A host of high profile acts have been added to the line-up for Jazz FM's Love Supreme Jazz Festival including alternative hip hop pioneers De La Soul, who will play songs from their illustrious 25-year career as a full 10 piece live band, Irish rockabilly star Imelda May, showcasing music from her brand new album Tribal, and acid jazz legends Incognito, who will play a hit laden set to mark their 35th anniversary.
With a world-class programme that already boasts the likes of multi-million-selling Grammy and Golden Globe winner Jamie Cullum, double Brit Award nominee Laura Mvula, a special 25th anniversary show from legendary R&B outfit Soul Ii Soul, and man of the moment, the Grammy-winning Gregory Porter, the acclaimed 3-day event is standing out from the crowd with a uniquely varied selection of music from an incredible array of international stars.
Other additions to the bill include a string of highly regarded vocalists including the prodigious Nikki Yanofsky, who headlined the Montreal Jazz Festival when she was just 12 years old; James Torm', Jazz FM presenter and son of legendary jazz singer Mel Torm'; and the MOBO-nominatedNatalie Williams, who will be performing with both her jazz quartet and wildly popular Soul Family band. The festival will also present a broad selection of cutting edge contemporary jazz and joining the bill this month are jazz-punk sextet Melt Yourself Down, Blue Note trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, forward-thinking piano trio Phronesis, the meditative rising trumpet star Matthew Halsall, revered New York drummer Jaimeo Brown and future stars of the UK scene Reuben James Trio, Slowly Rolling Camera and Mammal Hands.
Festival Director Ciro Romano: "I am really pleased to have artists like De La Soul, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula & Imelda May at the festival this year - they are perfect main stage performers for Love Supreme. De La Soul's full band set is something to behold. This together with jazz legends such as Dave Holland, the current mainstream success of jazz acts like Gregory Porter, cutting edge contemporary jazz like Melt Yourself Down, and the best of the future stars of the UK scene is what makes the festival so unique."
Set against the stunning backdrop of Glynde Place in East Sussex, Jazz FM's Love Supreme is the UK's only major green field jazz festival and takes place over the weekend of the 4th, 5th and 6th July 2014. Returning this year are three of the highlights of last year's festival, Brighton's Jazz Rooms Soundsystem, who will wrap the festival up in style on the Sunday night, the welcome return of the popular Grand Marnier Hidden Charm Bar, and the Funky Sensation DJs, who will once again get festival goers warmed up on the Friday alongside a range of local live music acts.
Love Supreme Festival has teamed up with Matua to provide an additional stage at the festival with themed days for Saturday and Sunday - more information to follow in due course.
With more artists to be announced, the line-up as it stands is:
Saturday 5th July:
Dave Holland's Prism
Melt Yourself Down
Natalie Williams' Soul Family
Reuben James Trio
Natalie Williams (Solo)
Ollie Howell Quintet
Jazz Fm Competition Winner
Sunday 6th July:
De La Soul (with full live band)
Soul II Soul
Christian McBride Trio
Slowly Rolling Camera
Jazz Rooms Soundsystem
Tickets for the festival are on sale now:
3 Day Weekend (inc. camping) - Adults 125 / Juniors (6-17) 70
3 Day Weekend (exc. camping) - 110
Day Tickets - Adults 55 / Juniors 30
Children 5 years and younger are free
Car Park - 10
Campervan pitch - 50