|~ Love Supreme Jazz Festival ~|
Glynde Place, Glynde
Weekend Camping £125
Weekend Non-Camping £110
Day Tickets £55
Feathers in your hair, sequinned leggings, wellington boots, wet wipes (optional), sun cream, anorak, check. Your rucksack is packed, your bus is waiting for you, but wait a minute, there’s one thing missing, your ticket! With festivals bursting up out of the ground every weekend from May to October you haven’t been able to decide which one to choose. Don’t despair, throughout the summer I'll be bringing you my pick of the festivals, serving you the juiciest and crucial information you need and want to know about festivals I think stands out amongst the rest.
This week I’m bringing you Love Supreme Jazz Festival, a cool, funky festival situated in the grounds of Glynde Place in the South Downs. The vast national park rolling away from you into the distance while a mixture of soothing and body popping live music is played to you from one of the four stages. This is a small but perfectly formed festival with a wide range of music on offer, bars, food stalls, as well as the champagne and oyster bar for those who are feeling lavish, and if you can’t wait to get home until you buy the music that you’ve heard then there’s a record shop, as well as a bookshop and of course, the obligatory feature for a festival, a helter skelter.
Now in its second year Love Supreme has returned with a line-up that will drag the most reluctant Brightonian out of the city and into the countryside, and with shuttle buses running from Brighton to the festival for a small fee of £11 there aren’t many excuses you can give for not going. The line-up has been causing a stir amongst the music lovers of Brighton and it has definitely been the topic of discussion. On the Saturday and Sunday the main stage will be performed on by the likes of Laura Mvula, Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay, Alice Russell, Courtney Pine (who creates an electric atmosphere, he is a must see), Soul II Soul, Imelda May and De La Soul with a full live band. And if that isn’t enough then from the Friday evening you can start your festival experience with music from King Porter Stomp (a Brighton favourite), and a late club night with Jazz FMs Funky Sensation. Brighton based Afro-beat band Kalakuta Millionaires will also be taking over the bandstand on the Saturday. If you’ve never witnessed this band live before then you are in for a treat.
If you are at the festival for the whole weekend then you will be able to pitch your tent in the camping area, which is only a matter of yards from the entertainment, but if you would rather walk back to London than camp, then save yourself the walk and look at one of the many other accommodation options. First of all there’s the very fashionable option of glamping, unfortunately the tents offered by Bluebell tents were so appealing that they’ve sold out! If you have treated yourself and bought a VIP camping ticket then this gives you access to VIP camping facilities, or the nearby town of Lewes has a variety of B&Bs and hotels, which can be found on the festival’s website.
I chose this festival to share with you for many reasons; it is just a stones throw away from London and Brighton, it’s in an inspiring location, it offers a little something for every type of festival goer and of course, the line-up is one of epic proportions attracting my full attention from the moment I heard that De La Soul were coming to town! See you soon!
By Rosie Davis