_Feature: LSTD Review, Part 1

_Feature: LSTD Review, Part 1

In a 4 part special feature for Love Saves The Day festival 2017, our Inter:mission writers give you the low down on the key performances of the weekend.

The series will include 3 shorter parts FOR the Saturday, written by up and coming writers Ross Hook and Issy Villiers.

Then watch out for the full length review of Sunday, written by the excellent Eva Christoff.

This year marked the sixth anniversary for the Bristol based festival, taking place for the third time at the larger site of Eastville Park.

Originally created as a one day festival by the team that brought you the Wow! stage at Glastonbury, LSTD has grown to become one of the big names of the festival calendar, this year boasting the likes of Bicep, Andrew Weatherall, and Mura Masa to name but a few.

Introduction by Dan Sharp


Fatima Yamaha, Main Stage, 16:10-17:10

Fatima Yamaha was first on my agenda, playing on the main stage.

I missed him last year when he played at the Small Horse Social Club in Bristol, so today he was a must see.

Having rocketed in popularity, especially over the past few years, the main stage was a fitting arena.

Fatima played mostly music from his albums Imaginary Lines and A Girl Between Two Worlds, before finishing a short but effective set with his newest tune Araya.

To the delight of the crowd it was capped off with one of his most well-known songs: What's A Girl To Do.

“Fatima Yamaha’s mellow and enthralling performance was sadly marred by a late start and a sub-par sound system.” Dan Sharp

Yet to me, the vibes of the music mixed with the sun was a perfect introduction to the festival.

The Lost Gardens

With some time to spare before Villalobos at the Arcadia stage, I headed to the lavish looking area that was the Lost Gardens.

This stage was a personal favourite, tucked in the corner by the Main Arena, the presence of floral designs and tree cover certainly worked some magic.

Listening to Zenzero produce some enjoyable tech house, with plenty of room to move about, it was hugely refreshing.

By this time people were starting to get in to the groove, and it led perfectly into the next act of Villalobos.


Ricardo Villalobos b2b Craig Richards, Arcadia, 19:00-23:00

The Arcadia Stage is famous for delivering excitement, with its unique spider design along with pyro displays; it was a huge contrast to the Lost Garden.

Ricardo Villalobos is known all over the world for entertaining crowds with mind-blowing sounds and selecting fresh techno music.

Villalobos is potentially one of the most enigmatic figures in dance music.

Joined by Craig Richards, another refreshing talent within dance music, the duo was able to brandish a special set.

Only having spent a couple of hours there, in order to see Hunee, it was clear to see why these two men are rated so highly.

After playing Objekt's new release, 'Theme from Q' early on in the set, it was sure to be a belter from then on.

Villalobos on Arcadia being the highlight so far, look out for Part 2, where Issy Villiers delves in to Move D on the Brouhaha stage.

Written by Ross Hook - Inter:mission Writer

Edited by Reece Webster - Underground Editor

Photography by Here and Now - fb.com/wearehereandnow