This bank holiday weekend marked the second anniversary Love Saves the Day and due to it’s popularity last year the newly added Love Saves Sunday. Thousands of people descended on Castle Park to enjoy a weekend at Bristol’s biggest music festival and were treated to a weekend of uninterrupted sunshine, music and top notch entertainment.
The weather this year was a huge improvement on last year’s torrential downpours with an entire weekend drenched in sunshine instead which only added to the summer festival atmosphere.
Set across an impressive seven stages this year’s musical lineup was vast and offered festival-goers a huge choice of acts. On Saturday punters were treated to a vast array of dance music across the myriad of stages, which were all packed all day long and into the night. The main stage highlights came from Bonobo, Alunageorge and Bristol-raised Redlight. Closing the evening was Rudimental who currently have the number one spot in the UK album charts. Rudimental were an inspired choice to close Saturday’s festivities and proved hugely popular with the thousands of people who made their way to the main stage to enjoy it. Seeing them perform sat on top of the hill overlooking the stage was a highlight that will be hard to beat this festival season.
This year saw the addition of Love Saves Sunday which offered people a chance to see a whole host of musical talent including 2011 Mercury Music Prize nominee, Ghostpoet. Other acts included 90′s legends Soul II Soul with Jazzie B, Ms Dynamite and an epic headline performance from Chic ft. Nile Rodgers. Despite a few technical difficulties which delayed the start, Chic went on to close the festival in style with thousands of people singing and dancing along to disco classics such as ‘Good Times’ which was the most fitting song to round off the weekend.
This event managed to have the Bristol feel that we have grown to love, and a lot of thought and energy went into make this weekend perfect. This attention to detail paid off, leaving smiles on the faces of everyone that attended. On Sunday a low-flying hot air balloon flew overhead and was greeted by thousands of waving and cheering festival-goers. This only added to the unmistakable Bristol vibe.
If this year is anything to go by then we can’t wait for Love Saves the Day 2014. The event organisers have found the perfect recipe for putting on an amazing festival and it is one that we are very proud to have in this wonderful city.