Dig out your sparkliest neon outfit and head to Eastville Park for Love Saves The Day returning to Eastville Park for the May Bank Holiday weekend (25-26 May). As well as a magnificent musical line-up, there's lots more to discover at one of the city's biggest music festivals...

We asked the festival directors to give us their top 10 picks for this year’s Love Saves the Day:

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Lily Allen

It is now an incredible thirteen years since Lily Allen shot to number 1 in the UK with her single ‘Smile’. Four studio albums and a whole heap of collaborations later, she can almost be considered a Grand Dame of the music scene, so she rightfully holds the Saturday main stage headline slot. Lily always has her finger on the pulse and, as proven by her recent partnerships with Mark Ronson, Giggs, Burna Boy and Lady Chann, there’s always an impressive queue of artists and producers waiting to work with her. Borrowing elements of grime, afrobeat, rap and dancehall to mix with her own brand of Jamaican flavoured pop, her style remains fresh and her lyrics raw and confessional. Always opinionated and never too far from the latest political controversy, expect an inspirational rant or two in between the dancing.

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Jimothy Lacoste

One of the hottest tickets of the weekend is bound to be for North Londoner, Timothy Gonzales’ set. With his witty, well-observed raps it’s no surprise that this DIY star is drawing comparisons to The Streets’ Mike Skinner. Put on your box fresh Lacoste and make sure you’re looking your poppin’ preppy best.

Chase & Status Return II Jungle

Anyone else fizzing with excitement for Sunday’s main stage headliners? Having spent time in the studios of Kingston, Jamaica getting straight to the source of their influences and inspiration, Chase & Status made their own dancehall tracks so that they had something completely original to sample for their RTRN II Jungle record. This is probably going to be one of the hottest dance floors of the weekend. You’ve seen the documentary, now go see the show.

Maribou State

Taking in Love Saves the Day as part of their 2019 world tour, it’s thrilling to have the electronic duo in Bristol. Recent live performances have been nothing short of blissful - expect to be blown away.

Denis Sulta

Annie Mac chose Denis Sulta for her final mini-mix of 2018, you’ll see why. Expect to hear infectious disco, selected soul and house from this extraordinary talent.

Ocean Wisdom

You know you’re going places when you have both Method Man’s and Dizzee Rascal’s stamp of approval. Ocean Wisdom’s incredible, double-time delivery and hip-hop grooves are set to be a highlight of the weekend.

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TS Graye

Bristol’s own TS Graye is keeping this fair city on the musical map. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her play her first festival.

Peggy Gou

Last year’s ‘It Makes You Forget’ was a real summer anthem, introducing many to the awesome contemporary mixes of Peggy Gou. With a style which takes in the legacies of the London, Chicago and Berlin house and techno scenes, Peggy at the Paradiso stage is going to make Sunday unforgettable.

Ray Blk

Although she had already worked with Stormzy by then, Ray Blk won BBC's Sound of 2017 award as an unsigned artist. When you hear her beautiful blend of rap, soul and RnB you’ll understand why. Live performance is really her thing, so don’t miss out on what is sure to be the perfect soundtrack to a sun-soaked (fingers crossed) Sunday.

Octavian

Imagine spending just £50 (allegedly) to make a video, and then having that video gain over 2 million hits on Youtube, and then you end up attracting the attention of Drake with it! Well that’s what happened for Octavian with the single ‘Party Here’. It’s obvious that there’s something special about this French-born, Southeast Londoner. Show up on Sunday for Octavian’s bass heavy beats, laid-back minimalist hooks and unique half-sung-half-spoken vocals.

The festival continues into the night with Love Saves The Night at Motion (25 May).

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A Bristol born festival that showcases a diverse range of genres and music styles.