James to headline Sheffield’s Music in the Gardens

James play Sheffield's Botanical Gardens on Thursday, June 30.

James play Sheffield's Botanical Gardens on Thursday, June 30.

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Music fans are invited to Sit Down in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens and enjoy some of Britain’s leading acts.

James – famous for hits such as Come Home, Laid and Sit Down – are headlining the annual Music in the Gardens concert series this year.

The Rotarian-run event started life 12 years ago as one night of jazz in a marquee and has grown into a major charity fundraiser, raising more than £250,000 since it began.

Andrew Bates, one of the event organisers, said: “We have staged some great acts over the years, but James has to be our best catch to date.

“We will ensure the gig is remembered for years to come as a classic event.”

James will open the event this year, performing on Thursday, June 30, followed the next night by The Feeling.

We have staged some great acts over the years, but James has to be our best catch to date

Andrew Bates, from Music in the Gardens

The band, famous for songs such as Never Be Lonely and Sewn, have just released their fifth studio album, called The Feeling.

On Saturday, July 2, it is the turn of Red, Red Wine hitmakers UB40, featuring five of the original members of the classic 80s line-up.

The final concert of the series, on the following the night, is the traditional Last Night in the Gardens concert, this year featuring the United the Union Brass Band and the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets for the shows are now on sale from www.sivtickets.com