Dates: 29th June - 1st July 2018
Location: Glynde Place, Sussex
A relatively new festival, Love Supreme has been hailed as “the jazz answer to Glastonbury”. Set up in 2013, and presented by Jazz FM, it has fast become one of the UK’s top jazz festivals, drawing both big names and big crowds. Perfect for anyone who loves jazz, soul and blues, the event offers over 50 different acts over four stages, as well as a fairground, classic album playbacks and much more.
The picturesque environs of Glynde Place in the Sussex Downs (close to the Glyndebourne Opera House) make the perfect backdrop for a weekend of incredible jazz music, from right across the spectrum. The first event was very well acclaimed, both by the public and from the critics’ perspective; which has meant it has grown enormously in the last couple of years.
Musically, festival goers can expect anything from intense modern jazz to more mainstream soul performances, and a range of brilliant new talent to spectacularly big stars in the industry – such as Chaka Khan, Van Morrisson and Diane Reeves.
Ciro Romano, former record executive, is the man behind the idea; “The idea was to meld those great European jazz festivals like North Sea Jazz, London Jazz Festival and Montreux with the culture of the UK camping music festivals like Latitude, Bestival or Green Man all of which I love. I felt there was a gap in the market for something which celebrated jazz, soul, funk and the mark it has on contemporary music and that there might be an audience out there who wanted more than chart fodder.”
And he was very right. The four stages at Love Supreme cover a range of different elements to the affair. On the Main Stage, one might expect the bigger names and more contemporary artists, the core genres being soul and funk. The Big Top shows the crème de la crème of both UK and international jazz musicians and bands. The Arena, which is devoted to younger artists pushing the boundaries and proclaiming their definitions of jazz, soul and funk, and finally The Bandstand, showcasing the best of local talent, hosted by the Verdict Jazz Club.
To boost the abundance of outstanding sounds, the festival also offers club nights, DJs, dance classes, a fairground, lectures and talks, films and panels. Culinary stalls offering food from around the world will take care of your cuisine needs. This is an experience for the entire family too, particularly with the Giant Steps Kids Green. Here, they can party all day long in the BugBar mini disco, get involved in bubble machine games, bounce their energy out on the bouncy castle, do swing dance lessons and take part in a hula hoop workshop. And of course, there’s also the vintage funfair.
Glynde Place is situated in the dazzlingly lovely Glynde Estate, home also to Glyndebourn Festival Opera. It is a truly beautiful area in the English countryside and an ideal environment in which to enjoy music, sunshine and good company. Also, incidentally, a most scenic location in which to sleep in the fresh open air under canvas; particularly if you’re doing it in the lap of luxury. Love Supreme glamping doesn’t get any better than this. Book your well-appointed bell tent, situated in the boutique campsite, to enjoy hot showers, posh loos, extremely comfortable beds and well thought out interiors.