world's biggest music festival - in Austin, Texas, guests of BBC Introducing, including DJ Steve Lamacq, who spotted them at Tramlines.
They have a Euro 2016 semi-final night gig in Paris, with festival dates including T In The Park, Leeds and Reading Festivals, then their largest UK tour to follow in September. But you can catch them first at Music in the Gardens.
Brit-award nominated The Feeling, who headline on the Friday, are one of the most played groups on radio with hits such as Never Be Lonely. Sewn and Fill My Little World.
Music legends UB40 featuring five of the original members of the classic ‘80s Birmingham band. Selling some 70 million albums worldwide, UB40 are another must see act with hits like
Red Red Wine and Kingston Town They are supported by Sheffield’s Steel City Rhythm.
No Music In The Gardens would be complete without its proms style Last Night in the Gardens, featuring The Unite The Union Brass Band and The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchesta on Sunday.
Expect the venues to reverberate to stirring brass and strings with a good old flag-waving sing along with one of Sheffield’s most spectacular fireworks displays to finish off the four days of top-drawer concerts.
Music In The Gardens is no ordinary festival. It is organised by Rotary Clubs from South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire. Every penny raised goes to charity – the event has raised £250,000 over the years.
This year it is raising money for Cruse Bereavement Care (Sheffield), Accessible Derbyshire, Alzheimer’s Society (Sheffield), Sheffield Futures, Motor Neurone Disease Association South Yorkshire, Macmillan Cancer Care (Chesterfield), Fable and Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
Andrew Bates, of Music In The Gardens, said: “It is incredible to think how the event has developed over the years. It is a privilege to work with such big artists and an honour to have been able to raise so much for so many worthy causes over the years.
“Being able to persuade artists like UB40, The Feeling and James to perform just shows how far we’ve come in the past 12 years.”
Tickets available from www.sivtickets.com. Prices vary each night, as below:
* James, Thursday, June 30, £40 in advance (plus £4 booking fee); £45 on the gate.
* The Feeling, Friday July 1, £18 in advance (plus £2 booking fee); £23 on the gate.
* UB40, Saturday, July 2, £35 in advance (plus £4 booking fee). £40 on the gate.
* Last Night In The Gardens, Sunday, July 3, £15 in advance (plus £2 booking fee); £20 on the gate.
WIN VIP TICKETS TO MUSIC IN THE GARDENS 2016
Enter our free draws for your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets for the night of your choice - with picnic for two and wine (entrants must be over 18 only},
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, with your full name, age, address, day time and mobile numbers, and in the subject field use the appropriate code for the VIP tickets you want to win, so either #JPCompJames, #JPCompTheFeeling, #JPCompUB40. #JPCompLNITG or, if you want to enter for a chance to win tickets to any of the four concerts, simply use #JPCompMITG.
You can also enter via Twitter. Follow '@GW1962 and RT his tweets with the code for the tickets you want to win, so either #JPCompJames, #JPCompTheFeeling, #JPCompUB40. #JPCompLNITG or, again for all four, simply use #JPCompMITG.
Deadline for all entries is Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6pm. Winners will be alerted that night. Usual Johnston Press terms and conditions apply. Transport not included - see www.johnstonpress.co.uk/terms-conditions