Started in 2013, and billed as the first outdoor jazz festival for over 20 years, Love Supreme has always been about combining contemporary and old school jazz flavours, with crowd pleasing pop, along with a little bit of soul, funk, hip hop, electronica, and r’n’b. And while it took a few years to really find its feet, the festival has since become relatively stable and established, albeit within a toxic atmosphere of austerity and Brexit, the main socio-economic-political signposts of our times, pulling negatively at both the economy, and spending power. But, in the main, people know roughly what to expect, and that is a high quality, ‘mature’ music programme, in a safe, none-too-cluttered child/teen friendly space. Although camping is part and parcel of the experience for many, Love Supreme is definitely more Latitude, than Glastonbury, the hedonism toned down.
Love Supreme Festival has been a festival that has been an honour to watch go from strength to strength over the years. Taking place in Glynde Place, the festival has seen headliners from legends of funk, soul and hip-hop, sets from some of the finest experimental jazz maestros, as well as performances from some of the most exciting up-and-coming talents on the planet. It’s been an absolute delight year in year out and, amazingly, this year’s edition, already boasting Jamie Cullum and Gladys Knight as headliners, looks like it could be the best edition yet. Outstandingly, it’s just grown monumentally bigger too.