Hold tight for Love Saves the Day 2017
(27th and 28th May)
Smack bang in the middle of the exam period setting out a weekend of great acts, even greater inebriation and the mother of all comedowns for those with an exam on the Monday morning.
But why not?
Throw caution to the wind and let your hair down with a weekend of frivolity that need not include any revision. Just pure fun. With a line up that is full of both well known artists and lesser known up and coming acts, the last weekend of May will be popping off in Eastville Park.
For an overview of what to expect at each stage as well as a few of my own favourite picks look no further.
THE MAIN STAGE FEATURES OF SERIES OF FUNKY ELECTRONICA BANDS, SINGERS AND PRODUCERS.
Bands include the synth heavy Crazy P and Elder Island alongside the not so little act Little Dragon. Singers come in the form of Nao, a funk soul singer out of London who worked with Disclosure on their track ‘Superego’ as well as Bonzai who’ll be linking up with Dutch artist Fatima Yamaha. Then producers are covered by the quirky Mura Masa, who’s not only put out a track alongside A$AP Rocky but also 2 fantastic albums: ‘Soundtrack to Death’ and ‘Someday Somewhere’.
things CHANGE up a bit. Instead you’ll be listening to a whole host of bassier music.
Hiphop ladies come on to the stage in Nadia Rose and Kate Tempest whose recent album ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ threw a conscious light back on the scene with hard hitting lyrics there to wake you up and make you think about the world your living in. There’s also Eva Lazarus who has a mix of great vocals and has even featured on tracks from dj’s such as Stanton Warriors and drum and bass dj Aries. Talking of drum and bass Shy Fx also puts in a mix on the main stage so be expecting some jungle and jump up too.
Fat Freddys Drop (Sunday)
One of my favourite live bands coming all the way over from New Zealand to play right here in Bristol. Their eclectic mix of dubby slow jams alongside quirky knees up reggae will really set the main stage audience up for a good time.
You’ll hear warm vocals, psychedelic guitar picking and even trumpets. This all holds together in a flawless group of individuals there for their love of music. And no wonder they are so sublime and flawless having been together for over a decade. Have a listen to their first album ‘Based on a True Story’ to be taken through a well produced journey through their talent. I had the good fortune of seeing Fat Freddy’s Drop play out at Boomtown’s Lions Den, with a packed out audience they really shone out that weekend. Their performance in Eastville Park in May will no doubt be another festival highlight.
Cloud 9 stage Saturday is house, house and more house with the likes of Jamie Jones and Catz n Dogz. Check out Solardo’s track ‘The Spot’ to get a feel for the foot stomping beats that will play out here.
Bristol promoters The Blast throw together a star studded garage and grime list of artists that will no doubt sound just as impressive as it looks.
The infamous Kano will be blessing us with his vocals. Considering the length of time he’s been making music his first track ‘P’s and Q’s’ (2004) and his latest tracks such as ‘This Is England’ (2016) all ring true with his stand out sound. Further we have another seriously hectic grime artist D Double E sitting alongside a host of bassline producers such as TQD, Holy Goof and Conducta.
My Nu Leng (Sunday)
Though they need no introduction, a preview of Love Saves the Day would be worth much less without mentioning My Nu Leng. One of Bristol finest recent exports, the duo made up of Tommy Jackson and Jammo Irving have been smashing out fiery sets on stage and well produced sounds in the production studio for several years. Whether you’re looking at their back catalogue of remixes - from the upbeat and bouncy ‘Refuse to Love’ by Loadstar to the heavy bass of ‘Fresh’ by Jillionaire & Salvatore Ganacci - or your checking out their own distinctive original work - ‘Set it’ and ‘Soul Shake’ easily recognisable by most lovers of EDM - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Their dj sets have taken them all over the world and to festivals such as Glastonbury and Outlook. This will be a big heavy smorgasbord of basslines. Of course you know who they are. And of course you wouldn’t miss them right?
Paradiso is being run by Just Jack
Invited are Bicep for some good old house, Andrew Weatherall for some good old techno and Call Super for some good old quite-out-there-loose-mellow-inbetween genre house/techno
(! As well as Job Jobse also on the lineup we can expect a few more dj’s to keep up the acid house vibes from as yet released ‘Just Jack dj’s’)
Crack Magazine is taking over with an eclectic mix starting with BadBadNotGood.
The band have a distinctly jazz and hiphop sound and have even managed to collaborate with Ghostface Killah for his track ‘Sour Soul’ where they provide a groovy backing track that allows GK to lay down his lyrics. Further down we see Jessy Lanza ready to bring her off-center synthpop songs to the LTSD audiences. Alternative hiphop features from Mykki Blanco and watch out for special guest Stefflon Don for more hiphop with a dancehall twist.
Born Kojo Kankam, this 20-year-old has been tearing up the grime scene for several years. With incredible articulation linked with great lyrical flow it’s hard to listen to one of his tunes without starting to bob to and from. With collaborations alongside one of the head honchos of grime Skepta as well Drum and Bass legends Chase and Status it’s clear Novelist has got the attention of a great many people. He’s even taken a starring role with the American producer of ‘Harlem Shake’ Baauer bringing his talent in the track ‘Day Ones’. The intensity and vibe of his set at LSTD will be ridiculous high and for good reason.
One of the best of the Sunday bill, COULD HE BE GOOD ENOUGH TO RIVAL KANO?
Bringing us more of the Saturday dance vibe is Bristol based Futureboogie recordings put on more house and electronic dj’s as Dutch producer Hunee and Germans Palms Trax and Move D hit the stage. Closer to home one of the label owners Dave Harvey will be spinning tracks alongside label dj Christophe.
Another Bristol label Hold Tight Records turn to host.
With their mix of Dub and Dubstep you can expect some rumblings from Brouhaha today. First up look out for Pinch with a very heavy mix of dubstep as he performs alongside Sherwood. Egoless brings a modern dub sound with minimalist creations that are anything but minimal in quality. And Numa Crew will come together with rapper Killa P to give a seriously dubby soundsystem roots act that will be sure to rock the crowd. For a taste of what Numa Crew bring listen to their album ‘New Underground Massive Alliance’ which features a great link up with Dub Fx in ‘Bass Hater’.
the dance off
The Gutterfunk label holds the baton on Saturday.
First and foremost we get the legendary Zed Bias come to the stage. In terms of remixes you can’t get much more varied, remixing songs such as Mary J. Blige’s ‘Right Now’ or Chase and Status’ ‘Blk and Blu’. Expect him to play anything from house, drum and bass or if we’re lucky something like his garage track ‘Neighbourhood’. Bringing the jungle and drum and bass sound to the Dance Off stage will be Dj Die, who was once part of the show stopping Reprazent crew, and Khanage, who will be bringing the bass right down with not only dnb but more dubstep and possibly even some harder jungletek sounds.
Sunday holds down Heartless Crew for a mix of garage, grime and r&b mixing and mcing.
The absolutely huge Dj Zinc will come to play as well. Originally one of the later jungle artists of the 90’s his tracks tend to be well known and catchy, from ‘Super Sharp Shooter’ to ‘138 Trek’ he is well grounded in his jungle and drum and bass roots. More recently he’s stepped in to other genres with ‘Wile Out’ featuring Ms. Dynamites talents as well as plenty of house tracks like recently released ‘Feel the Love. Zinc will also feature one of his ‘Trust me I was there’ mixes which will be a mix of different tracks he’s heard over the years especially from the early 90’s rave scene.
As an added tip, watch out for the upcoming Arcadia stage line up which will feature both Techno and Drum and Bass for those of you looking for the serious electronic sounds.