Love Saves The Day 2018
Where: Bristol, UK
When: 27th – 28th May
Who: Fatboy Slim, Sampha, Bicep, Loyle Carner, Four Tet
Over the bank holiday weekend, we all welcomed in the unofficial commencement of the festival season. Common People, Mutiny Festival, Dot to Dot, BBC’s Biggest Weekend, We Are FSTVL, and the kid on the block- All Points East, were just some of the events on show last weekend. We were lucky enough to be at Love Saves The Day, a two-day city event boasting headliners Fatboy Slim and Sampha, as well as a supporting cast from the likes of Four Tet, Bicep, Shy FX and Loyle Carner.
Love Saves The Day has always championed its organic high-spirited vibe, a vibe that becomes apparent on arrival. And that’s one of Love Saves The Day’s most reportable highlights- care-free, easy-going, headache-less, it’s an event of true love and appreciation for music. George Fitzgerald and Bicep set the bar for the weekend high, with two stand-out Saturday afternoon sets, while Four Tet and Shy FX continue their growing legacies, as two of the most consistent figures in the industry. Sampha was the main attraction of the weekend however, with a mesmerising Sunday night headline show.
Love Saves The Day is a well-organised, well-orchestrated event that makes good use of its surroundings and atmosphere. Its musical offerings continue to expand with each instalment, with perhaps the most diverse lineup in its history so far. This was best proven by the multitude of Sunday night clashes- Sampha on the Main Stage, Andy C, Shy FX, Hot Since ’82 and Joy Orbison, who all closed out their respective stages. It’s worth mentioning that as a city event, noise pollution is always going to influence the volume of a soundsystem, but while sometimes slightly quiet, this certainly didn’t affect a performance too dramatically.
Love Saves The Day has set the bar high as our first festival of the season, and makes a real claim for metropolitan festival of the year. It’s an event as painless and stress-free as they come, with a great crowd and sound. The musical offerings are diverse and all-encompassing, and production values and organisation is as respectable as its growing foothold on the industry. With a reputation as high as ever, LSTD 2019 should be one to look out for.