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"This is a one-off clash between two of the big current British jazz bands," Paul from Bristol explains to NME. He's standing at the back of the Wormhole, a dungeon-like room situated near the Park stage which holds maybe 100 people. Like the rest, Paul is here to see a sound-clash between Sons of Kemet and Ezra Collective, two of the UK's most exciting jazz acts, who each played their own sets this weekend. There isn't a body not dancing to the frenzied, pulsing freeform rhythms of the two bands on stage. "I've been coming to Glastonbury for 30 years," Paul says, "I've worked on the West Holts stage for a long time so I've seen a lot of jazz and the related music over the years at Glastonbury, [but] not quite in the same way as this."

The 2019 edition of Glastonbury features an incredible amount of jazz musicians. Though the focus may be on Kamasi Washington's Sunday evening set at the West Holts stage, the line-up of UK artists should also be heralded.

The four-piece group Sons Of Kemet played at the Park Stage a day after rising South London collective Steam Down. Ezra Collective, the in-demand five-piece band, played to a crowd of thousands at the West Holts stage; a reflection of what three-piece cosmic jazz group Comet is Coming similarly achieved on the first day. Kokoroko, who are slowly starting to earn their own plaudits, round out the acts alongside underrated keys player Joe Armon Jones heading his own trio.   photo: Jenna Foxton