For its fourth year, Love Saves The Day returns to Bristol for another two-day festival this May Bank Holiday. It’s the brainchild of a collective with deep-seated roots in festivals, live music and club culture. Having ‘spent days lugging soundsystems through muddy fields and nights spent on sweatbox dance floors’, members of the team made up the forces behind Glastonbury’s Wow! Stage, the In:Motion series and Global Gathering, acquiring the knowledge and experience that makes the festival such a success. LSTD gels global pioneering artists with the city’s cherished musical institutions in a celebration of all things hedonistic.
Whilst last year Castle Park played host to names such as Nina Kravitz, Jamie XX and Todd Terje, Team Love have cranked it up a notch with a 2015 lineup unmatched by other springtime events, in its new home at Eastville Park. Headlining the Saturday is Jessie Ware, who is joined on the main stage by Groove Armada and Bristol’s own Julio Bashmore. Shanti Celeste, Shamir and George Fitzgerald accompany the transition from day to night, with Tale of Us, Âme and Craig Richards providing thumping techno beats after the sun sets. The next day, Azealia Banks brings Broke With Expensive Taste to the headline slot, supported by Ratking, Kelela and Roni Size Reprazent Live. Rich in bass-laden grime and garage, Sunday also plays host to Skepta, Stormzy and DJ EZ, all set to deliver floor-rattling cuts with re-winds aplenty, and dub and reggae fans can anticipate pure sunshine from Channel One Sound System all day long. Crack Magazine have also curated a stage that flaunts a diverse selection of dance heavyweights; expect an unpredictable but always distinctive set from Four Tet, rhythmic and ambient techno from Daniel Avery, and masterful turntablism from Floating Points.
Love Saves The Day blends Bristol’s inner-city underground culture against a sun-kissed setting to start your summer right. It may still be in its youth, but the curatorial genius of the team behind it guarantees the ultimate Bank Holiday party. For more information on the festival, don’t hesitate to visit the website. If you’re convinced, tickets can be found here.
Words: Josie Roberts