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VIDEO: Spirit of Glasto is in the city

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Forget the muddy fields of Glastonbury - when it comes to festival venues Sheffield is blooming marvellous.

The gorgeous greenery of the city’s Botanical Gardens was transformed into a mecca for music lovers for the first night of the four-day Music in the Gardens.

Organisers the Rotary Clubs of Sheffield breathed a sigh of relief when the evening sun made an appearance for opening night, as last year’s event was hit by torrential downpours.

Hundreds of people sipped pints and tucked into picnics as they gathered in the grass for warm-up act Badge.

It was then time for hundreds of music fans to unleash their inner mod as Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam got things started.

Taking to the stage, vocalist Russell Hastings declared: “The sun has come out for us, Sheffield!” before launching into a polished rendition of hit Down in the Tube Station. As the musicians strummed along to That’s Entertainment it was clear the crowd agreed.

Superfan Alfie Francis, whose first gig was The Jam at Manchester Apollo in 1981, said: “It was fantastic, they played all the greats and the crowd got really in to it.”

Last night it was the turn of folk supergroup Bellowhead - whose lead singer Jon Boden hails from the city - to wow audiences.

Tonight will see Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente made a return to the line-up for a salsa extravaganza and Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra will round off the festival on Saturday night.

 

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