Amongst the names confirmed so far for the expansive 2022 line-up are neo-soul superstar Erykah Badu (performing her only UK show of 2022), one of the biggest-selling female R&B groups of all time TLC, US soul queen Candi Staton and disco legends Sister Sledge.
A heavyweight line-up of acts from the UK's thriving jazz, R&B and soul scenes will include Tom Misch, Lianne La Havas, Ezra Collective, Franc Moody, The Brand New Heavies, Emma-Jean Thackray, Matthew Halsall, Nala Sinephro and Sarathy Korwar.
The leading lights of international jazz will also feature in the form of Blue Note guitarist Julian Lage, the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke and master US saxophonists Charles Lloyd, Gary Bartz and Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Lloyd makes his debut at the festival with a band featuring guitarist Bill Frisell,
Bartz will be teaming up with London six-piece Maisha to perform music from their acclaimed Night Dreamer Direct To Disc sessions, and Mahanthappa brings his incendiary fusion of western and Indian traditions.
More artists will be announced in due course including DJs, afterparties and cabaret.
Additional offerings at the festival will include a wellness and yoga area, secret swimming, organized hill walks across the South Downs, a host of activities aimed at children, the return of the long-table-style banqueting restaurant Lazy Bird Kitchen, the Supremium VIP area, which will offer a range of premium benefits plus the opportunity to watch exclusive artist performances, and the Jazz Lounge, which will present a range of artist interviews, talks, panel discussions and film screenings.
The festival will also see the return of an expanded Bands & Voices area, which presents cabaret, spoken word and swing dance lessons, and nestled away in the woods the Blue In Green area presents live music and DJs late into the night.