LSTD 2018 Kicks off British Festival season with a bang


While stateside, Coachella is the place to be to kick off festival season, here in the UK, FAULT tradition is to always start our summer with a trip to Love Saves The Day Festival. Granted, it’s not the usual choice, however, for years we’ve watched the festival grow in both accolades but also in the acts that they pull in to perform.

This year, Fat Boy Slim, Bicep, Tom Misch and FAULT’s very own ‘Raye’ headlined the Saturday billing with Mercury award 2017 rivals Sampha and Loyle Carner topped the billings for the Sunday amongst the likes of Mabel, Mostack, Shy FX many more.

We attended the Saturday dates and as with every year, rain was on the forecast, but also as with every year, not a single drop fell that day, while this is by no means the doing of the organisers…we’re just saying, it’s tradition.

The standout performances of the day definitely go to festival veterans, ‘Bicep’ who never fail to give a standup performance year after year and they’re always a crowdpleaser which could account for their regular attendance every LSTD.

Of course, it must be said that previous FAULT star Raye was sensational on the day. Her career might still be in its infancy, but her discography is electric enough to keep the crowd well and truly pleased.

As night fell, it was time for the legendary Fat Boy Slim to take to close the festival. All in attendance gathered around the main stage for what was billed to be the closing performance of ALL closing performances, and we can say with some authority that he lived up to the hype. With a city as diverse as Bristol is, LSTD tends to draw a crowd of varying ages and as much as it pains us to say, we weren’t quite as sure just how wise it was to end with such a seasoned artist but we were certainly proved wrong! The crowd, in its entirety, went wild and partied together under the moonlight right there, right then, for the perfect closing to an awesome day out.

And just like that, another year down and another year the organisers of LSTD knocked it out the park (the Eastville Park if you will). So, would we recommend LSTD to our hardcore music fan readers? Yes! While it might not be the most “alternative” nor is it a festival which takes itself too seriously (neither does the crowd), one thing is for certain – if you’re looking for a good time, great crowd and wonderful music – Love Saves The Day is the place for you.