Music from far and wide – 130 countries to be precise – descended on WOMAD Festival (World of Music, Art & Dance) to turn the Earl of Suffolk’s beautiful Charlton Park estate in Wiltshire into a musical Mecca. Now in its 36th year, the four-day event holds a reputation for being one of the politest, most relaxed and feel-good festivals out there.
Man, was it hot! The sixth edition of Love Supreme Jazz Festival was bathed in wall to wall sunshine for its duration, a veritable cauldron of baking summer sounds and party vibes emanating from all corners of the expanded site, in the pitch perfect setting of the expansive, gently rolling grounds of Glynde House. As one wide-eyed punter put it as they entered the arena, “This weekend is going to be sexy!”
For sure, clothing was liberally dispensed with, but it really was a tad too hot to engage in any other physical activity apart from the partying kind. With Love Supreme increasingly a magnet for all ages, it truly is a remarkably accessible music festival of very high quality for those who like to have a bit of fun, too.
One of the most unlikely musical mutations of recent years has to be Jack Steadman’s successfully transformation from frontman of indie-pop band Bombay Bicycle Club to mastermind of Mr Jukes. A project that completely caters for his love of funk, soul and jazz, with a range of guest singers including De La Soul, Elli Ingram, Charles Bradley, Lalah Hathaway, Lianne La Havas, and Horace Andy. It was a high risk endeavour which seems to be paying dividends as his up-coming sold out tour of the UK testifies.