Love Saves the Day is one of Bristol’s first and best festivals of the summer. And boy, was it big.
This year was the most exciting edition of the festival yet. With new stages and a diverse range of acts, the 20,000 festival goers were in for a treat.
Making their way to the festival site of Eastville Park on Saturday were crowds of glittered faces, wavey garms and the occasional bucket hat. Bristol’s quirky hipster crowds were out in force and the energy was immense.
First stop was a trip to the main stage for Fatima Yamaha, widely known for his track What’s A Girl To Do. The Netherlands native put on a good show but the mainstage sound system could have been a lot louder.
It was history in the making at the Lost Garden stage hosted by LGBT party throwers Bitch Please, which was LSTD’s first ever gay stage.
The area was dressed well and added a completely new vibe to the festival mix. DJ Artwork was in full swing, with a flash mob directing the crowd in unison.
At one point, the music stopped and Artwork called for security to attend the DJ booth. Panic not, he simply demanded that the security guard “dance for me motherfucker!”. The crowd loved it and the music continued.
Shambarber stage was the next stop for anyone after another dose of sass. Partygoers danced on a raised stage with drag queens voguing on platforms.
A highlight of the day was catching Hunee work the crowd as the sun set over Eastville Park. Known for operating on his own terms, he provided utter musical joy with a sensational set of electronica, disco and Afrobeats.
Even the illusive Disco Bunny, last seen entertaining commuters on the centre, was spotted at the festival on Saturday, with his usual boundless energy.
On Sunday, the queues may have been longer and the crowd larger, but the vibes that pumped through the park were not comparable to that of Saturday.
It was either the rain or the mild hangover from the day before that dampened the mood.
What better way to get out of the rain and up the vibe than put on some skates and visit Bump Roller Disco? This was where Alfreso Disco’s J Morrison provided the beats and every second person managed to fall over, laughing as they once again hit the deck.
The most rule-bending act of the weekend was Mykki Blanco, a transgender rapper, performance artist and poet who infused a DJ set with performing arts, even climbing up the stage frame and dangling himself above the crowd.
Over on the main stage, headliner Fat Freddy’s Drop was a big booking by LSTD and for most people the main reason for purchasing a Sunday ticket.
The New Zealand seven-piece band filled the park with dub, reggae and soul. Blackbird boomed through the park and closed the festival on a high.
Considering recent events, huge credit must go to Team Love, security and the LSTD crew, with queuing and general security very well managed ensuring that festival goers were kept safe.
Love Saves The Day – in its own weird, wonderful and true Bristol fashion – was another fabulous Bank Holiday weekend.
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