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It’s no secret that Bristol’s music scene is something seriously special (I know, I’m biased, but I’m right). So when the brains behind Glastonbury’s Wow! Stage, See No Evil and In:Motion put their creative genius together to create Love Saves The Day, it certainly felt like a Dance festival in Bristol had been a long time coming.
Hosted on the Jubilee weekend in Castle Park, Love Saves The Day boasted one of the best small festival line ups I’ve seen this year, let alone for one on my doorstep. Industry giants such as Annie Mac, T.E.E.D, Roots Manuva, and Joy Orbison played alongside the likes of emerging talents Jessie Ware, Disclosure, and Koreless. Chuck in a little bit of local produce in the form of Joker and everyone’s favourite DJ Derek and you’ve got a recipe for festival success.
So we’re in agreement – the line up was ace. But without wanting to sound like a bit of a prat – what was the festival “experience” like? Well factor in some impressive festival paraphernalia (giant L.O.V.E letters large enough to sit in, a love heart on the top of the ruined church and plenty of glitter) and of course the biblical rain and I could have easily been at Glastonbury.
We were lucky enough to find one of the few dry spaces in the park, underneath the band stand which was conveniently positioned right in front of the main stage. So we stocked up on Thatchers and Red Stripe (this was a bit of a challenge, but I’ll come to that in a minute) and managed to catch a fair share of the acts we’d wanted to see back to back in the relative dry.
So the downsides…there really weren’t enough bars, but having spoken to plenty of other people, I’m not the only one to feel this way. We queued for over half an hour for our first drink, only to be told we couldn’t be sold cans, and had to have the cans emptied into cups. This would normally be fine, but not so much considering how long you had to wait to be served.
As well as the bars, getting into the festival was a bit of a nightmare. There was a limited number of security staff, so logistically it was unrealistic to open all of the entrances to Castle Park, but limiting the entrance to only one meant many people were queuing for over an hour to even get in. Obviously this is standard for bigger festivals, but it was certainly a bit unexpected for a smaller one.
However, I’m hopeful that these are just teething problems – after all, considering the awful weather, everyone I know who went loved it, myself included. Here’s hoping that Love Save The Day gets bigger and better for next year and becomes a festival that us Bristolians can be proud of!
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