Now in its fourth year, Love Supreme is widely regarded as the one of the leading jazz festivals in the world and this reputation is set to be further cemented thanks to a truly eclectic line-up of international stars and up-and-coming talent confirmed for the three-day event.
The festival has lined-up a star-studded selection of names to perform across the weekend including an exclusive UK performance from the iconic Grace Jones, six-time Grammy-winning songwriter Burt Bacharach, Dutch sensation Caro Emerald, the UK’s foremost neo-soul singer Lianne La Havas, pioneering DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson, the charismatic, multi-award-winning Kelis and British trip-hop outfit Skye I Ross from Morcheeba.
The festival once again affirms its jazz credentials with shows from a cross section of the very best talent on offer from across the genre including four-time Grammy-winning US bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, Kamasi Washington, Melody Gardot, Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Stanley Clarke Band, Ibrahim Maalouf and the newly formed supergroup Scofield Mehldau Guiliana. The group, a UK exclusive for Love Supreme, features jazz stars John Scofield, Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana.
The festival will also again showcase a host of local talent on The Bandstand, a focal point of the festival site programmed by New Generation Jazz and the Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton.
The festival will this year also play host to the Verve Jazz Lounge, which will celebrate 60 years of the iconic American jazz label with a range of talks, panel discussions, film screenings and exclusive performances. Renowned record store Rough Trade will also be on-site, hosting artist signings throughout the weekend.
The wealth of activities aimed at children includes the Higgidy Kids Green, a dedicated kids area featuring dance offs, bubble machine games and a hula-hoop workshop, a huge bouncy castle, swing dance lessons, a vintage funfair and early morning family yoga and swing classes. All family activities are included in the ticket price.
This year also sees the introduction of The Lazy Bird Kitchen, a long-table-style banqueting restaurant, which will work closely with local artisan producers to offer festival goers a high quality dining option that can be prebooked.
Love Supreme 2016 takes place at Glynde Place in East Sussex from Fri 1 – Sun 3 July. For tickets and to view the whole line up head to www.lovesupremefestival.com
*Image by Tom Gates
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