Bruce is ready to Jam at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens gig

Bruce jumping, from the jam
Bruce jumping, from the jam
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Forecasts of dry weather have brought music to the ears of organisers of a four-day festival in Sheffield.

It might not quite be glorious sunshine smiling down on this week’s Music in the Gardens, but the downpours which cast a cloud over last year’s event look set to stay away.

Thousands of music fans are set to descend on the Botanical Gardens for the annual event, which kicks off with Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam tonight.

Organisers are hoping late-comers will snap up tickets for the shows this week to help raise cash for good causes. The weather was blamed for a huge drop in profits donated to local charities last year - from £57,000 in 2011 to £10,000.

While turnout for the gigs, which saw 10cc headline, was still strong despite the wet weather, fundraising suffered.

As a result the same organisations - including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Safe@Last, Sheffield Young Carers, Barnado’s and Breast Cancer Care - have been selected to benefit again this year.

Carly Whitfield, of Sheffield Rotaracts and the Music in the Gardens organising committee, said: “We’ve picked the same charities as last year to give them another bite of the cherry. It seemed unfair because we’ve raised so much in the past.

“The forecast is pretty mild, so fingers crossed. At least it can’t be as bad as last year.”

The picturesque surroundings off Clarkehouse Road will provide the backdrop tomorrow for supergroup Bellowhead, who were voted BBC Radio 2’s Best Live Folk Band five times.

They will be followed on Friday by a salsa spectacular with Cuban-born Yorkshire-based jazz violinist Omar Puente who played to a sell-out audience in 2010.

And revellers are encouraged to bring along flags, picnics and blankets for a firework display and classical concert from the Sheffield Philarmonic Orchestra and Dodworth Colliery Band which will round the event off on Saturday.

Miss Whitfield said: “We’re really excited about the line-up and want to make it a community event.”

Concerts are set to start at around 7pm each night.

Tickets are available via the website www.musicinthegardens.co.uk and a number will be available on the gate on a first come, first served basis. Children under the age of 11 will be admitted free with an adult.