So, it turns out the smoking area of Green Door Store has the capacity to be quite pleasant. Who knew? It helps that on this occasion (Saturday 30th June), it was populated largely with Brighton’s femme, queer (and otherwise) creatives. So, rather than stinking of Tuborg and cigarettes, the much more alluring smell of tacos filled the space, courtesy of Cactus Kitchen Girls.
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.