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Love Saves The Day Returns To Bristol

Bristol’s biggest music festival returns to Eastville Park this May Bank Holiday Weekend with over 300 acts appearing across 12 stages including Fatboy Slim and Mercury Prize winner Sampha.

We caught up with a cross section of Love Saves The Day artists and staff to get their top picks for this year’s festival.

Sam Chadburn (Jus Now): Crack Presents…/Sampha

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Most of the Artists I’m really excited to see at LSTD are all on one stage, so big up Crack Magazine for putting together an amazing line up. I absolutely love Hak Baker’s music, it’s so original, raw and honest. British rapper Octavian is another top pick for me, he’s a really special artist who’s in his own lane. And Sampha’s album Progress has probably been the most played album on my phone in the past 12 months. Watching him pour his heart out at the end of a long weekend on the main stage is going to be emotional!

Dave Harvey (Director & Booker): Aba Shanti

I’m really excited about having Aba Shanti playing for us in the Teachings In Dub area. I used to go to their dances in the East Midlands as a teenager, when I lived in Leicester and went to the carnival up there. They were always amazing, so chuffed to have him join us again this year!

Tom Paine / Director & Booker – Paranoid London

I don’t think there is another act that comes close to Paranoid London in the dance scene – they may well be the last punks left in the industry – and not the faux-punk posturing of Queef, proper snarling, screaming 303 acid lines, driving 808 drums and a menacing MC prowling the stage just daring you to look him in the  eye…. rock and roll!

Zaniah Carigiet / Artist Logistics – Nightmares On Wax (live)

I’m a drum and bass girl through and through – you’ll always find me bouncing to the bass in my artist logistics office. However, If I could escape the mayhem of driver’s schedules and travel logistics, I would love to see Nightmares on Wax Live.

But then Arts House Presents Artwork will be FUN! It’s just so hard to choose. My Advice – make a plan that is flexible, enjoy the day and make sure you try out the roller Disco!

Zeina Raad (Festival Director): Bicep (live)

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I’m most looking forward to seeing Bicep LIVE! All of their productions are welcome soundtracks to my life! I ran half a marathon listening to Just and Glue on repeat, I didn’t get bored of them then and I can’t wait to see them perform live at Love Saves The Day.

Dan Kealey (Marketing): Digital Mystikz

I’m unsure if this is just an elaborate ruse to find out where I’ll be skiving off to on Sunday, but I’m looking forward to seeing Digital Mystikz on the Hold Tight stage.

Between the two of them they have contributed some of dubstep’s most distinctive records, so I’m expecting big things. Honourable mentions must go to the Bristol home team of Pinch and Joker also playing on that stage.

Aisling Mustan (Press): David Rodigan and The Outlook Orchestra

Absolutely no question for me – David Rodigan with the Outlook Orchestra – I can’t imagine a better way to spend a sun-soaked Sunday at Love Saves The Day. It’s going to be a glorious symphonic sound clash of four decades of dancehall, reggae, dub, jungle and ska!

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Love Save The Day tickets: https://lovesavestheday.org/line-up/ 

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74 Things To Do On Gloucester Road

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There’s loads to do on Gloucester Road

1. Sit in the beer garden of the Prince of Wales with a pint of Gem

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2. Grab a Grecian and have an quick rave

3. Get some awesome fish and chips at Soul Fish

soul fish bristol

4. Have a lovely wheat beer and some sexy meat at Urban Standard

5. Get a hipster hair cut from ‘MackDaddys

Mack Daddys

6. Get all the penny sweets from Gloucester Road’s best sweet shop – ‘Scrumptiously Sweet

Scrumptiously-Sweet

7. Buy some new age things from Katze’

Katze Gloucester road

8. Sample some Korean food from Dain Korea

Dain Korea Gloucester road

9. Get a classic barbering ‘do’ at Francos

Barbering at Francos

10. Grab a flat white from Spicer and Cole

spicer and cole

11. Take on ‘The Kraken’ at the Hob Goblin

the kraken hob goblin

12. Buy a jumper with a wolf on it from Repsycho

repyscho gloucester road

13. Enjoy the Bristol sun at the Blue Lagoon before later watching some live music

blue lagoon

14. Eat some of the awesome ‘Galli’ plates and sink a pint at The Gallimaufry

the gali Gloucester road

15. Have a look at this brilliant graffiti on Claremont Road

Gloucester road graffiti

16. Get some home brew supplies from Brewers Droop

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17. Load up on fireworks and ‘cream’ supplies at the Fireworks shop….

