Festival Blagger's Guide: How To Pretend You Were At Love Saves The Day

28 May 2014

[Love Saves the Day]

This year Grazia Daily's heading across the country (and overseas) to give you the inside scoop on what it's *really* like to attend the world's biggest music festivals. We'll be giving you the anecdotes and knowledge you need to a) pretend you were there b) decide whether to go next year.

Bristol’s two day mash-up, Love Saves the Day, is perfect for music lovers looking for a debauched weekend with big beats. This year, Miss Dynamite  took to the stage on what turned out to be a very wet Saturday followed by electronica maestro SBTRKT on a much sunnier Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know.

1. The music

Everyone from Clean Bandit to Jamie XX brought beats to LSTD in a city known for an eclectic music scene that’s centred around drum and bass, reggae and disco music. If you really want to impress your friends, tell them you were at the front for Gentleman’s Dub Club. The highly respected dub band from Leeds bounced about on stage with lead singer, Jonny, telling Grazia that the crowd was a lot wilder than usual this year.

[Love Saves the Day]

2. The after-hours

Saturday night was spent drying off and drinking through the cold at a friend’s house party but on Sunday you danced 'til you dropped. The Love Inn bar in Stokes Croft played some sassy Samba beats all night. But the highlight of the night was definitely... the very handsome bartender.

3. The location

LSTD takes place in Castle Park slap bang in the centre of Bristol so it was easy to get to it’s infamous after party. All the stages are outside, so when the skies opened (in typical British style) it wasn’t easy to take shelter. But you had fun throwing yourself down some very muddy hillsides - DIY slip n’ slide anyone?

You stayed in an Airbnb or crashed on a friend’s sofa to save the pennies. Getting to the festival from London is very easy (it’s just under two hours on the train) and getting around when you were there was easy by walking, taxi (particularly when raining!) or borrowing a mate’s bike in the cycle-friendly city.

[Love Saves the Day]

4. The celebrities

Not great for celeb spotting although most of the artists performing were mingling in the crowd. Miss Dynamite in particular drew an impressive audience, with queues out of the door.

5. The streetstyle

Student vibes emanated from this festival with lots of effortlessly casual, festival-inspired looks. Don’t forget your sunglasses, crop top, glitter and jewels. In typical Bristol style, there really was no one look that applied. In fact, the more outrageous the better. You clashed patterned lycra and dyed your hair.

[Sarah Marsh]

6. The beauty looks

Purple lips were the theme of this festival combined with artistically applied glitter eye make-up and BIG hair. There were lots of piercings and tattoos on show too.

[Sarah Marsh]

7. Overheard..

'Is this hotdog onesie too much ...?'

8. The food and drink

From Pieminister to Thali Cafe, Bristol is the home of festival food. The best of the best was a Biblos falafel wrap, although the jerk chicken and halloumi option was also delish! When you weren't at the festival there were lots of restaurants (although many of them were full to the brim) in Stoke’s Croft for a healthy brunch with lots of greens.

[Sarah Marsh]

9. The highlight

A weekend of excess - feeling like you were in an episode of Skins. (15-year-old you was very excited.)

10. The lowlight

The rain, although let’s face it no British festival is the same without it.

Written by Sarah Marsh



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