Preparations are already under way for a Music in the Gardens festival that will ‘go down in history’ next year – after the latest set of concerts in Sheffield proved another storming success.
The event took place over four nights in the genteel surroundings of the Botanical Gardens, with a bill topped by acts ranging from synthpop heroes Heaven 17 to African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Carly Whitfield, from Walkley-based promoters FGOWI, said the weekend’s concerts were some of the festival’s most successful ever – and that big plans are being laid for next year, which marks the event’s 10th anniversary.
“It went really well and it was nice to have some slightly different choices, we’ve not really had anyone like Heaven 17 play before,” said Carly.
“I actually watched the concert on the last night, which was a first for me, usually I’m too busy – it was a real treat to sit with a picnic and take it all in.”
The sell-out Heaven 17 gig drew this year’s highest turnout – 2,900 – with Ladysmith Black Mambazo the runner-up, attracting 2,300.
The Glenn Miller Band, the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra and Unite Brass Band drew more than 1,000.
Carly said: “It’s probably our second most successful year.”
“We’re really excited for 2015 – we normally wait until after Christmas but we’ve started to plan it already. If we get the ball rolling now then we will have a festival that goes down in history for us. We want to see in the 10th anniversary with a bang.”
Carly said the finer details of next year’s festival are still ‘top secret’, but the extra time should allow them to book some big names.
“We’re in talks with a couple of artists who we think will go down really well,” she added.