Festival season has truly kicked off in style – with Love Saves the Day returning to Bristol’s Eastville park last weekend, for the 7th helping of glitter soaked raving and infectious dance bangers. Despite the looming threats of thunderstorms, the place was packed, with thousands of attendees donning their best outfits and heading down for a boogie.
This year’s line-up was as diverse as ever, with stages hosted by local promoters such as The Blast, Crack Magazine and Hold Tight – showcasing some of the underground talent that the South West is known for.
We arrived at the festival on Saturday and immediately followed the familiar sounds of sugary garage and pumping bass, winding up at the impressively lavish Lonely Hearts stage and being treated to great performances from Blast regulars Flava D and Skepsis. Craving some funky beats, we headed over to Centre Stage to catch the sexy disco-house stylings of Mall Grab, who made us all feel like we were dancing together at a mass pool-party, bringing some of the best vibes (and most fun!) I’ve ever had from a DJ set.
Keeping in touch with the Bristol culture, we had our obligatory skank at the Teachings In Dub tent, where the Abi-Shanti Soundsystem called home for the weekend. The bass levels were through the roof and this was owed to the impressive speaker setup, which sent killer vibrations through the tent.
Fatboy Slim proved to be an excellent headliner to end the day, proving that the veteran DJ has still got it. His performance was rife with 90’s rave nostalgia and homages to old school dance culture and seemed wholly engaged and present with the crowd throughout his 90-minute set. This was coupled with mesmerising visuals and big ecstasy-driven sounds proving the EDM master remains confidently on top of his game with no sign of slowing down.
Battling through the hangover (and the early rainfall) we started Sunday back at Centre Stage, to the drum & bass stylings of Dimension and Linguistics, hosted all day by RUN. It was great to so many enthusiastic and undeterred faces, with some immense energy matching that of the previous day.
Seeking out a more calming aura, we headed to Mabel on Main Stage – just in time to catch her biggest hits ‘Finders Keepers and ‘Fine Line’ and I’m still convinced it was her soothing and soulful voice that cured my hangover! Loyle Carner was performing next, bringing the positivity as he confidently rapped through his catalogue supported by friend and DJ Rebel Kleff.
Heading over to the Brouhana stage, we ended Sunday to the jungle sounds of the Shy FX Soundsystem. Providing a varied set which switched from rapid fire beats to heavy rolling melodies that left everyone wishing it didn’t have to end.
The festival truly represents what Bristol is all about, with such a diverse amount of people that all come together in a joint love of music. It’s no surprise Love Saves The Day continues to be the go-to attraction at the start of the British summer – Its certainly one I’ll be attending again next year.