This year, Love Supreme are taking glamping to the next level with some SERIOUSLY comfortable accommodation options available. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury, Blue Bell Tents come with timber-framed beds with real mattresses, not to mention a 5m wide tent frame, allowing you plenty of room to relax and recharge your batteries throughout the festival. Quirky campers will love the Podpads, situated in the Boutique Camping Village, which also include free tea and coffee and free phone charging facilities throughout the festival. For fans of the Shire, get the Hobbiton feeling by staying in a Hobbit Hut (only 2-berth huts are still available so book no to avoid disappointment). Finally, if there is a large group of you attending the festival, why not get a Field Lounge Festival Gazebo, large enough to cover 6x 4-man tents, complete with hay bales, so come rain or shine, you can still eat, drink and be merry with your friends.
To celebrate The Verve’s 60th year as a record label, they will be at Love Supreme celebrating in a big way – with talks, film screenings, guest speakers, playbacks and artist interviews throughout the weekend. There will also be free Wi-Fi, so you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be busy! The full line-up of events planned will be on the Love Supreme website soon so keep an eye out for further updates.
For the ultimate luxury food experience, dine in the footsteps of Mick Jagger with bespoke luxury caterer Caiger & Co’s Lazy Bird Kitchen. Offering breakfasts and dinners, made on site from the freshest (and where possible local) ingredients, you can say goodbye to burgers and hot-dogs for this festival and feast in style! Banqueting tickets can be pre-booked and the food will be served at fixed times, so check out the full menu and serving times online to avoid disappointment.
Earlier this month, the line up for the 4th iteration of Love Supreme Festival was announced, and following the lead from previous years it was far from disappointing.
Love Supreme 2016 Line Up
Opening the bidding with Burt Bacharach, Caro Emerald, Lianne La Havas, Grace Jones, Average White Band, Kelis, Giles Peterson and more, there is plenty already to entice you to buy your tickets for this weekend of jazz, soul, funk, blues and more. Set in front of the beautiful backdrop of Glynde Place, if you’ve not visited the area before it will give you an nice overview of the Sussex countryside in summertime.
Targeted at people with older, slightly more diverse music tastes or those with young children looking for a festival that will be free of hypodermic needles and acres of muddy fields to traverse in adverse weather, Love Supreme has always been the kind of festival that you can bring your whole family too, from grandparents to toddlers, and everybody is sure to have a good time.
Love Supreme Festival – Better Every Year
Each year the festival has added to its offering, without ever overcrowding the site and taking away from one of its greatest virtues – it’s compact size. With enough empty space to avoid any horrible noise bleeding between the stages, wherever you are – the big top, the arena, the main stage (outdoors) or the bandstand, the rest of the festival will not be encroaching on you, but will only be a couple of minutes walk away.
The food stalls keep the site aromatic from breakfast til the early hours of the morning, with a wide range of different cultures’ foods on offer – long gone are the days when all that festivals had to offer was a greasy burger and chips and an expensive bar serving cheap beer for central London prices.
Love Supreme 2016 Tickets
Tickets went on sale on Feb 11th. Adult weekend tickets are available from £121 for non-camping and £159.50 for camping (including all booking fees). A weekend family camping ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children costs just £352 (including all booking fees). Children under 5 can visit/camp for free when accompanied by an adult. This year, there will also be the Love Supremium Tickets, offering better facilities, free trolley service, dedicated car park and more. Find out more about Love Supremium Tickets.
If Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading, V Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival all seem a little oversized for your musical needs, then you will love these smaller, often independently run music festivals which will be returning for 2016. With individual event tickets, day tickets and weekend tickets, there will be something here to suit all preferences so read on to find out about some of the UK’s best lesser-known music festivals.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival – 27th Apr – 2nd May
Where? – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Last Year’s Lineup? – Caro Emerald, Van Morrison, Friday Night is Music Night, Average White Band
Confirmed for 2016? – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Becca Stevens Band + more. Read more on the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Blog
Why? – Cheltenham Jazz Festival is a lovely drop in Festival spread over the first May Bank Holiday weekend. With 3 main stages, a bandstand, an in the woods outdoor unplugged stage and a host of great food and drink stalls, it’s a great chance to see some of your jazz favourites and breakthrough contemporary artists in the modest surroundings of the square in Cheltenham. Events are individually priced. Find out more on www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz
TGE – The Great Escape – 19-21st May
Where? – Brighton, East Sussex
Last Year’s Lineup? – The Smiths, Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest, The Maccabees
Confirmed for 2016?- A new release of 50 artists for the first wave has just been released. Keep up to date with the 2016 lineup and have a listen in the playlist below.
