The three-day celebration of jazz, soul and funk music that is Love Supreme Festival is back this year (29th June-1st July) and has just announced a new wave of acts on the bill that include Pharoah Sanders, Level 42, Chris Dave & The Drumhedz, Lalah Hathaway, Orphy Robinson, Denys Baptiste and many more.
Pharoah Sanders will certainly pique the interest of jazz heads. A veritable giant in the world of space-jazz, free-jazz and afro-jazz fusion, he is possibly the most becalming musician known to man. A tenor saxophonist of both highly dissonant and meditative qualities, he first made his mark as a member of John Coltrane’s band back in the 60s, before releasing albums under his own name, and partaking in collaborations with the likes of Alice Coltrane and Stanley Clarke.
For those with a poppier bent, Level 42, led by Mark ‘the thumb’ King, will no doubt wheel out some of their huge hits. ‘Lessons in Love’, ‘Something About You’, ‘The Sun Goes Down (Livin’ It Up)’ and plenty more are at their disposal from their fantastic collection of funk-pop songs.
The festival has also added to the strong contingent of contemporary jazz acts performing this year with Swiss pianist Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, British-Jamaican vibraphonist Orphy Robinson, Denys Baptiste with his acclaimed ‘Late Trane’ project, and UK vocalist and pianist Ian Shaw all confirmed to perform across the weekend.
The festival will again host the Jazz Lounge, which will present a range of talks, panel discussions, film screenings and exclusive performances. This year also sees a wealth of activities aimed at children including a dedicated area featuring a huge bouncy castle, swing dance lessons, a vintage funfair and early morning family yoga and swing classes, as well as the return of The Lazy Bird Kitchen, a long-table-style banqueting restaurant. This year will also see a new stage featuring cabaret and spoken word as well as late night live music. More details will be released soon.
Day tickets start at £54 and weekend tickets start at £125. Details of all ticket prices can be found at www.lovesupremefestival.com.