Over the last 12 months, online magazine Hidden Herd have announced themselves as a fantastic promoter offering up the best of indie music. Thus, their very first festival was an eclectic affair showcasing bands from Brighton and further afield in an all-dayer that grew more and more in strength as it escalated up the bill. From prog-rock to operatic pop, this wasn’t only an entertaining day of music, it was an exciting portrayal into the strength of up-and-coming British guitar music.
Small Pond Records have always done things their way; supporting bands that they genuinely want to succeed. Thus, their very own festival, Bad Pond Festival, now bigger and better than ever, was a showcase of the alternative side of the music industry and a perfect encapsulation of the Small Pond ethos. Whether it was math rock, indie, pop, or psych, it was a celebration of the bands on the outside of mainstream music, and it had a real community feel of bands supporting bands. Ultimately, it was a diverse and interesting array of acts over two fantastic days and two unique stages, which were staggered in stage times meaning you could catch every single band you wanted to.