The Telegraph described it as the jazz answer the Glastonbury, as Jazz FM’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival attracted 22,000 fans.
The station broadcast live from the event, which took place last weekend at Glynde Place on the Sussex Downs.
Nigel Williams’ Afternoon Drive kicked off Jazz FM’s festival programme in the Jazz FM Routemaster emblazoned in the chameleon logo beside the Main Stage at 3pm on Friday as campers arrived on-site and the first acts got ready on the bandstand.
Nigel was joined with fellow presenters Chris Philips, John Osborne and Jeff Young getting the audience in a festival mood with their Funky Sensation party.
On Saturday and Sunday, all programming was also live from the site. As well as Chris Philips and Jeff Young, Peter Young’s Saturday show came live from the festival for the first time, James Torme flew in from Los Angeles exclusively to present his Sunday Afternoon programme and Lynn Parsons wrapped up the day with the highlights including stage performances and festival conversations with some of the line-up.
Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts said of the weekend “For every jazz fan at Love Supreme, there were hundreds at home who were not; unable to experience the likes of Chaka Khan, Sir Van Morrison, Hugh Masekela and others or engulf themselves in the sun drenched atmosphere. However, through the intimate medium of radio, we were able to take the festival experience in its entirety to the listeners. And what a weekend it was!”
Jazz FM, and its founder Richard Wheatly were honoured at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards this week, being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.