Glynde Place, East Sussex
From Nubya Garcia to Alfa Mist and Ezra Collective, UK acts frequently stole the show, but Mavis Staples bossed Sunday
A Love Supreme was John Coltrane’s fearless 1965 album that spirited jazz into uncharted territory. Six years young, the UK festival it inspired, which spreads over the lavish Glynde Place for a weekend, continues to live up to its name. Yes, there is a wine tent, a large “supremium” area cordoning off part of the site for VIPs, and more trilbies in the audience than a production of Bugsy Malone. But the peerless programme of funk, soul, jazz, global roots and disco riches is the mark of a festival where music comes first and, notably, where the best of UK jazz turns up the temperature on an already sweltering weekend.
If 2018 is the year the UK jazz scene took flight, then this festival is where it soars. Acts who appeared here two years ago are now drawing audiences twice the size, most of whom are in their 20s and sporting bucket hats and glitter beards, as on Saturday for east London pianist Alfa Mist.
Love Supreme festival review – UK jazz turns up the temperature