Love Saves The Day to leave Eastville Park
ONE of the two major music festivals staged at Eastville Park is leaving next year.
Organisers of Love Saves The Day say that next year's event will be the last at its home for the past five festivals.
They have declined to give any reason for the decision or confirm whether the event will be staged again at a different venue in 2021.
Next year's Love Saves The Day will be held on May 23-24 next year and tickets went on sale on October 3.
The organisers announced the decision in a statement which described the event as the "last dance at Eastville Park".
They said: "After five triumphant years of Love Saves The Day in Eastville Park, the time has finally come for one last dance in our much-loved home.
"Since our inaugural event in Eastville back in 2015, Love Saves The Day has evolved across so many fronts, with 2019 culminating in spectacular fashion as our fastest selling event on record.
"We've been joined by the likes of Lily Allen, Stormzy, Fatboy Slim, Dizzee Rascal, Jessie Ware, Four Tet, Peggy Gou, Fat Freddy's Drop, Skepta, Bonobo, Little Dragon, Andy C & so many more ground-breaking artists from both mainstream leanings and a broad underground spectrum.
"The arrival of The Centre Stage and Lonely Hearts Club have spearheaded the development of increasingly ambitious stage productions, whilst keeping one-eye on the small touches and non-musical entertainment that has become part of the fabric of Love Saves The Day.
"We've also launched a number of initiatives; helping to ensure the event has remained as sustainable, inclusive and socially responsible as possible.
"So, we invite you to join us. For one final leap into Eastville Park, for one last hurrah, for one final send off. Come and help us write the final paragraph, for this chapter anyway..."
The Voice asked Love Saves The Day whether there were any problems with the park as a venue that had led to the decision or whether a new site had been identified but were told they were "not in a position to comment" at the moment.
Andrew Gee, from the Friends of Eastville Park, said they had a "very good relationship with LSTD and are sad to hear that they are moving on".
He said: "They have always listened to and acted on any concerns we have had and done their very best to ensure that the festival goes well and that the park is returned to its former loveliness once the music stops and everyone’s gone home.
"The generous donations that they have been able to make have enabled us to carry out significant maintenance and improvements throughout the park through our regular funding of ParkWork."
Donations had funded a new piece of playground equipment due to be installed later this year and staging and portable toilets had been provided for last year’s Santa’s Grotto event.
The park also hosts the Tokyo World festival in September.
Picture: Love Saves The Day. Photo by Matt Eachus, courtesy of Love Saves The Day