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Love Supreme Festival Back in 2015 – Early Bird Tickets Out Today

Good news for all today as the Early Bird Tickets for Love Supreme 2015 were released today at 1pm. Following on from the huge success of the past two years (and impeccable weather), we can certainly expect big things from the festival which will be returning strong for a fourth year.

The festival is the UK’s biggest outdoor jazz festival and will return in July 2015 for three days of world-class music set against the stunning backdrop of Glynde Place in East Sussex. Having attended both of the the previous iterations of the festival, I can vouch that it is one of the best festivals I have ever been to, with a family friendly atmosphere and a feel good friendly atmosphere all around.

Here is my review from 2013 –

Love Supreme 2013 Review

Launched in 2013, Love Supreme quickly became one of the summer’s must-see festivals thanks to its spectacular setting, countless rave reviews (“The British jazz world’s Glastonbury” **** The Guardian, “Love Supreme festival is a Woodstock moment for British Jazz” ***** The Independent) and an accessible yet sophisticated mix of jazz, blues, soul, funk, hip hop and r&b. Having enjoyed record attendance figures in 2014, with over 20000 music fans on site over the course of the weekend, the organisers have confirmed that the festival will return next year from July 3rd – 5th and are set to name a string of high profile headliners over the course of the coming months.

Here are some of my favourite artists from Love Supreme 2014 –

Artists to Watch at Love Supreme 2014 

New Discoveries at Love Supreme 2014

With headliners in the first two years including Jools Holland, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum and Soul II Soul, this festival is no lightweight by any means, yet carries a price tag significantly lower than most: Early Bird weekend camping tickets are just £110 (usually £135), £99 for non-camping(usually £110) and £50 per day ticket (usually £55).

Even without a confirmed line-up yet, it is worth buying your tickets because Love Supreme is more than the sum of the individual acts, it is an experience (and one for the whole family). With good public transport links to Glydne by road, bus, coach and rail and a great range of food, drink and clothing stalls, Love Supreme should be the first thing that you mark in the new calendar for 2015.

For more information, check the official website:  www.lovesupremefestival.com.

Love Supreme – Ten Artists Not To Miss At Love Supreme 2014

With the full line up and stage times finally released, here are some of my hand-picked favourites for Love Supreme 2014, held in Glynde just outside Lewes and Brighton.

Friday 4th July

Fresh Like Dexie – Arena – 5pm

Brighton-based neo-funk collective Fresh Like Dexie combine influences of jazz, hip-hop, funk and pop in their keyboard and vocal heavy mix of fresh soul.

The Studio 9 Orchestra – Arena – 6pm

Another local act, Studio 9 Orchestra are a 19-piece orchestra, specialising in 20th century jazz, funk and latin music. Formed in 2011 by Scott Sheridan and Phillipe Guyard, it contains some of the finest jazz musicians that the south coast has to offer.

 

Saturday 5th July

Snarky Puppy – Main Stage – 2:15pm

Having just missed these guys performing twice in quick succession, I will not be making the same mistake after countless recommendations from friends. This New York-based group are an instrumental fusion band, led by Michael League, a GRAMMY Award-winning composer, producer and bassist. Following a sell out show at Cheltenham Jazz Festival last month, Snarky Puppy are the perfect way to ease yourself into the weekend of jazz at Love Supreme; with music that is experimental, innovative and down-right funky.

Normanton Street – Cocoface Bandstand – 5pm

Local superstars Normanton Street are so busy making moves, writing new songs and playing shows across the country, that it will surely not be long before they reach the big stages. With a host of great supports recently including MC Lars and Avery Sunshine, as well as mini UK and Welsh Tours, several performance at the Alternative Great Escape Festival and a headline performance on the Free Stage at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this year, who knows where you will see them playing next. See my interview with Normanton Street back in February here.

Laura Mvula – Main Stage – 5:45pm

Intimate and delicate, Laura Mvula’s songwriting has a simple beauty displayed in a clear glass case. A multi-award nominated and double MOBO and Urban Music Award winning performer, I have seen Laura perform twice and will definitely be there for number three. Read my review of her headline set at Cheltenham Jazz Festival here.

Jamie Cullum – Main Stage – 9:30pm

Always a promoter of new jazz with his Radio 2 show and getting stuck into the jazz scene with his involvement with Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Jamie Cullum’s latest album Momentum is something a little different from his smash-hit Twentysomething and its follow-ups. His new material shows a wider range of styles and a lot more shades to his musical palette without losing any of his energy and excitement in his performances. Read my review Jamie Cullum’s opening set at Cheltenham Jazz Festival here.

Sunday 6th July

Curtis Stigers – Big Top – 4pm

American jazz vocalist Curtis Stigers has been recording albums for over two decades, so he must be doing something right. Having seen him perform as part of ‘Friday Night Is Music Night Live’ at Cheltenham Jazz Festival last month alongside Lianne Caroll and Kurt Elling as guests vocalists, I am sure that he will not disappoint with his smooth voice and style to match. Read my review of Curtis Stiger’s performance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival here.

Imelda May – Main Stage – 6:30pm

My uncle is pretty clued up on the jazz scene, having been a professional musician for over 50 years, so when he suggests someone to listen to, I take his word that they will be great. Imelda May has an intensely busy touring schedule including festivals in the UK and Europe as well as a European tour from October until mid-December, so I’d assume a few people also think she is something special! Imelda’s authentic Rockabilly revival sound will get you dancing, (hopefully) in the sunshine. Her new album Tribal is out now.

Gregory Porter – Big Top – 7:30pm

One of the best vocal performers that I have ever had the privilege to not only see live but also chat with and enjoy the after-festival party with at Love Supreme. His vocal presence matches his tall stature and his songwriting is sincere, personal and poetic. Check him out!

De La Soul – Main Stage – 8:30pm

25 Years going strong, De La Soul have a busy summer lined up, full of touring dates as well as a host of big festival dates in the Europe and the US. Fresh from Glastonbury and Solidays Festival in Paris the week before, De La Soul are sure to be on top form for their headline closing set of Love Supreme 2014.

 

Tickets

Weekend tickets are £125 camping, £110 non-camping.
Day tickets are available for just £55 adults and £30 under 18s.
Tickets are available from http://www.lovesupremefestival.com/tickets-on-sale-now.

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