In addition to huge names such as Jamie Lenman, Anchorsong and Kagoule already announced, the latest wave includes even more killer names. Nottingham noise-makers Palm Reader, hardcore outfit Press to Meco, Holy Roar Records signees Ohhms, and Brighton-based Nervus are all set to feature at the festival, while the homegrown aspect of the festival has continued to rise, too, with Wild Cat Strike, Poly-Math and Broker also appearing across the two day festival.
Brighton four-piece Wild Cat Strike have released ‘I Feel Good’, the first track from their forthcoming debut album Rhubarb Nosatalgia, released via their hometown label, Small Pond, this autumn.
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.