Review: Love Saves the Day FestivalBy Eleanor Downing
This year’s sunny May bank holiday brought Bristol’s Love Saves the Day festival back to Eastville Park and with it a whole host of wonderful acts, revellers and good vibes.
As it is situated in a local park the festival site itself was relatively small, making it an extremely intimate and accessible festival. With a capacity of just 5,000 people for each day, the lively yet manageable crowds were a refreshing change from the usual intensity of larger festivals.
Love Saves the Day boasted an impressive nine stages despite its compact set up, though some of these were much smaller than others, the line-up was pretty DJ dominated. Personal favourites from the weekend were TCTS who delivered a solid house set at the Cloud 9 stage on Saturday afternoon, Groove Armada who owned the main stage on Saturday evening with a mix of classic tracks and new material, Grandmaster Flash who headlined the main stage on Sunday with his usual mix of hip-hop, reggae, soul and disco and Chloe Martini who played a chilled out set to slightly weary crowds on Sunday afternoon at the Apocolypso stage. Other brilliant DJs performing across the weekend included Kidnap Kid, George Fitzgerald, Patrick Topping, Jackmaster and Tale of Us.
Additionally there were plenty of bars with drinks costing around £4 a pop, your usual festival price, plenty of food stalls from chippies, Mexican, pies, burgers and wraps. Other quirky additions to the site were the blow-up church situated next to a tent full of dresses where you could dress up and ‘get married’.
Hammocks were available to relax in at the ‘swingers bar’ next-door to an array of arts and crafts tents and vintage clothing boutiques. Among the smaller stages was the Bump Roller Disco stage comprising of a fully functioning roller disco blasting out tunes and the Dance Off Stage where members of the crowd (usually drunk members) danced it out.
Staff at Loves Saves the Day were all extremely friendly and helpful and the festival was also very eco-friendly. There were constant litter pickers around and the ‘Love Saves Tomorrow’ cup scheme meant that instead of bars supplying disposable plastic cups, you paid a pound for a reusable plastic cup that you would then go back and swap every time you bought a drink, or you could just keep it as a memento!
My only criticism would be that the acts could have been spread out better. The majority of the bigger acts and headliners were on Saturday and tended to all be on last at the same time across the stages meaning there were a lot of clashes. There were plenty of earlier slots, particularly on Sunday, where there wasn't much was going on, that could’ve been filled better.
Overall though Love Saves the Day was an exceptionally easy, accessible, intimate and affordable festival with a relaxed, carefree and fun atmosphere and crowd.