Love Supreme – Everything A Jazz Festival Should Be
Returning for a second year, (so far as I know) the UK’s only camping three-day weekend summer jazz festival saw a massive overhaul from its hugely successful debut last year. The festival site was much larger this year with bigger stages, a wider variety of stalls and a better atmosphere than ever!
Whilst the sun didn’t last all weekend, this did not dampen people’s spirits, although Sunday’s sunny day was definitely the busiest day of the festival. The walk in, walk out environment at all of the stages encouraged people to follow their ears and listen to what the liked the sound of, regardless of which stage it was on or who else was listening to it.
The best thing about the festival was seeing everybody from toddlers to pensioners all across the site having a great time, listening to great live music and feeling the love of Love Supreme. If you’re not into the serious jazz, there is plenty of soul, funk, R’n’B, hip-hop and many other sub-genres to enjoy, so be sure to book early for next year, because if it carries on the way it’s going, it could soon be one of the most popular festivals in the UK!
Six New Jazz Discoveries from Love Supreme 2014
Here are just some of the new artists who I discovered over the weekend who are well worth a listen:
Courtney Pine – A CBE awarded London saxophonist extraordinaire known for his upbeat arrangements, playful performance style and the many strange sounds be produces from his sax
Christian McBride Trio – A serious bassist with some of the fastest fingers in the business. Starting a long world tour with his performance in the UK at Love Supreme.
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