Love Supreme Festival

Published On July 9, 2013 | By Tom Sayer | Music & Nightlife Reviews & Previews

Festival weather is always sketchy at best in a country where April can bring snowstorms and heat waves alike, but so far in 2013 the jazz festivals have brought out the best of the sunshine. Having witnessed a glorious week of blue skies at Cheltenham Jazz Festival earlier this spring, the scorching temperatures of Love Supreme seemed an unlikely follow on which the audience met with open arms, suntan lotion and picnic rugs.

The short walk from Glynde station through the lovely village to the festival site was a conga line of excited music lovers from all walks of life, united by their appreciation of jazz. The site itself was quite modestly sized with three arenas and a bandstand, the usual range of quirky food stalls and a helter-skelter in the middle of the site, which was doubtlessly used by many as the meeting place. For people who hadn’t been to festivals before, it was definitely a good one to get started with as everything is very manageable, laid back and accessible. There was never too much going on but there was always something interesting to have a listen to, a perfect balance. My friend returned from Glastonbury and saw this festival as a nice detox from the madness!

The line-up was very mixed, providing a wide range of artists across all of the different sub-genres of jazz, from the heavyweight popular tracks by Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to the Classical/Rock ‘n’Roll fusion of Italian piano-man Matthew Lee; from the cinematic soundscapes of Terence Blanchard to funk/soul from fresh-faced FreshSteps. For those of you who aren’t necessarily into heavy experimental jazz, don’t worry! There was not a sign of pretention at this family-friendly festival, where everyone was quite content relaxing with a few drinks and doing their own thing in the glorious sunshine.

As someone quite newly interested in the jazz scene, I admit that I had not heard of many of the artists before attending Love Supreme, but without any real agenda or direction I simply followed my ears to find what was right for me and I was never disappointed. My personal highlights of the Sunday were Gregory Porter, Clementine Douglas, Terence Blanchard and Brand New Heavies.

Coming away from the festival I have a day of great memories, a small pile of red orbs which the Grand Mariner cocktails were served in, and a long playlist of new artists to check out so that I am up to speed for next year’s festival, which following the success of its first year is sure to be packed!

WORDS by Tom Sayer

About The Writer

Tom Sayer is a Music and Creative Writing graduate from Bangor University, born and raised in Hove. After completing an MA in Composition for Film he returned to his hometown and dived back into the local music scene, seeking out the best and freshest music to write about for welovebrighton. Tom's musical interests range from Acoustic and Indie to Film Music and Jazz and he hopes to one day write for a music magazine, so feel free to send in your job offers!