Now it’s seventh year, Love Saves The Day returns this weekend for its annual celebration of house, dub and electronica on the outskirts of Bristol. The line-up this year displays the festival’s ability to now be a unique draw, curating big names in mainstream msuic and electronica alongside some of the UK’s highest draws in club music.
Headlining Crack’s Paradiso stage on the Saturday night, Four Tet provides one of the most interesting propositions, bringing his focused and encompassing live set to the festival that will no doubt encompass the breadth of his work. Alongside a minimal light show that strikes where required, Kieran Hebden will provide an interactive experience within the foundations of a festival.
Alongside Hebden will be his good friend and fellow NTS presenter Sam Shepherd, otherwise better known as Floating Points. If you have heard Shepherd’s radio show, you will be aware of his encyclopaedic knowledge of music, especially within the genres of funk, soul and disco. The revered musician and producer will be exploring such penchants within his DJ set, and will no doubt provide something enigmatic and individual.
Across on the main stage, the highly anticipated Ninja Tune-signed duo BICEP will bring their live set to Love Saves The Day, and if it’s anything as intense and arresting as their night at Motion back in November then we’ll be in for a treat. Their music embraces a balance between the ambient and caustic whilst remaining intrinsically dance, taking you on a ride you’ll want to continuously repeat.
UK club legend Felix Dickinson takes on a criminally early two-hour set on the Saturday to warm up a no doubt already frothing audience, and set everyone up for the rest of the afternoon ahead. Whilst Mall Grab’s passionate, loved-up dance music seems to continuously progress into new ventures, so catching him at this point would bring you a lot of joy. Widely anticipated, Irish born yet London based artist Biig Piig is really on the up as she delves into fruitful and emotional soul and minimal r’n’b, be sure to catch her early on the Saturday.
Invading your Sunday bright and early, there is possibly no one better to get you over the morning hangover than The Black Madonna. Resoundingly unrestricted in curation choice or attitude, Marea Stamper will slap the blues straight out of you with a life-affirming wake up set that you won’t want to miss.
Bristol’s favourite Shanti Celeste also takes over the Percolate stage on the Sunday to deliver what could very well be the party set of the weekend. If any of her recent sets are to go by, then expect something varied, vibrant and unquestionably fun.
Nearing the end of our weekend, Ben UFO is set to present us with a seamless blend of the finest cuts of most genres in dance you can think of, lovingly discovered and nurtured by Thompson to make something uncompromisingly encompassing and wholesome. Joy Orbison follows, closing out the weekend proper with what will no doubt be a vivid techno set that cements the festival’s ability to book some of the finest DJs from around the world.
However you celebrate this weekend, Love Saves The Day offers a wealth of captivating, body-moving options from which to choose. Just by stepping foot on Eastville Park you’ve already won.