Bad Pond Festival review

16th May 2019

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Over the Easter Weekend, Bad Pond Festival, a festival by record label Small Pond, stormed Concorde 2 in Brighton. Despite the sunshine outside, the experimental festival was packed early, with the bar stage kicking off with Holy Glam.

Saturday performances included Beach Riot, who brought a high-energy set full of compelling melodies and rocking guitar. CLT DRP, an electro-punk trio based in Brighton, wowed with unique vocals and a radical blend of instruments, creating a noisy set that captivated their audience.

What really set the festival ahead of others was the amount of talent on offer covering a variety of genres. Personal highlights included Natalie Evans, performing for one of the first times with a full band with her charming, glistening vocals. Natalie’s performance managed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, even if you were standing at the back. Her emotional songs were carried by the melody of each soothing track, with the unique use of harp.

Three Trapped Tigers later took to the main stage as the headliners of the evening. Drawing in the crowd, the experimental rock trio from London, brought spectacular synth lines and impressive keys as they sophisticatedly dominated the venue during their hour and ten-minute set. Their experimental sound makes for an interesting listen, with ferocious drum patterns creating a sound not for passive listening.

As the night drew to a close and the sunshine’s heat finally shifted, the crowd, pleased with the collection of music that met their ears throughout the day, absconded from Concorde 2 to carry on the party.

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Emma Sherar