Why? – TGE is a brilliant inner-city festival taking over the city of Brighton with pop-up venues, as well as utilising the city’s many music venues and pubs. As well at the main event, the Alt Escsape runs in parallel and is a free festival. To top it off, TGE offers a professional conference for people to attend talks about the music industry and participate in industry networking sessions and other private events. Tickets start around £50 + booking fee and can be bought online through See Tickets. Read my article on why you shouldn’t miss TGE from earlier this year – 10 Reasons To Not Miss TGE
Liverpool Sound City – 28-19th May
Where? – Liverpool, Lancashire
Last Year’s Lineup? Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian, Everything Everything, Gaz Coombes
Confirmed for 2016? – The Coral, Circa Waves, Dandy Warhols, Young Fathers
Why? – Moved to the Dockyards last year as a change from the TGE style city centre venue takeover, the idea behind Liverpool Sound City is quite an innovative one! With venues varying from an old warehouse to smaller indoors-ish tents and a main stage outside, the festival is a fun weekend -and as the music doesn’t start too early you have the mornings to peruse Liverpool and take in some of the touristy sights. Last year it was scorching there and there was the arrival of the Three Queens, so fingers crossed next year will feature something special too! Tickets from just £70 + booking fees from See Tickets.
Love Supreme – 1st -3rd July
Where? – Glynde, East Sussex
Last Year’s Lineup? – Chaka Khan,Van Morrison, Lisa Stansfield, Neneh Cherry
Why? I’ve attended Love Supreme each year since it’s inception in 2013 and each year the festival has grown, refined and bettered itself. With a lot of people parking at the main stage all day to bask in the sun, and others tent-hopping to catch their favourite acts, the festival is small enough to easily get around, but big enough to have a variety of things to offer, from videos and live Q & A sessions in the Blue Note Room to a plethora of great food stalls, bandstand local jazz, big main stage headliners and night-time events to keep you going until the early hours. Early Bird Tickets were released last month and you can buy them through TicketLine on the Love Supreme Festival Website.
Last Year’s Lineup? – Ben Howard, Bear’s Den, Nick Mulvey, Bombay Bicycle Club
Confirmed for 2016? – Sigur Ros
Why? – A 1-day festival in the heart of London for around £50 a head? Yes that’s right! Last year’s Citadel had a great line-up, although the organisation was shambolic, there were far too few toilets and food stalls and the mess at the start of the festival all around the ground was really not at an acceptable level. Saying that, I came for great music from the likes of Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club and they delivered. I’m hoping that this year’s Citadel will be a little smoother around the edges, but with the same high standards of music, which Sigur Ros are already setting the bar very high with. Tickets available from Ticketmaster.
EOTR – 2nd – 4th September
Where? – Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset
Last Year’s Lineup? – Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Marling, Django Django
Why? – EOTR is the largest festival on this list, but there’s something about it that just feels very homely. With 2 main outdoor stages, the Tipi tent and the Big Top, the festival is quite contained, but it offers so much more than just music. The comedy area in the woods was a highlight for me last year, seeing some great comedians and unexpectedly during one set Charlotte Church singing a stunning rendition of Hopelessly Devoted, accompanied by just a fella on acoustic guitar. There are activities for all the family, and the free-to-all piano stage, where I played a couple of times over the weekend, was a great place to relax. Regardless of the line-up, EOTR is a festival with the right attitude and even a spot of rain can’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance. Tier 2 tickets are available now for £170, but can be secured with a £45 deposit, with the balance payable in June 2016. Find out more on endoftheroadfestival.com/tickets/
After an almost wholly sunny Festival this year, I look back at some of my highlights and what is hopefully be developed for Love Supreme 2016.
1. The Jazz Lounge
New for 2015, the Jazz Lounge was a great addition to the festival, showing a really nice collection of live sessions and jazz footage. Some of the popular films were shown on multiple occasions, giving you another chance if you missed it the first time. There were also some plug sockets, a cafe and free Wifi, so it was overall a great place to come to chill out. The seating in the area was a little sparse, particularly for the makeshift cinema and with a rough material resembling the outside of a coconut on the floor, it was not the most comfortable place to be unless you got there early. Lets hope they have a few more seats next year.
