‘Bublé, Williams, Jersey Boys and Madness’ to perform at ‘Parties in the Park’

Three family-fun ‘parties in the park’ are set to take place in three city parks this September, in Oxley Park, Herdings Park and Parson Cross Park.

Each party will have a music stage, live music  performed by Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Jersey Boys and Madness tribute acts, and children’s activities from 11am to 4pm on the 1st , 8th and  15th  September.

They have been planned as the finale to the city’s summer celebrations of ‘100 years of Council Housing’ in Sheffield, where residents have shared their stories of moving into their new homes all of those years ago.

The celebrations so far have seen the city marking a landmark event that saw large scale council estates spring up across Sheffield when The Addison Act was introduced across the UK in 1919.  The act meant that local authorities could develop new housing for working people and followed a speech by Prime Minister Lloyd George as British troops returned from The Great War, calling for ‘a country fit for heroes to live in.’

At this time, Sheffield embraced the challenge to provide high quality, well-proportioned housing, with gardens where possible, which was a very big change from working class housing at the time. Work quickly got underway to do this with the building of Norwood estate, followed by the estates at Walkley, Woodhouse, Handsworth, Wadsley, Brushes, Stubbin and the Manor.

These parties are an opportunity for local people to enjoy a family fun event near where they live and further showcase the 100 Years of Council Housing stories that many residents have shared this summer.

As well as the musical line up the events we’ll be bringing some of this history to life on the big screen including clips of local residents telling their stories, a 10 minute film of a tram ride through Sheffield in 1902 and a 10 minute film of a tram ride through Sheffield in 1960, both very popular films at the time.

Hallam FM’s Street Team and the Hallam FM branded car will be on site with a family pop up area offering giant games and a free competition.

Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “This summer we’ve been celebrating the first ever council housing that was built 100 years ago and these parties will round off the celebrations with music and family fun. The events are all free so we hope that lots of people attend either for some of all of each event.”

Event details

  • The first will be on  Sunday 1st September in Oxley Park, where there will be Michael Bublé (by Adam Austin) and Robbie Williams (by Robbie the Show) tribute music performances from 1.45pm to 2.45pm and then a finale act at 3pm by The Jersey Boys (by The West End Jerseys).
  • The second event will be on Sunday 8th September in Herdings Park, where there will be Michael Bublé (by Adam Austin) and Robbie Williams (by Robbie the Show) tribute music performances from 1.45pm to 2.45pm and then a finale act at 3pm by The Jersey Boys (by The West End Jerseys).
  • The third event will be on Sunday 15th September in Parson Cross Park, where there will be Michael Bublé (by Adam Austin) and Robbie Williams (by Robbie the Show) tribute music performances from 1.45pm to 2.45pm and then a finale act at 3pm by Madness (by Badness).
  • Entry to the event is free and food and refreshments will be on sale.

For more information please contact Deborah Varney on 0114 205 3546 or email press@sheffield.gov.uk.