It was that time of year again, when zap! bang! heads west for the late May bank holiday. Love Saves The Day 2023 took place over Saturday and Sunday, its sophomore year in the gorgeous rolling grounds of Ashton Court in Bristol, and the eleventh edition. Laura Jones was there.
Love Saves mixed it up across a blend of UKG, house and breaks from Bklava; genre-defying hip hop star Kelis; drum & bass across the spectrum from Nia Archives and Andy C; and closed with iconic big beat from Fatboy Slim.
Norman Cook looked like he was easily having as good a time as the Bristol crowd.
Sugababes' hits 'Overload', 'Round Round', and 'Freak Like Me' were met with an energetic crowd, and testament to the tight live band and the pacing of their set.
Back to bass, and I could write all day about the high grade programming from old skool junglists like General Levy to bright new things like Piri. Kings of the Rollers brought Inja to the Brouhaha to distribute his brand of wisdom of peace, love and unity. While the sun was still out we wandered to find some more sun-soaked positivity in the form of electronic artists Folamore, followed by B.O.T.A. Eliza Rose, then Romy from The XX. She skilfully blended her signature down-tempo vocals with 90s gems like N-Trance’s 'Set You Free', jumping up energetically for the highs and blending the emotion with the euphoria on tracks like fresh cut 'Enjoy Your Life'.
Overmono cocooned us in a warm forty minute embrace.
Overmono had one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year and the Big Top was still packed. Of course fate is a cruel mistress, and it was ever thus that the weather would remain fine and warm-ish both days, negating the need for this new cover that had been added after listening to the wishes of ticket-holders. But it provided a step change from the outdoor raving and Overmono cocooned us in a warm forty minute embrace.