Having a legendary reputation for being held in the centre of Bristol at Castle Park, known for its ramped up production, attention to detail and a fun flow of gradients between the stages, Love Saves The Day made a brave move when it decided to move out towards the outskirts at Eastville Park. With bigger grounds and a lot of space to fill, could Love Saves The Day pull it out the bag this year? The answer was a resounding yes!
Attracting a record number of over 27,000 fans to the new location, with a line-up that included the likes of Jessie Ware, Julio Bashmore, Groove Armada, Redlight, DJ EZ, Grandmaster Flash, Gorgon City, Artwork and hundreds more A-rated artists, combined with the unique production that goes into Love Saves The Day with an unprecedented effort put into props, stage set-ups and sound quality alike, the weather was the only thing that could have let the festival down.
Fortunately, the crowd were blessed with perfectly blue skies and a blazing sun that beamed down non-stop all weekend, providing the best weather the UK had seen all year.Source: Khris Cowley for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)
This year saw the whole range of usual stages including the infamous The Dance Off boxing ring, Just Jack/Crack Magazine’s stage decorated in a shanty town, The Temple of Lust featuring a robotic-like David Bowie and hosted by Shambarber, and an incredible Inflatable Church where people could go to ‘get married’ and party to cheesy disco hits.Source: PR
With more space, bigger and better things could be brought in and Bump Roller Disco was no exception. Priced at £4 to hire the roller skates, you could enter the roller disco for as long as you wanted, grooving the night away to some seriously cool disco beats.
Moving from stage to stage, the festival site was significantly bigger than last year, but the flow kept things simple and easy to navigate, with clear signs to indicate where you were at all times.
A festival is nothing without a decent crowd, and when it comes to people who know how to party, Love Saves The Day towers above the rest. Even during the heavy rain of last year, spirits were high and people were sliding around; dancing in the mud. Add the bright, beaming sun into the mix and this year really was something special and all thanks to the incredible amount of effort the team put into the festival.Source: Khris Cowley for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)
Security & Staff
You could provide the best line-up in the world with the best production behind it, but if the security and staff have a poor attitude, it can ruin things for everyone. Fortunately, the security and particularly bar staff at Love Saves The Day were nothing but friendly, enthusiastic and ready to party with everyone.
The line-up this year was so immense, that pinning down one particular act to shine above the rest was near-on impossible. Of everyone we saw, Groove Armada attracted the biggest crowd of the weekend, delivering a set of pure panache. Artwork also delivered one hell of a performance down at the The Dance Off Boxing Ring, playing a mixture of disco, house and beats alike. That guy really loves to get on the mic and send the crowd into chaos!Source: Khris Cowley for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)
Playing after Groove Armada, Julio Bashmore kept the crowd going and while a few of his sets had been fairly minimal recently, this set was aimed more at the commercial crowd, which provoked a reaction that kept the bar Groove Armada set at a high, ready for Jessie Ware, who brought the crowd back to a positive, yet chilled environment ready to depart when the festival curfew hit at 11 p.m.
On the Sunday, Grandmaster Flash raised the level again when he kicked off a set of nothing but Hip-Hop classics featuring the likes of Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Roots Manuva, Naughty by Nature and many more, getting the crowd singing and grooving.
Fast forward to the likes of DJ EZ, Redlight, Wiley, Skepta all delivering sterling performances of bass and grime, with Fabio and Grooverider of Radio 1 fame playing one of the best sets of the weekend at The Dance Off boxing ring. Maybe it was something positively infectious about the boxing ring, but it delivered consistently in terms of music choice, crowd and atmosphere on both Saturday and Sunday, which we feel made it the best stage of the festival.Source: Khris Cowley for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)
Value for money
At just £79.50 for a two day weekend ticket, Love Saves The Day offers great value for money. Unfortunately, there is no camping but plenty of accommodation nearby. Drinks were priced at around £4 a pint, but you need to pay a £1 deposit for a cup, which you awkwardly needed to keep with you at all times. It made dancing a bit inconvenient, and while it was a great solution to recycling, we can’t help but think there may be better ways to implement the scheme. Perhaps a few stalls where you could ‘leave’ your cups in exchange for tokens, ready for collection again later.Source: PR
Buying a drink was also notoriously difficult. Queues tailed back across the whole festival site, meaning quite often people were left waiting up to an hour just to buy a drink. We imagine this must have put a downer on the overall atmosphere for those people. Perhaps something that can be improved next year with a drinks token system, or more bars.
Should you go next year?
If you don’t go, you’ll be missing out! If 2016 offers anything even closely to what 2015 did, you’re in for the time of your life! This year was golden and even if it rained next year, we still reckon the festival would still triumph above others, being one of the best festivals in the UK.Source: PR