Love Saves The Day celebrated its second anniversary on a sun soaked bank holiday weekend in Castle Park. With a more modern electronic music theme than the festival’s Sunday counterpart, came a larger and younger, more exuberant crowd.
A sellout, all six stages were constantly busy with artists like Applebottom and Deetron spreading the crowds across the smaller venues. The Digital Soundboy stage was on top form all day, with Bristolians Woz and Bromley playing a show stopping set with tunes aplenty. Check them out. The stage continued to impress throughout the day, with Shy FX and Mensah dropping some of their biggest hits.
House was the order of the day over at the Just Jack and Futureboogie stages. Bristol local Eats Everything played a barnstormer on the Just Jack stage, which was nestled in the far corner of the festival amongst the trees, but my personal favourites were Bicep. The Northern Irish duo played for an hour and a half at the Futureboogie stage, though it felt more like a minute and a half such was the intensity of the set.
But the festival was about a lot more than just the music, hours of attention and detail had gone in to transforming the look of the park. The mounds of sequins, glitter, and quirky attractions completely changed the feel of Castle Park, with party goers revelling in the atmosphere.
The best creation of the festival had to be the Dance Off, which consisted of a boxing ring in front of a stage in a surprisingly secluded part of the festival. Oneman played as the sun was setting, with his mix of old classics and new beats providing ample excuse for everybody and anybody to throw themselves around the ring.
And what of the headliners? They certainly didn’t disappoint. With the main stage absolutely packed for Bonobo I decided to hang back and watch afar from a hill. It was the right choice, what could be better than lying in the sun with a Cider and Bonobo’s sweet symphonic sound floating over? The only shame was his set being cut as he was due at another festival. Bondax were another not to miss earlier in the day, and Rudimental played an incredible closing set that was only matched by an equally incredible light show.
Lots of work had been done to ensure the event shone out among the many other festivals Bristol has to offer, and it was noticeable to say the least. The festival had an extraordinary feel to it, with good vibes from everyone; workers and festival goers. I for one, cannot wait until next year.
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