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Jazz Festival reigns supreme

The Argus: Jazz Festival reigns supreme Jazz Festival reigns supreme

Music lovers gathered for a weekend of sun, saxophones and scat-singing.

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival returned to Glynde Place for a weekend of the very best of jazz music.

With plenty of classic funk, soul and blues alongside modern DJs and other cutting-edge artists there was something for everyone as the music lovers basked in the sun – with only a few drops of drizzle to dampen spirits.

The four stages saw a spectrum of styles set against the backdrop of the Elizabethan manor house just outside of Lewes in the South Downs.

Headlined by singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum on Saturday and American hip-hop trio De La Soul on Sunday, attendees had plenty to choose from throughout the weekend.

Despite only being in its second year, the weekend saw its audience grow by 50 per cent with around 10,000 flocking to the field each day.

Organiser Ciro Romano said: “It has been a really great weekend, really successful and there has been even more people than last year.

“Friday was fantastic, everyone got to pitch their tents in the sun, Saturday was a bit cloudy with a little bit of rain but Sunday was absolutely lovely.

“Jamie Cullum did a fantastic headline performance, he has great stage craft.

“We had Kris Bowers in the big top as well, and Laura Judd – they have been my three highlights so far.”

He added: “We are probably up around 50 per cent on sales – all the hard work we did last year really helped us.

“People have come back and told their friends about Love Supreme and there has been a general good feeling.

“It has been great.

“I am really proud of the festival and it feels like we give people something slightly different.

“There is a lot of jazz, soul and funk and we are very particular about the programme – making sure all the great jazz names get prime position.”

He called the festival’s South Down’s setting stunning and praised the support of Lord Francis Hampden – owner of Glynde Place.

Mr Romano promised that the festival will return next year.

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