Love Supreme is Europe’s largest outdoor jazz festival, and its tenth edition returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex this summer between Friday 30 June and Sunday 2 July.
Little Simz will make her Love Supreme debut when she headlines the Saturday, and it’s fair to say she’s been in a scintillating run of form. Less than 15 months from the release of her Mercury Prize– and joint MOBO Award-winning album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Simz dropped the impressive NO THANK YOU at the end of last year – a ten-track album that aims at the music industry.
Closing the festival the following day, meanwhile, is fellow powerhouse and fashion icon Grace Jones, who returns to Love Supreme following her headline set in 2016. Her appearance will come a year after her acclaimed curation of Southbank’s annual Meltdown series.
The list of names also freshly added to the Love Supreme 2023 line-up isn’t half bad, either. They include four-time Brit Award winner Emeli Sandé; drummer and bandleader Yussef Dayes; South London’s neo-soul artist Greentea Peng; US funk big band Tower of Power, three-time Grammy nominated US vocalist Jazzmeia Horn; RnB singer Yaya Bey; and one of the most celebrated British jazz musicians of all time, Courtney Pine CBE.
These celebrated artists add to a chorus of announced respectable names, including Thundercat, Gabriels, Pip Millett, and Obongjayar. More acts are also set to be announced at a later stage.
Shalamar will also be playing hits from their popular 80s catalogue as part of their 40th-anniversary celebrations, whilst Candi Staton, the RnB singer behind the enduring hit ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ will be making an appearance as part of her final UK shows.
As well as the musical offerings, Love Supreme 2023 also offers various wholesome activities, including a wellness and yoga area, secret swimming, organised hill walks across the South Downs and a long-table-style banqueting restaurant.
The festival will also see the return of an expanded Bands & Voices area, which presents cabaret, spoken word and swing dance lessons, whilst, in the woodlands, the Blue In Green area offers live music and DJs late into the night.