Back in May, Love Saved the Day

Our thoughts go out to the animals in residence of Eastville Park who have been spotted returning to ground zero to comprehend the happenings of May’s final weekend.

Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture 1970-1979 is the title of a book by Tim Lawrence which captures the growth of American dance music from the early New York loft scene and beyond. Since then, Love Saves the Day (LSTD) has found a new meaning in the West of England and it’s no longer just about dance music. From its modest debut as a one- day event back in 2012, LSTD now resides as a weekend-long stain in the calendar of Bristol’s Eastville Park at the end of May each year. LSTD has quickly developed a line-up a to compete with the biggest UK festival names as well as a loyal following who eagerly snap up each day’s tickets.

This year Exetera were back; soaking up the sun, the music and of course, the delights of Chicken Shack (see below).

Saturday’s line up saw us getting down to the seismic electronics of Ricardo Villalobos and Bicep. On the mainstage we caught a very lively Fatima Yamaha and of course hung around to watch the trippy ‘synthsations’ of Little Dragon.

Sunday saw the Cloud 9 packed with big names from grime extraordinaire Kano, to My Nu Leng and TQD. The mainstage also hosted a wide variety of acts from Shy FX to Fat Freddy’s Drop, a big band which certainly caught Exetera’s wandering eye.

The music, as we’ve found in previous years was brilliant; there’s a bit for everyone across the various stages, all of which sound and look fantastic. It’s this standard that puts LSTD in line with some of the biggest weekend festivals in the country.

But of course, it would not be possible without the hard work of the organisers who go far beyond the music. Yes, if you’d thought of it, so had they; one note-worthy feature being the Lost Garden stage which hosted LSTD’s first ever LGBT work expressed through music and art alike.

The overall set-up was – as one interview yielded – really nice… We would go a step further and say it was perfect, with the undulating park providing a topography which allowed a good view of the entire set-up, through which one could easily plan a crooked bee-line between points of interest. Amongst our favourites were the extra-large inflatable church, and the giant climbable LOVE letters.

When our feet began to get heavy, and that last tinny didn’t cut it, it was time for food. There was a broad range of different eateries, providing fuel for meat and leaf lovers alike, we tried a few but nothing throughout the weekend kept us going like the buttermilk brine of Chicken Shack’s burgers.