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Annual Bristol dance music festival secures new licence

By stephen sumner, Friday Nov 22, 2019

Love Saves The Day has secured a licence to bring nearly 40,000 revellers to Ashton Court in 2021.

Festival organisers say planning is still in the early stages, but they at least have North Somerset Council’s backing.

As owner of the estate, Bristol City Council will also have to give its permission if it is to go ahead.

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Love Saves The Day has been in the 23,000-capacity Eastville Park since 2015 but organisers have confirmed 2020 will be their last year there.

North Somerset Council’s environmental health officers had voiced concerns but they were resolved before a hearing was due to be held this week.

The meeting was cancelled and the licence was granted.

It allows festivals for up to 39,999 people to be held at Ashton Court estate during the late May bank holiday in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The event will be able to open from 11am to 11pm on the Saturday and Sunday each time with ten to 12 live bands a day.

In a recent statement, Tom Paine, one of the directors of Love Saves The Day, said: “We’re looking at all options for 2021 onwards, but who knows where the Love Saves The Day adventure will take us next!

“All our focus right now is on Eastville Park for 2020 and making sure that next year’s show is the best one yet.”
Love Saves the Day will be back in Eastville Park on May 23 and 24 next year.

Stephen Sumner is a local democracy reporter for Bristol

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