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.
Not set with being one of the most forward-thinking and progressive festivals in the UK, Love Supreme is also returning with its mini-festival at London’s Roundhouse. While last year saw performances from the likes of Mr Jukes, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Moon Hooch, Elli Ingram and Soccer96 all perform, this year’s looks set to be an even bigger affair.
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.
The first three acts for the 2019 Love Supreme Jazz Festival have been announced and feature a return for jazz-pop star Jamie Cullum, legendary disco-soul diva Gladys Knight, and three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy.
It’s just been announced that Craig Charles, Henry Wu, Eric Lau, Vintage Remix, Freshly Squeezed, Swingrowers, Jazz FM Presents, Tru Thoughts and more will be keeping you dancing into the small hours at the Love Supreme Afterparties, in both the Arena and Blue & Green Bars, once the live action has finished for each day.
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.