The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is the largest outdoor jazz festival in Europe.
Held over 3 days on the first weekend of July, Love Supreme hosts a world-class line up of jazz, R&B, funk, soul and more. The festival’s home is the stunning grounds of Glynde Place in the iconic South Downs of East Sussex – one of the UKs most beautiful National Parks.
Widely regarded as a highlight of the summer festival calendar by artists and audiences alike, the festival attracts global superstars, jazz legends and the best new artists from the world of jazz, soul and R&B in a unique location.
Love Supreme was the first full weekend camping jazz festival in the UK but also welcomes day and weekend visitors. The festival is approximately 20 minutes from Brighton and just over an hour from central London by train or by car. Glynde village has a train station a few minutes walk from the site.
The inaugural festival was held in July 2013 . Since then, it has hosted a dazzling array of artists from the world of jazz, soul and R&B including Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Nile Rodgers, Chick Corea, Van Morrison, Grace Jones, Gladys Knight, Jamie Cullum, Hugh Masekela, Michael Kiwanuka, Steve Winwood, George Clinton, Pharoah Sanders, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas, Louie Vega, Bryan Ferry, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Tom Misch, Esperanza Spalding, Melody Gardot, Brad Mehldau, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy and many others.
Love Supreme also supports emerging artists. Gogo Penguin, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Rag’N’Bone Man, Mahalia, Celeste, Ezra Collective, Jordan Rakei, Moses Boyd, Jacob Collier & Kamaal Williams have all performed early in their careers and have gone on to great success.
The festival was the brainchild of former Universal Records lawyer Ciro Romano:
“The original idea was to meld the ethos of those great European jazz festivals like North Sea Jazz and Montreux with the culture of the UK camping music festival. It hadn’t been done before. In one sense, it’s a niche event as jazz is at the heart of the festival but, in reality, it’s more a series of interconnected musical niches where the respective tribes come together and recognise kindred spirits. I felt there was a desire for a larger scale, authentic, communal experience which celebrated the culture of jazz, soul, R&B and funk and the mark those genres have made on contemporary music.”
Love Supreme has five music stages covering everything from global superstars to jazz legends; contemporary R&B to the new UK jazz movement; Latin jazz to emerging artists pushing the limits of what jazz, soul and funk is in the present day.
In addition to this Love Supreme hosts DJs and club nights, talks, artist interviews and panels, classic album playbacks, films, dance classes, kids areas, VIP experiences, glamping, cabaret and spoken word, late night live jam sessions; a fairground; swimming and hill-walking. It is an immersive musical weekend with a loyal and dedicated audience.
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