Bristol’s biggest music festival has announced its first wave of acts for 2016 including Hot Chip, Dizzee Rascal, Everything Everything and Stormzy.
Love Saves The Day will return to Eastville Park on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th with around 35,000 people expected to attend the festival in its fifth year. Over 300 acts will perform across seven stages.
On the Main Stage, Hot Chip will headline on Saturday with their inimitable brand of effervescent, floor-filling dance pop. Joining them on Saturday’s Main Stage line-up are Mercury nominated indie rockers Everything Everything; R&B songstress Shura and fellow BBC Sound of 2016 shortlister Mura Masa; Grammy nominee MNEK and Maribou State, who have been dubbed the ‘down tempo Disclosure’.
Grime fans will have plenty to look forward to on Sunday with festival favourite Dizzee Rascal headlining the Main Stage alongside up and coming wunderkind Stormzy. Also playing the Main Stage on Sunday are French trip hoppers, Chinese Man; the legendary David Rodigan MBE; Warp Records’ longest serving artist, Nightmares on Wax and hip-hop brass ensemble, Hot 8 Brass Band, all the way from New Orleans.
One of the most exciting additions to this year’s festival is the Arcadia Afterburner - the only UK appearance for Arcadia’s original installation this year. Love Saves The Day collaborated with Arcadia in 2015 for two spectacular sold out shows in Queen Square. The Afterburner is a 360degree stage built around a flaming spire within a ring of exploding lampposts. The Afterburner line-up, featuring major headliners, will be released in the coming weeks.
Over on Cloud 9 nu house and bass are the order of the day with globetrotting superstars the Martinez Brothers and Skream headlining In:Motion and Apex’s Saturday take-over. On Sunday, Shy FX will curate a still to be announced line-up of bass, grime and drum and bass heavy hitters.
The Dance Off has evolved to become one of Love Save The Day’s biggest stages and this year, they are rising to the challenge again, with an eclectic line-up of big names including DJ Luck & MC Neate, Artful Dodger and Bugzy Malone on Saturday while Sip The Juice’s hip-hop takeover on Sunday - hosted by a very special guest - features the legendary Afrika Bambaataa.
House and techno fans will flock to the Paradiso Stage where prolific party starters Just Jack present an epic big room line-up featuring Ben Klock, Joy Orbison, Roman Flügel and Paranoid London on Saturday. Crack Magazine will take up the gauntlet on Sunday with Kanye West’s go-to producer Hudson Mohawke topping the bill along with English rappers Section Boyz.
As the club night and label that led Bristol’s house music revival, Futureboogie needs no introduction. Their Saturday takeover of the Brouhaha Stage will feature sets from German house pioneer Motor City Drum Ensemble and the eclectic, genre-defying Young Marco among others.
There’s also plenty of good news for dub, reggae and roots fans as LionPulse Sound System take over Brouhaha on Sunday with a sun soaked line-up featuring Mad Professor, Manu Digital, Curtis Lynch ft. Nanci and OBF ft. Shanti D.
And that’s just for starters! Love Saves The Day will be announcing dozens more acts over the coming weeks, with plenty of big names still to come.
Love Saves The Day took place for the first time in Eastville Park last year, after moving from a smaller site in Castle Park, where the festival had taken place since 2012. This move enabled organisers to develop the non-music elements of the festival, something they will be building on this year with hidden discotheques, an immersive theatre venue, secret venues, a market bazaar, a roller disco and workshops galore.
“We have much more to announce over the coming months including some big names, all of the non-music content and our after parties,” said Tom Paine, Festival Director. “Last year we laid the foundations for a bigger, better festival with more green space and a really diverse programme. It was a hugely successful year for Love Saves The Day so we’ll be improving on and fine tuning that for 2016.”
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