Festival Preview: Love Supreme


For a summer festival with a jazzy vibe, head to Love Supreme in Glynde Park.

Now in its sixth year and regarded as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe, Love Supreme has established itself as the go-to festival for jazz-heads – and anyone who appreciates their music with a dash of soul, funk or disco.

Headliners this year are Gladys Knight (minus the pips) on Saturday 6 July and Lauryn Hill on Sunday 7 July.  Other notable mentions include the Cinematic Orchestra, Jimmy Cliff, Sampa the Great, Madeleine Peyroux and Jamie Callum. The festival kick starts on Friday 5 June with acts and DJs playing in the evening.

The Jacksons on stage at Love Supreme

Despite having just one solo studio album to her name, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, released almost 21 years ago, Hill has maintained an almost cult-like status among fans and recording artists too. Janelle Monae is quoted as saying that as a child she bought two copies of the album because: “I had a feeling I would wear out one and I wanted a back-up.” After not touring for years, Hill is doing the rounds this summer and will play at Glastonbury the week before. Love Supreme offers an altogether easier option to see the hip-hop legend, with day tickets, and weekend camping tickets STILL available.

Like any music festival worth its wellingtons, Love Supreme in Glynde Park, Sussex offers more than just music to its punters though. There’s the now almost expected range of activities from salsa classes to spoken word and cabaret acts; morning yoga sessions and a foodie village.

For an alternative to the inevitable falafel vans and wood-fired-oven pizza trucks, book breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Lazy Bird Kitchen. Diners sit at supper club-style long tables and the set breakfast menu includes the intriguing-sounding breakfast trifle made up of avocado puree, Greek yoghurt and Bloody Mary jelly; the lunch and dinner set menu features cucumber macaroons, carpaccio vegetable ribbons and rhubarb cheesecake.

Rough Trade meanwhile  is setting up shop at the festival and there’s also a kids’ section and a wellbeing area with massages available to book.

Not so-typical is the on-site swimming pool with morning swims available to book (subject to availability). This year campers will also be able to access hill walks through the beautifully panoramic South Downs.

Camping weekend tickets from £179 pp standard; £99 per junior; £390 for a standard family pass. Weekend ticket (not camping) from £154 pp standard; £99 per junior Day tickets: from £64.90 pp. For more information and tickets, visit www.lovesupremefestival.comLazy Bird Kitchen breakfasts £27.50; lunch and dinner £38.50. All prices include booking fees.