the fireworks shop Gloucester road

18. Draw a pretty picture when you get some art supplies at Art @ Bristol…

art @ bristol

19. Buy some books at ‘Books for Amnesty’ and do a little good

books for amnesty

20. Buy nothing but natural & organic wholefoods at ‘ScoopAway

scoop away

21. Eat everything on the mouthwatering deli counter of ‘The olive shed shop

the oliver shed shop

22. Buy some Hare Krishna stuff from ‘Tulasi Gift Shop’

tulasi gift shop

23. Look like you’ve been to India recently and buy a new rug from ‘Shanti’

shanti

24. Grab a nectarine from ‘Gloucester Road Fruits’

Gloucester Road Fruit Shop

25. If it’s a Saturday grab a gorgeous burger from ‘Murray’s butchers‘ bbq

Gloucester road butchers

26. Eat an absolutely scrumptious breakfast and drink a marvellous smoothie from ‘Cafe Ronak’

27. Tackle ‘The Fabulous McLovin’ at Atomic Burger

28. Have a slice of pizza from Planet Pizza

planet pizza Gloucester road

29. Have an Indian BBQ.. live at your table at ‘Food Nation

food nation Gloucester road

30. Buy a ridiculous outfit at ‘Poppers The Party Shop’ and make your way to the Harbourside for your stag/hen do

poppers the party shop

 31. Sit in the beer garden at ‘The Flyer’

32. Sip a spritzer in the brilliant beer garden of ‘The Grace’

the grace bristol

33. Get a new broom from ‘Bishopston Hardware & D.I.Y Centre’

bishopston hardware shop

34. Eat one of the best bagels you’ll ever have at ‘Bagel Boy

bagel boy Gloucester road

35. Nibble some cake from… ‘CAKE

Gloucester road cake

36. Devour some Bristol tapas at ‘Zazu’s Kitchen’

zazus kitchen

37. Sit down and have an unbelievable wrap from ‘Biblos on the Hill’

biblos on the hill

38. Gobble down one of the best burgers in Bristol at ‘Ciao Burger’

ciao burger

39. Pick up some celery from ‘Pawson’s’

pawsons

40. Drink with Bristol Rovers fans at the ‘Venus Bar’

venus bar

41. Get some new curtains at ‘Marialina

marialina

42. Check out some local Bristol artists at ‘room 212

room 212

43. Join the Bishopston mums and buy some new children’s shoes from ‘Odd Sox

odd sox

44. Buy some streaky bacon from ‘Dave Giles Butchers’….and also stick around and have a look at the fabulous graffiti on their shutters

dave giles butchers

44. Have a coffee and talk to some Christians at ‘Fresh Ground Cafe’

fresh ground cafe bristol

45. Sample a full English breakfast at this classic greasy spoon ‘Metro Cafe’

metro cafe Gloucester road

46. Play some Yu-Gi-Oh! at ‘Area 51′

area 51 Gloucester road

47. Rent out ‘The Chimp House’

the chimp house bar

48. Pick up a chicken from ‘W.G Stutt & Son’

wg stutt son

49. Eat some of the best made bread in town at ‘Joe’s Bakery’

50. Quickly get your nails done at ‘Icon Beauty’

icon beauty

51. Watch some rock and or roll at ‘The Golden Lion’

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52. Pick up a single origin coffee from ‘Boston Tea Party’

boston tea party gloucester road

53. Eat some of the best fish and chips in Bristol from ‘Bishopston Fish Bar’

bishopston fish bar

54. Walk into ‘Bob’s Best’ and discover an electric shop that is still selling VCRs and Walkmans

bob's bar

55. Buy some ‘ruskie pierogi’ from this Polish shop

polish shop gloucester road

56. Visit the ’emporium of delights’ at ‘Bliss’

bliss Gloucester road

57. Pick up a marrow from ‘Five-a-Day’

five a day fruit shop

58. Grab a very sexy takeaway from ‘Food Box’

food box Gloucester road

59. Pop into ‘The Anchor’ for 2 4 1 cocktails

the anchor bristol

60. Buy some unusual furniture from ‘The Reclaimers’

61. Smoke some shisha at ‘hookah shisa garden’

hookah shisha garden

62. Eat the awesome ‘Lounge Breakfast’ at ‘Tinto Lounge

tinto lounge

63. Pick up a pickle at the best named fruit shop on Gloucester Road – ‘Three Wise Monkeys’

three wise monkeys fruit

64. Support St Peter’s Hospice by grabbing a coffee from ‘Nonesuch Cup

nonesuch cup

65. Eat one of the best sandwiches in Bristol at ‘Mad About Sarnies’

mad about sarnies

66. Get an all day breakfast and a Sunday roast at ‘International Cafe’

international cafe Gloucester road

67. Drop your kids off at ‘Soft Play’

soft play bristol

68. Stop by the famous sign

69. Have a quick pint in The Wellington

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70. Have a coffee & gelato at ‘Seeb’

gelato Gloucester road

71. Sample some pork and cider at ‘Royal Oak’

royal oak gloucester road

72. Get all of your Vietnamese needs at the ‘Vietnamese Supermarket’

vietnamse-supermarket-bristol

73. Discover a little bit of Vietnam at ‘Lost in Saigon’

lost-in-saigon

74. Eat some ridiculously exotic burgers at M.J. Dalton Butchers… including horse!

exotic burgers bristol

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18 Places to Play Table Tennis in Bristol

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The best places to play table tennis in Bristol

Table tennis isn’t just for hipsters in creative agencies these days. Thanks to Ping! Bristol there are tables dotted around Bristol if you want to play for free. Or alternatively you can sink a pint and whip out your blade (that’s table tennis lingo for a bat) in some of the best bars in Bristol.

