The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is returning to Glynde Place, East Sussex for 2018 and this week announced an impressive lineup of artists who will be performing at the summer event.

In 2017, the UK’s only major greenfield jazz festival boasted capacity crowds of 40,000 over the weekend and looks to break this record with an expansive, far-reaching bill of stars from across the jazz and soul spectrum.

George Clinton in Blue Suit plays Hop Farm 2012 (Photographer Simon Jay Price)

Joining the already announced Sunday headliners Earth, Wind & Fire are iconic UK songwriter Elvis Costello, former Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith frontman Steve Winwood and one of music’s definitive funk bands George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Other notable performers are Tom Misch, the trailblazing South London singer and producer, gospel legend Mavis Staples, afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, and heavyweight acoustic jazz outfit Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter Trio.

Gospel legend Mavis Staples (Simon Jay Price)

Love Supreme is well known for its carefully curated and varied line up. Hailed by The Guardian as “the British jazz world’s Glastonbury”, the festival will once again reflect the ever-growing popularity of the contemporary UK jazz scene by presenting a varied selection of homegrown acts including Moses Boyd Exodus, Ezra Collective, Zara McFarlane, Nubya Garcia, Yazz Ahmed and Alfa Mist amongst others.

The festival will also feature Atlanta-based rising soul star Curtis Harding, Malian desert-blues four-piece Songhoy Blues and innovative US trumpeter Keyon Harrold, called upon to conjure up the sound of Miles Davis for the Grammy-winning ‘Miles Ahead’ soundtrack. Soul great PP Arnold, who made an acclaimed return in 2017 after a 50-year hiatus and LA-based neo-soul outfit Moonchild will perform over the weekend, alongside Mr Jukes (AKA Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman), the Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet, and spiritual soul man Dwight Trible, who revisits his collaboration with the Gondwana Orchestra.

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It’s a varied and exciting line up, with another wave of acts to be announced, and promises to be a memorable weekend; as usual, Love Supreme is not to be missed. Festival Director Ciro Romano says “Jazz is in a special place at the moment and our aim with Love Supreme is to mirror its ability to push boundaries, defy trends and attract new audiences. We’re incredibly proud of this year’s line-up and feel confident that we’re reflecting the breadth of the current jazz scene and the influence it’s having across the music world.”

As well as a first class lineup, the festival offers a wide range of options to suit varied tastes. This includes the Verve Jazz Lounge, which will present a range of talks, panel discussions, film screenings and exclusive performances. If you’re taking the kids, Love Supreme has it covered with a dedicated area featuring a huge bouncy castle, swing dance lessons, a vintage funfair and early morning family yoga and swing classes. For the foodies there’s a high quality dining option – The Lazy Bird Kitchen – a long-table-style banqueting restaurant working closely with local artisan producers.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival (Simon Jay Price)

With its unique setting in the South Downs, a forward-thinking programme and friendly, relaxed atmosphere, The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top music festivals and returns this summer for it’s 6th edition.

The full line up to date is:

Earth Wind & Fire, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Steve Winwood, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Tom Misch, Mavis Staples, Mr Jukes, Dave Holland Zakir Hussain Chris Potter Trio, Portico Quartet, Tony Allen, Songhoy Blues, James Taylor Quartet, Curtis Harding, Moses Boyd Exodus, Moonchild, Keyon Harrold, Ezra Collective, Zara McFarlane, PP Arnold, Nubya Garcia, Yazz Ahmed, Alfa Mist, Dwight Trible & Gondwana Orchestra, Barney Artist, Rohey, Samuel Eagles Spirit, Leo Richardson Quartet, Tal Gamlieli Trio.

Love Supreme takes place from 29 June – 1 July 2018.

Tickets: www.lovesupremefestival.com

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