Love Saves The Day Back For Another Year


In a couple weeks, Bristol-based festival “Love Saves the Day” will return to Eastville park, bringing with them an what seems one of the stoniest line ups for British artists of the summers festival season. It brings with it a hub of DJs from around UK and Europe spanning across genre and generation, some of the most formidable artists in the UK rap scene and some sweet nostalgia trips for the 90s-00s kids.

The DJ set list of the festival plays a considerable role in attracting people, by having content with an under and overground following throughout Europe, and with the festival based in the drum and bass capital, it won't you take long for those baselines and break-beats to fill your rude-boy boots and you’re wide eyed ways. All this whilst also catering for the emerging and established UK rap scene, fronting some of the most exciting and progressive artists working today. They’ve captured an attitude  which is rippling in certain pools of music, the production of more genreless music. Artist like Little Simz, Kojey Radical, Slowthai, Flohio, are artists who are carving taste rather than following. All those acts are to be found on Paradiso stage Saturday, past that you’re still facing people like Octavian, IAMDDB, Not3s, making the same waves in their respected scene, note I do not include Jimothy Lacoste.

However, something concurrent within any festival line up need to include music for the 30+ as well as whats heralded by the Soundcloud generation otherwise, the festival is likely to drop profits on the bar because no 20 year old can afford festival prices. The issue a lot of festivals face is that often lean too far either way, some line ups looking like a radio 1 xtra playlist and others with actual bands. But by including acts like David Rodigan, Bonobo, Congo Natty, and Goldie, you appeal to the homeowners and the no voters, somewhere on the 6 music airwaves. They’re artists which bridge the gap of two generations itinerary as you’d know to see their set for the first or fifth time, it won't disappoint. 

Now try focussing on all this while keeping an eye on the main stage acts, music junkies are going to have a weekend of anxiety and frustration. With a line up covering so many bases, you got some hard decisions to make. We are all used to the irritation of set clashes however, what Love Saves the Day has created is more of a thematic conflict in you. You choosing between the heavy baselines and slow progressions, the lyrical and musical innovation of the UK rap scene, to reminisce of your earlier days or catch artists like Ocean Wisdom rap ‘Eye Contact’  and ask how the fuck he’s able to rap that fast. 

Either way, you're going to wake up Monday to your heavy head hitting the train window with some sense of regret for you missed, whether where you were in stead was worth it. Now if this is a problem you're liable to, the fear that each choice means someone you're also missing, I’d advise bringing a friend who doesn’t care as much, let them drag you along to put the responsibility of missing out on them, or MDMA. 

Loves Saves the Day 25-26 of May.

Remember to look for the after parties. 

Words: Will Sare

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