The country may be divided but the love was felt last weekend as some of the biggest names in the jazz world headlined Jazz FM’s Love Supreme Festival (from 1 to 3 July); making the idyllic location of Glynde Place in East Sussex home to the U.K’s only three day, greenfield jazz festival.
Keeping Jazz alive for its fourth season; this weekend saw Love Supreme Festival showcase its winning mix of soul, funk and jazz crossover with Main Stage artists including Grace Jones, Burt Bacharach, Lianne La Havas, Kelis, Average White Band and Morcheeba – alongside a solid jazz programme in the Big Top and Arena stages featuring French acid jazz band, St Germain, beat-driven piano trio GoGo Penguin and DJ /Acid Jazz and Talkin Loud Record Label owner, Giles Peterson.
Love Supreme Festival also played host to the Verve Jazz Lounge, which as well as celebrating 60 years of the iconic American jazz label with a range of talks, panel discussions, film screenings and exclusive performances.
Easing into the Saturday evening sunset was the soft, soulful sounds of songstress Skye Edwards (aka Skye of Skye & Ross – of Morcheeba). With a warm and graceful stage-presence, Skye’s set included classics such as Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, sent minds wondering to far flung places with Down by the Sea; previewed tracks from their album due to be released this September, and a surprise cover of Bowie’s Let’s Dance!
Later on, while the 15,000-strong crowd huddled from Saturday night’s rain in their parkers and wellies; sealing the show and storming the stage nothing but in body paint and the opening cry of “I’m going to have to drink some whisky, it’s f***ing cold.” was superstar Grace Jones; sending love supremers into a frenzy with renditions of Strange, Private Life, Pull Up To The Bumper and Love is a Drug.
Also mesmerising the crowd was Ludovic Navarre with the full St. Germain band, Getting Everyone Together as they headlined the Big Top on the Saturday; followed by Giles Peterson closing the night at 2am.
Guests with weekend tickets then had the option of camping – or glamping in the Supremium site within in the quieter grounds of the manor house – ensuring a luxurious night’s sleep ahead of Sunday’s round two.
With more than enough food options at Love Supreme’s Food Village, choosing where to enjoy a hearty or healthy breakfast to fuel the funk is almost as complex a decision as navigating your way through the music program to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!
After dodging the bullet of suggested Scotch Eggs for breakfast, a quick walk around the corner led to Wide Awake Cafe – one of the best loved vegetarian/vegan café’s catering for the hungry people of the festival world.
With Monmouth Coffee on the menu, freshly squeezed orange juice and Buddha Bowls rammed full of falafel, roast vegetables and hummus, all to be enjoyed under the sun on wide set picnic benches; Wide Awake Cafe was the first stop of the day before an incredible performance from Average White Band.
With sunshine on their side, the Scottish blue-eyed soulers still had it with Cut The Cake, Let’s Go Round Again and Pick Up The Pieces; a seamless way to transition over to the Big Top for Go Go Penguin.
Toning down her raucousness to suit the crowd, we caught Kelis on the Main Stage playing a more sultry jazz-tinted set in Sunday evening’s baking sunset. Slowed down soulful renditions of Milkshake and Trick Me had the crowds swaying before closing with the loving lyrics of Acapella and slinking off stage.
Having also played host to Van Morrison, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, De La Soul and Candi Station over the last four years, Love Supreme is one to watch – and get down to – every summer.
Early bird tickets for 2017 are available here
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