2. The Schedule
An advantage to smaller festivals such as Love Supreme is that you don’t have to make as many compromises as you do at larger festivals. There is no taking 45 minutes to trek across 4 fields to be 1/2 mile away from the stage as is sometimes the case at Glastonbury and other larger-scale festivals, and you will often miss a lot of what you want to see through clashes in stage times. The well organised staggered set-times between the stages enabled you to see a lot more music for your money, and with a reasonably small festival site, you are never more than 5 minutes away from who you want to see next.
3. The Main Stage
Quite a pop/mainstream line-up on the main stage this year,but what they may have lacked in a traditional jazz sense they made up for with experience in abundance, with headliners Chaka Khan and Van Morrison certainly having a few years behind them. If you are the parents with younger children or have come along with a group of mates/work colleagues, odds are this is probably where you will frequent.
4. The Big Top
For me this was my favourite venue by a long way, not least of which because it was still audible from the campsite so you could still clearly hear the music whilst sitting in your camping chair, eating your picnic of bread, fruit and pimms whilst lazing the day away. The line-up was much more “jazz”, covering a wide spectrum from crooners to experimental jazz, all of which was performed very well to what looked like a slightly depleted audience from last year – and from the quality of the acts I can’t see why!
5. The Arena
Having spent a lot of my time in the Jazz Lounge and The Big Top, the Arena fell a little by the wayside for me this year. However the few acts that I saw there, who seemed to be geared towards a slightly younger audience, were fantastic.
6. The Bandstand
Located near the main food area (nice thinking guys!), the Bandstand was programmed by local venue Verdict Jazz and was showcasing a range of local jazz acts from youth ensembles to much more established south-based jazz groups. By cleverly placing this near to the food stalls yet still just within earshot of the main stage, the area had a steady audience throughout the weekend, giving some of the younger performers an attentive and receptive audience.
7. The Late Night Sessions
For those who like to keep the party going, the late night sessions in the Blue in Green Bar in the woods and the late night sessions in the Arena were considerately placed away from the main camping area, so as not to keep those who wanted to get to bed from doing so. The White Mink night was a very popular choice on the Saturday night, with Flash Mob Jazz getting the crowd (and even me) dancing along to their collection of swing tracks.
8. The Campsites
There was a main campsite which housed most of the overnighters, and separate campsites for the VIPs/Glampers, Campervenners and families, which people all seemed to be quite content in. The main campsite was a little far from the car park, and the wheelbarrows available to hire were and expensive option for a poor solution, not a touch on last years giant wheelbarrows which came with a pusher for you and your stuff so that you weren’t worn out by the time that you got there. Lets hope that they return for next year.
9. The Food & Drink
As with most festivals these days, the food selection was broad ranging from fish and chips and burger/hot dogs to more worldly dishes from Caribbean Jerk, Soul Food Company and a number of specialist vegetarian providers. The prices were a little steep for the food but the bar prices were about the standard for central Brighton, circa £5 per drink, but the £35 per bottle of Prosecco was a little out of my price range this time. Maybe next year!
10. The Atmosphere
Finally the atmosphere, as it has been every year, is a friendly and welcoming one. The average attendee is slightly older that the usual fesival-goer and perhaps a bit more cultivated with their musical tastes, but they are there for the same reason: to see the live music and to eat, drink and have a good time.
The festival, which just completed its third year, is still in its infancy but has been learning quickly how things should be done and is growing and changing each year. I look forward to seeing what form it will take next year. Tickets for Super Early Bird are on sale now for just £108.90 Weekend Camping and £97.90 Weekend Non-Camping (including all fees). Book online and start brushing up on your jazz repertoire.
The weather for next weekend is looking to be a scorcher, so if you’ve been waiting to buy your tickets, now may be a good time to do so!
In the meanwhile, I’ve made a Love Supreme 2015 Clashfinder based on the given set times which were released online on 15th June here.
You can download the Clashfinder to your phone or print off a copy to bring with you (in case your phone battery dies whilst you’re away at the Festival) to make sure that you never miss an act at Love Supreme 2015.
