Based on the weather forecast, a few cautionary pac-a-macs were taken to Eastville Park last weekend for Love Saves the Day, later proving unnecessary as we basked in balmy, British sunshine for the whole weekend.
The weather helped substantially in maintaining a glittery display of bodysuits and Adidas Originals, not to mention the redder shade developed by most of the evening crowd (sudocreme anyone?).
The park was full to the brim, with the usual set-up of stages accompanied by a selection of weird and wonderful attractions, including drumming workshops, a roller disco and even an inflatable chapel for those taking the name of the festival literally.
With the sun in the sky and a drink in hand, the atmosphere was exactly as you would expect, and that blissed-out vibe was never more apparent than when electronic duo Maribou State took to the Main Stage, who along with regular collaborator Holly Walker, spread the love with their chilled beats and dreamy vocals on Saturday afternoon.
Also gracing the Main Stage on Saturday were Shura, Everything Everything and headliners Hot Chip, who closed the first evening with fan favourites Over and Over and Ready for The Floor.
A good place to kick off your Love Saves the Day experience is the Dance Off Stage. This year, a huge robot, where the likes of Artful Dodger and DJ Luck & MC Neat were stationed over the infamous wrestling ring as it held regular dance offs throughout the day, each one getting funnier and more outrageous with every drink consumed by those involved.
Bristol local, Game of Thrones star and Love Saves the Day regular Maisie Williams was allowed to blend into the sea of glitter and enjoy the festival as always (check her out on stage with B.Traits in 2014).
The only negative comment I heard over the weekend were a few grumbles from the pessimists amongst us at the Cloud 9 stage who deemed the sound to be a little weak, however a small amount of sound clash is to be expected if you want to cram as much fun in to one park as the organisers have done this year. And it certainly didn’t seem to wipe the smile off anyone’s faces as they raved to Skream, Disciples and Katy B over the course of the weekend, and of course Shy FX’s (always brilliant) set which he played as part of his Cloud 9 stage takeover on Sunday.
the Arcadia Afterburner stage came to life in all its glory, spewing out fire, briefly illuminating the ever growing crowd
If you fancied a bite to eat at any point throughout the weekend there was an array of food to line stomachs and fuel tiring legs. With Bristol favourites Biblos, Smoking Buns and Chicken Shack (to name a few) who could be found dotted around the festival site.
As the sun set over both days the Arcadia Afterburner stage came to life in all its glory, spewing out fire and illuminating the ever-growing crowd who were keeping their knees up with the help of High Contrast, Chase & Status and a tag team triumph in the form of Roni Size and DJ Krust.
Dizzee Rascal lived up to high expectations for his headline set on Sunday and closed the festival with tunes spanning his whole career, from I Luv U through to commercial hit Bonkers.
Love Saves the Day managed, this year in particular, to achieve that festival escapism atmosphere you can sometimes struggle to find with many inner city festivals. With lots of space, queues for the bar and toilets kept relatively small, and soundsystems good enough to deliver chest-resonating bass across all stages makes this 5000-strong festival consistently a triumph. This coupled with the great atmosphere and friendly faces as far as the eye can see places Love Saves the Day amongst the best UK city festivals.