The 2017 Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which runs from 30 June to 2 July, marks its milestone fifth edition in style with two of jazz's biggest living legends set to appear in the form of iconic keyboardist Herbie Hancock and revered guitarist/singer George Benson. Hancock's appearance will be his only UK festival date next year, when he is also due to return with his first full album since his 2010 collaborative vocal-led recording, The Imagine Project, the new music rumoured to be produced by Robert Glasper and feature collaborations with electronica guru Flying Lotus and bassist Thundercat. Set to bring his full electric band to the festival, Hancock commented: "I'm looking forward to playing at Love Supreme Festival in Sussex next year with some new music that I'm working on and a new approach on some of my older tunes."
Meanwhile, 73-year-old, 10-time Grammy Award-winning guitar virtuoso Benson's recent albums Guitar Man and Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole have seen once more favour his formidable guitar work more prominently alongside his rich-toned vocals. Love Supreme has grown steadily each year, with the 2016 event seeing some 22,000 people attend the festival across the weekend, it's now the focal point of the UK summer jazz calendar with its strong mix of new jazz talent, credible crossover artists, jazz legends and soul-funk headliners.
Set in the idyllic, picturesque location of the South Downs, the festival site features a wide selection of bars, international food stalls, jazz record and merchandise stands, children's play area and fun fair. Day passes and weekend tickets, including on-site camping and luxury glamping options, are available now from www.lovesupremefestival.com
– Mike Flynn