With jazz legends Herbie Hancock and George Benson already confirmed for their only UK festival appearances at this year's fifth anniversary edition of the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, running from 30 June to 2 July, organisers have unveiled a strong line up of additional artists. Festival favourites returning to the event include Grammy Award winning artists Gregory Porter and Robert Glasper Experiment, while the core jazz programme is shaping up well. Names confirmed for this now include a welcome appearance by the explosive Michael Wollny Trio, hip US trumpeter Christian Scott, emerging vocal talent Charenée Wade, adventurous bassist Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift band, leftfield jazz drummer Makaya McCraven and hotly-tipped drums-keyboard duo Yussef Kamaal.
Prolific saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings has his own mini-fest within the festival making three appearances with his new group The Ancestors, his Mercury-nominated electro-charged trio Comet Is Coming and sax-tuba-drums-driven Sons of Kemet. Further jazz names include feisty Manchester trio Mammal Hands; hip hop influences pianist Ashley Henry's Trio; groove-led Hot 8 Brass Band; Canadian fusioneers BadBadNotGood and the Clare Teal Mini Big Band. Soul headliners now include acclaimed UK singer Laura Mvula, Motown icons The Jacksons (who appear as part of their 50th anniversary tour), neo-soul vocalist Nao; Alabama-based soul group St Paul & the Broken Bones; singer-songwriter Jordan Rakei and funk-edged Lee Fields & The Expressions.
With Jazzwise as media partner, the greenfield festival takes place in the idyllic South Downs countryside and allows for on-site camping, and luxury glamping, all weekend with an extensive selection of international food stalls, bars, jazz record and merchandise stands, children's play area and fun fair all within the festival arena.
– Mike Flynn
Day passes and weekend tickets are available now from www.lovesupremefestival.com