1. Kongs of Kings Street

Kongs Table Tennis Bristol

2. The Canteen – Stokes Croft

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3. The Bearpit….when it’s not occupied.

Bear Pit Table Sleep

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4. Pata Negra – Corn Street

5. Club Haus – Welshback

club haus bristol

6. North Street – Bedminster

7. Ping Pong Parlour – Easton

ping pong parlour

8. Vivo Sports Club – Welshback

9. Ashton Court

10. Revolutions – St Nicholas St

11. Bambalan

bambalan table tennis

12. Montpellier Park

13. St. George Park

14. Dame Emily Park, Bedminster

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15. Greville Smyth Park

16. Eastville Park

17. Wiff Waff, Baldwin Street

18. Battle of the Paddle

Not technically a physical location but these amazing guys put on table tennis events across Bristol.

Have we missed any of your favourite places to play table tennis in Bristol? Pop them in the comments!

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7 Awesome Festivals Coming Up In And Around Bristol

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Our favourite festivals coming up in and around Bristol

This has been one of the best Summers ever. Football almost came home, the sun will never leave us and festival season is here! Cue a loss and stormy weather but the last remains a fact! We can’t control how England perform or the weather but we can pick and choose our favourite festivals to enjoy this summer, and here our seven of our favourites which are in, or a short drive from, Bristol.

Upfest – 28th – 20th July

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Via Andrew Parsons

Oh well done Bristol, keeping your title of Graffiti Don with Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival! Upfest is an amazing event where over 300 artists and 50,000 viewers descend on South Bristol to admire the amazing creations that are adorned onto every available space.

This year they have teamed up with The Simpsons to create the theme and celebrate their 10th anniversary! Plus, Matt Groening himself has handpicked three Upfest artists to bring Springfield to South Bristol.

As well as enjoying all the art you can also have a dance, drink some cider and eat loads of great street food- plus it’s free!

Bristol Harbour Festival 20th – 22nd July

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About as Bristol as a pint of cider while listening to the Wurzels, the Bristol Harbour festival is an absolute highlight for us. For the weekend the whole of the city centre is taken over for everyone to enjoy for free! Music, food, art, activities for everyone and all them boats makes this one of the best festivals in the South West!

Don’t forget to explore the areas away from the main hub this year as things have been moved about a bit.

The Balloon Fiesta 9th – 12th August

bristol balloons sky

Via. Jim Cossey

Another Europe’s biggest title for Bristol, this time the annual meeting of hot air balloons! The Balloon Fiesta has been a Bristol highlight for us since we were just nippers, as what’s more exciting than seeing a hot air balloon in the sky – and then multiplying that by 150!

This really is a site that you can only see in Bristol, plus it is free!

Cock & Bull – 10th – 12th August

cock and bull festival

“A party on a farm” is about one of the most West Country phrases a festival can adopt – and we love it. Not only is this a cracking little festival just an hours drive from Bristol, it is also raising money for a great cause, Jamie’s Farm. Jamie’s Farm help children from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom have never left the cities they were born in! They do this through farming, community and counselling.

Plus, their line up is punching some weight for a small festival, there’s the farmer Olympics, loads of free workshops and talks and general well-being. This is one for food lovers, music lovers, ravers and families – basically it’s got something for everyone and adult weekend tickets are under £100.

Redfest – 4th August

Redfest is back in St George park again! Yas! Redfest has always been one of our favourite free festivals in Bristol. From humble beginnings this has become one of Bristol’s biggest free festivals which was started to celebrate and bring together the culture of East Bristol.

The music is always amazing, the food is top notch and the sense of community spirit is proper Bristol! We’re so glad it’s back in it’s spiritual home, it wasn’t the same when it wasn’t in the park! Great for families and those looking to get their skank on!

The Downs Festival – 1st September

downs festival

Credit Chris Cooper

You’ll find us at the front of this one crying to Orbital! The Downs Festival, now in its third year, has pulled in some heavyweight acts and this year is no different. Orbital, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paul Weller and Goldie to name but a few.

For everyone missing Glastonbury, this is nothing like that, however you can get your big hitting musical fix right here in Bristol. Plus, you get to go home at the end and have a hot bath and a cup of tea!

Simple Things – 20th October

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For festival lovers who don’t need a season to party, Simple Things is back this year with a scaled down, more intimate event. Simple Things is a multi-venue, city centre festival where music is definitely the star of the show. This is always a popular event and as it is smaller this year tickets will sell out faster than usual, they are already on pre-order so make sure you sign up!

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