Bristol’s Love Saves The Day festival returns next month, this time with line-up artists including: Little Dragon, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kano, Jamie Jones, BadBadNotGood, Kate Tempest and many more. We catch up with the team behind the festival to find out more, and if you like what you hear, tickets for this year’s LSTD are on sale now.
How would you describe Love Saves The Day in five words?
Glitter / Diverse / Shenanigans / Boutique / Bristol
What are you particularly excited about this year in terms of the line-up?
The Crack stage on Sunday have an amazing array of interesting artists performing live, including Jessy Lanza, Mykki Blanco and BadBadNotGood. They are all have their own incredible and individual style, and they will definitely introduce some people to a new sound which they may not have experienced before. Ricardo Villalobos on Saturday speaks for itself, and it will be extra tasty on the Arcadia Afterburner. I’ve been wanting to see Little Dragon for years as well!
Please tell us more about Arcardia and the Afterburner!
The Arcadia Afterburner is the original party apparatus from the crew famous for their spider at Glastonbury. It’s an honour to have it back for a UK festival exclusive again, but what is more important for us is the fact that it promotes sustainable use of materials (it’s made from recycled parts of army vehicles, etc).
It’s reminiscent of something out of Lord Of The Rings, offering a 360 visual extravaganza of fire, lasers and performers. The best thing about it is that it will be mind-blowing for either Techno or D&B on Saturday and Sunday respectively! Bring on the spire of fire!
Other than music (and the Afterburner) what else can people experience at Love Saves The Day?
We are definitely trying to push more of our non-musical entertainment, and each year it gets better but harder to list! We have an inflatable church which offers weddings and a knees-up, a ‘Dance Off’ boxing ring, a roller disco with it’s own lineup of local DJs, a secret ball pool hidden as a tattoo parlour, a bazaar full of amazing independent traders and artists, lots of walk-around performers and another set of challenges around the site from the crazy Brystal Maze.
Shambarber’s Temple Of Lust stage will be returning, and we also have a new immersive stage to reveal soon. No doubt there are some things I’ve forgotten, so the best thing is to come and find the hidden gems yourself.
What’s your Love Saves The Day highlight of previous years?
Chic in Castle Park was just an incredible and unexpected experience, and they definitely top a great list of headliners for me. I’ve also had the joy of playing the past couple of years as well, and although it’s been on the smaller, local stage, it always has an amazing atmosphere and the decor has looked impeccable.
Saying that, I think the crowd is always a highlight – everyone looks amazing and makes a lot of effort to start the festival season with style, and every part of the festival always has a great vibe to it because of that!