Having attended Love Saves The Day for the last 4 years running, the festival has become a steady favourite at Bespoke Mag. Understandably, when we heard it was time to get the sequins and glitter out, we were hot to trot on our way to Bristol.
We were gutted that this year we could only attend on one out of the two days. This, however, just ended up as being even more of an excuse to make the most out of the day and boy, Saturday did not disappoint.
Despite the premise of torrential rain and thunderstorms, the festival was busting at the seams from the early hours, with high spirits to match. Early birds were able to catch Bristol’s very own Frau DJs, who got the party started with some very necessary old school RnB at the Cocktails and Dreams stage – the perfect party starter.
Our next stop was the Paradiso stage hosted by Crack Magazine showcasing some more homegrown talent, this time in the form of rising Bristol producer L U C Y. Her set ensued with some melodic vibes, quickly evolving into an eclectic mix of what I’d describe as dubstep and grime.
Later, on at the same stage we caught grime artist Octavian for his first time in Bristol. He didn’t disappoint with a heavy grime set, which was a far cry from some of the more light-hearted dance music you could hear coming from the surrounding venues. His music style is very different; he almost pulls the best bits from all realms of genre; grime, garage, trap and electro – compiling everything to make one unique sound.
His lyrics also do not fall short and are just as in tune with the diverse feel he creates all round. He delivered his set with such a powerful energy vibrating through every word he spat – not to mention being completely active and keeping the crowd hyped through the entirety of his set.
Next up, at Paradiso (can you sense a theme here, lol) we caught the one and only Avelino. Opening with a classic, Know My Name, the crowd went wild for him as smoke filled the tent. When performing another crowd favourite, So Fine, his entourage stormed the stage and blessed us all with a little indoor rainfall as the bass hit.
We later switched up the scenery and waded our way to the front of Lonely Hearts Club stage, to lay in wait for Krept & Konan.
Their performance was energetic and full of vibes as always. They performed all their bangers, old and new and even their latest Crepes and Cones tune, in honour of their new restaurant – that I am still dying to visit btw!
Of course, the moment we had all been waiting for, was the return of Fatboy Slim. It was unreal, being in the presence of this legend we had grown up listening to on Top of the Pops.
He kept it strictly 90’s rave scene, complete with psychedelic visuals displayed on the big screen. We weren’t quite sure what to expect initially, but it was the most surreal and nostalgic of experiences, that we were honoured to be a part of. All in all, an amazing ending to a jam-packed, variety-filled day.
Love Saves the Day is one of those festivals that opens you up to the extraordinary. From chill spots, hidden forests, bouncy castles, trance raves, mosh pits and gun fingers, it has the lot. The only thing we could have asked for was to see some more ladies on the lineup, as the UK especially is not lacking in that department.
See you again next year, LSTD!