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.
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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