Its just under 3 weeks until Love Supreme and I for one can’t wait for it to come around! Having been to the previous 2 festivals in 2013 and 2014, it is just great to watch it grow up as a new festival with a strong family ethos, encouraging everyone to hear new music, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and really feel the Love Supreme!
Here is the latest playlist from the Love Supreme 2015 crew, displaying just some of the artists that are performing this year:
For those of you who have not been before, here is a brief rundown on just some of what you can expect at Love Supreme 2015:
World famous headliners including Van Morrison (Moondance & Brown Eyed Girl) and Chaka Khan (Ain’t Nobody & I’m Every Woman).
International acts from across the world, with a nice chunk of American jazz artists over for the festival – after all America does know a thing or two about jazz
A wide ranging line-up of artists, many of whom you will not be familiar with unless you are really into your jazz, but that really won’t stop you having a great time – the focus of Love Supreme is more based on rhythms, moods and grooves and Love Supreme 2015 will undoubtedly have more than you can shake a stick at!
New for this year, The Jazz Lounge will be featuring discussion panels, artist Q&As, exclusive playbacks, film screenings and much more.
A well spaced out festival site – it’s not a huge site but everything is well-positioned to avoid sound bleeding between stages without everything being too far to easily travel between stages
A host of fantastic food and drink stalls and bars – I recommend the Grand Mariner Bar if it is back this year as for the last two years they have been a highlight. You can expect foods from all across the world, not just a burger van with questionable meats.
And if you don’t wanna stop dancing when the headliners have finished, Love Supreme 2015 will be featuring some great club nights in the Arena to keep the music going into the wee hours. On Friday night there will be Jazz FM’s Funky Sensation, on Saturday, the electro-swinging White Mink : Black Cotton and closing out the weekend on Sunday night is Brighton’s very own Russ Dewbury – Jazz Rooms Sound System.
For all the latest festival updates, like the Love Supreme Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. (Psst….There are a couple of great competitions to win VIP tickets and a Boutique Camping experience for Love Supreme on their Facebook page!)
Get your tickets here from just £66 for a day ticket, £126.50 for a weekend (non-camping) and £154 for a weekend (camping).
It’s been a busy month this April, so in case you missed it here’s the latest news from Love Supreme Festival 2015 including updates on tickets, camping, the festival line up and a dedicated children’s area at Love Supreme Festival 2015.
One Week Left For Discounted Tickets
As Love Supreme Festival 2015 is drawing ever closer, jazz fans still have one week left to secure tickets at the current price band before they go up to the final tier.
Tickets are on sale at the current price until Friday 8th May, with adult weekend tickets at just £121 for non-camping and £148.50 for camping, inclusive of all fees. Love Supreme also offer a family ticket for the great price of £352, which include 2 adults and up to three children aged 5-17, saving up to £176 on booking the tickets individually.
There are also day tickets available for£60.50 for adults and junior tickets for £33. Buy your tickets now at this great price on http://bit.ly/LoverSupremeTix.
Giant Steps Kids Green
This year’s Love Supreme Festival will feature a dedicated area for the kids, the Giant Steps Kids Green. There’ll be an all-day party with our special BugBar mini disco, a converted camper van complete with a DJ performing from a super-sized ghettoblaster, dance offs, bubble machine games, a hula hoop workshop, a huge bouncy castle and swing dance lessons all enclosed in a families-only area. For parents, there’s a picnic area for you to relax that faces the main stage so you won’t miss any of your favourite artists.
Camping at Love Supreme
There’s so much so see and do at Love Supreme, the best way to see as much as possible is to stay over in the dedicated camping area. To find out more about camping at Love Supreme and 10 reasons why it is a great place to camp for the festival. Reason number 11 should be the weather, as this has been super-sunny the last two years – but let’s not jinx anything! http://bit.ly/LoveSupremeCamp
Joining the already legendary weekend line up at this year’s Love Supreme Festival are Neneh Cherry, Larry Graham, Rebecca Ferguson, Lisa Stansfield + more.
Already confirmed alongside headliners Van Morrison and Chaka Khan are Grammy-nominated quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, 2015 Grammy Award winner of ‘Best Vocal Jazz Album’ Dianne Reeves, along with young talent from 9-piece brass group Young Pilgrims and Spanish jazz sensation Andrea Motis.