Although only June, Love Saves the Day Festival was the kick start to the summer we could have hoped for. With the lineup sporting a vast array of artists belonging a plethora of genres it was the Sunday of the festival that stood out to us. With names like P Money, AJ Tracey and YGG on the lineup it was already set to be a big one for grime fans
throughout Bristol and the UK.
The setup for the festival was amazing, with each stage having a unique identity and elaborate design it was like stepping into some fictional land. With a robots head making up one stage and the world famous Arcadia stage throwing up flames in the centre of the park it was one of the most creative setups i have personally seen at a festival.
The highlights for me took place at the Lost Gardens stage run by Who Cares Bristol. Their lineup kicked off with a Bristol favourite in the form of the NRG Boys; playing a mixture of crown pleasers spanning from grime to afrobeats their set had the crowd dancing as the park began to fill up for the bigger acts later in the day. Ending their set with Maxi spitting a few bars over riddims by DJs Shaboom and Salouse it was made clear that the NRG Boys are an act who will quickly progress from the supporting spot they often fill at the moment.
The other highlight from the Lost Gardens stage was the penultimate set from OH91 x YGG. Being one of the most respected grime DJs in Bristol is was no surprise that OH91 ran some sick dubs with the highlight for me being a slick mix of Spooky’s Goldfinger Dub into the Sandwich instrumental from Filthy Gears. YGG came with their usual high energy performance spitting bars we are familiar with from both their released tracks and frequent radio sets. Although a few problems with mics took from the performance slightly it was still, in my opinion, the second best performance of the festival.
Which brings me on to the best performance of the festival, 67 on the Paridiso stage ran by Crack magazine. Spitting a collection of their most well known songs they effortlessly engaged the crowd with nearly all their bars being sprayed back to them. Never before have I seen so many gun-fingers in Bristol and it was a clear showing of how quickly the London collaborative’s fan base has grown. With Nadia Rose jumping on stage(and then the speakers) to perform their new song ‘Wat Up’ it gave everything short of a special appearance from Giggs the crowd could have wanted. It most definitely made up for the blunder at the same stage earlier in the day in which Novelist arrived late and had his set cut.
Other highlights of Love Saves the Day came in the form of AJ Tracey and Nadia Rose’s main stage performances, D Double E on the Cloud 9 stage and Ghetts coming out as a special guest to perform ‘You Know my Ting’ alongside Shakka. An honourable mention also goes out to the vast selection of food available from vendors throughout the site. Usually festival food runs
on a “we”ll sell you the worst shit we can for the highest price” but at Love Saves the Day the quality matched the price with local business from around Bristol offering the great food and service customers are accustom to.
However we cant do a review of Love Saves the Day festival 2017 without mentioning what was for many the closing set of the festival, Kano. Kano is someone I’ve seen many a time live and he always delivers the polished performance you’d expect from the veteran of the music industry. With a live band performing most of his songs with him and the cries from the crowd of “ITS KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA” Probably being heard from the other side of Bristol it was a performance that had you moshing at one minute and swaying the next as per the eel of his most recent album Made in the Manor.
Overall, Love Saves the Day is a festival that regardless of lineup anyone will enjoy. With a great atmosphere, artists spanning nearly every genre and level of obscurity and beautiful staging I can only urge the Bristol gang to back it next year!
We tried to capture the atmosphere and give you an idea of the performance on the day with our supercut montage which you can view below: