Love Saves the Day celebrated its 5 year anniversary last weekend, commemorating the milestone in spectacularly sunny fashion with a 5000 strong takeover at Bristol’s Eastville Park.
Saturday highlights consisted of Joy Orbison @ Paradiso, High Contrast @ Arcadia and of course headliners Hot Chip. That said, Shambarber’s was my go-to stage of the day, managing to maintain an intimate vibe despite it being open air – pretty rare at a festival the size of Love Saves. The likes of Teak, Dirtytalk and Slixdisco kept the crowd lively here, sounding out house and techno tunes all day long.
As expected, new kid on the block Arcadia went down a storm. The line-up boasted everyone from Roni Size to Redlight to Chase & Status, and the pyrotechnics were on point – hopefully a regular fixture at Love Saves in the future.
The sun seemed to intensify on the Sunday, drawing an even bigger crowd. As always, day 2 catered to a slightly different audience with Grime, DnB and Hip Hop dominating the landscape.
My Sunday highlight was Chinese Man, who exceeded all expectations during their stint on the Mainstage. The French hip-hop collective played a funky set edged with electro, dropping “I’ve Got That Tune” at the peak of their performance. Comprising of the Marseilles DJ Zé Mateo and High Ku and the beatmakers SLY and Leolebug, the four piece are big in France but relatively unheard of in the UK – I can see that changing.
Elsewhere at the festival, a secret ball pit rave masquerading as a tattoo parlour resulted in mass hysteria among those who managed to gain entry. The tropical tatt sported by the lucky few was the secret symbol, just FYI…
As always, the event was a sell-out, and it seemed busier than ever – I can see the site up-sizing in the next year or two to accommodate the sheer volume of people. Still, Love Saves is without a doubt one of the best weekend festival experiences in the UK – here’s to another 5 years.
Team Love’s next escapade is in Croatia at the end of this month, to find out more about Love International take a look here.