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Celebrating over a decade of festivals, Love Saves The Day returns this year to Ashton Court, Bristol next Bank Holiday weekend. With the tenth edition of the beloved South West festival just around the corner, let’s check out some of LSTD’s most spectacular moments — and maybe, relive a couple that you witnessed in the flesh.
Originating in Castle Park in 2012, Love Saves The Day has since stepped up its game each year with its stages, activities and most importantly, its line-up — which has consistently showcased a spectrum of global favourites, exciting newcomers as well as local Bristol talents. Some legends that have taken to the stage at Love Saves The Day include Stormzy, Honey Dijon, Bicep, Lily Allen and Fatboy Slim — who headlined its first edition, and will be returning to the festival this year.
Set to be yet another iconic weekender, headlining this year’s edition alongside Norman Cook, will be pop sensation Years & Years. Also billed to perform are the likes of, Four Tet, Kelis, Andy C, Romy, Nia Archives, Overmono (Live), Knucks and plenty of other acts spanning the genres of drum ‘n’ bass through to rap.
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Love Saves The Day 2023 is running from May 27 to May 28 with its final tickets available here.
From its mesmerising “tower of light” that is the centre stage, to hunting down the secret ball pit — each year brings a vibrant range of activities and music that never fails. With a little help from the team at Love Saves The Day, we’ve narrowed down some of the most cherished moments from Bristol’s largest festival below.
The very first Love Saves The Day took place in 2012, at Castle Park in Bristol’s city centre. Headlined by Annie Mac as well as a performance from a fresh faced Disclosure, at the very beginning of their rise to fame.
The Main Stage at Love Saves The Day’s very first home Castle Park, 2014 saw the festival move to two days — with the very first Sunday show headlined by Chic ft. Nile Rodgers.
In 2015, Love Saves The Day moved to its new home of Eastville Park, having outgrown it’s old city centre location. Among the line-up, Stormzy made his ever festival performance announcing: “Love Saves The Day – this is my very first festival”.
Arcadia bring their iconic Afterburner stage to Love Saves The Day.
Fatboy Slim headlines the sold-out Love Saves The Day 2018, he is due to make his return to the festival for 2023.
A brand new stage for 2018 – the Centre Stage – is unveiled, quickly becoming a firm fan favourite with headline performances from Denis Sulta, Andy C and Sub Focus.
The festival moved to the iconic Bristol location, Clifton Downs in 2021 for a one-off show in the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Little Simz headlining.
A move to the legendary Ashton Court – home of the original Ashton Court Festival – takes place in 2022. The expansion see’s Love Saves The Day’s production and lineup grow exponentially, with the all new Love Saves Stage headlined by a stunning live performance from Bicep.
What will Love Saves The Day 2023 bring? Get ticket to the festival running from May 27 to May 28 here.
Written by: Tim Hopkins