By Cameron Abdullah
The only festival of its calibre and kind, Love Supreme Jazz Festival boasts an incredible lineup and venue to match. From June 29th – July 1st, Glynde Place in East Sussex will be alive with some of the best Jazz, Soul and Funk the world has to offer.
Conceived in the mind of Ciro Romano, Love Supreme Festival is a cross of famous European jazz festivals, like North Sea Jazz and Montreux, with the culture of the UK camping music festivals, meaning it’s going to be one hell of a great time. With four stages – all hosting different elements of the jazz scene, ranging from international contemporary artists at the Main Stage all the way down to the finest jazz in East Sussex and Brighton at The Bandstand – you’ll never be at a loss for something to enjoy… or you’ll find yourself pulling your hair out over the sheer amount of choice. After all, there must be a reason The Independent describes it as “a Woodstock moment for British Jazz”.
Previously hosting artists such as Gregory Porter, Bryan Ferry, Robert Glasper, and Snarky Puppy, 2018’s lineup is on par with, if not excelling, previous years, Boasting the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Tony Allen, and soon-to-be UK household name Tom Misch.
We, here at Off Licence Magazine, would like to spotlight a few of our favourite performing artists from the self-proclaimed “heavyweight lineup.”
Saxophonist Nubya Garcia is at the forefront of the London Jazz scene Revival. Her 2017 album “Nubya’s 5ive” combines promising talent from all over London to create an effortless groove of silk and grit that toys with emotions and ideas familiar to all of us.
Ezra Collective, a five-piece also hailing from London, are making huge waves throughout the UK Jazz scene with a fresh sound synonymous with London, whilst nodding towards afrobeat and hip-hop influences.
Finally, Moonchild, an LA-based trio whose deep, delicate grooves seem to transcend this world. With wandering keys and ethereal vocals, Moonchild definitely aren’t ones to miss.
And if none of this tantalizes you enough, Love Supreme Festival also offers lectures, panels, classical album playbacks, dance classes, and films. It’s safe to say that Love Supreme is less of a festival and more of an experience.