Back with a bang, Love Saves the Day marked the official start of Summer last weekend, with the annual 5000-strong descent upon Bristol’s Eastville Park.
An ever-changing weather forecast kept revellers in suspense but as Saturday rolled around, the blue skies made an appearance & the tops were off. (Have you even been to a British festival if you haven’t seen 64378 T-shirt tans?)
Saturday partygoers were treated to a mix of house, techno & allllll the dancing. The Lost Gardens provided a super cool hangout where the likes of Artwork Mainstage and Zenzero got the party started in amongst the epic forest-like surroundings. Elsewhere, Cloud 9 was occupied by Waze & Odyssey who kept the energy up throughout their 5-7pm set – a subtle drop of ‘I want you’ was a festival highlight.
Guernsey boy, Mura Masa absolutely dominated the mainstage, appeasing the crowd with a mix of electronic vibes in amongst dancehall & trap music – a signature sound we’ve grown to know and love him for. The whole place erupted into song when ‘1 night’ dropped.
Before we knew it, Sunday was in session and despite a bit of cloud, it was another beaut of a day (to begin with at least…).
A few Sunday clashes meant that some careful planning was in order, but ease of navigation around the site meant that getting to and from the stages was relatively stress-free.
Shy FX took to the main stage at 4.30, cramming endless bangers into his hour-long set. ‘Feelings’ as always went down a storm.
In amongst all the Bass, Grime & bashment; Shambarber kept the disco vibes going all day. Even the heavens opening didn’t have people ducking for cover.
As the evening drew on, the mighty clash was looming; Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kano and DJ Hype B2B Hazard – ouch. By some miracle, we managed to catch all 3 stages, starting with Fat Freddy’s Drop at mainstage who did not disappoint. The 7-man band’s stage presence was infectious – the crowd mirroring their every movement.
Just a few hundred yards away, Arcadia was in full swing, the unmistakable sound of Skibadee taking over the mic to accompany Hype & Hazard on the decks. Drum & Bass veterans had Arcadia surrounded, hypnotised by the infamous pyrotechnics & fire show.
Last-up, Cloud 9 to see Kano. Most of his set was his newest material, with a couple of old classics like P’s & Q’s thrown in. Those holding out for tracks from Kano’s ‘Home Sweet Home’ era may have been disappointed but the grime heads were in their element.
Now as we know, Love Saves is about so much more than just the music, and entertainment was not in short supply…
The secret tattoo parlour ball pit party (yeah, that’s right) was in session again this year. You might remember my recommendation from last year, suggesting you request a pineapple tattoo…
The roller disco, parade, inflatable church, glitter stalls, Ferris wheel (which provides THE best view of the festival), boutiques, fashion, people, all contribute to making LSTD our pick of the day festivals in the UK – and it’s is only getting better each year.
Festival formula on lock down, Love Saves The Day, we Love you.
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