Three friends have organised a pounding percussive session at Brighton Electric. The Three Amigos, Gabor Dornyei, Siemy Di and Howard Farren-Bradley, plus a a few of their friends, will be hosting this amazing event, which costs just £6, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer & Oxfam.

Howard has been drumming for 21 years, and currently plays in two bands, including Burning Indifference. Studying at Kingston Music College, and then Access To Music (Now Access Creative College), he went on to play across London and the UK. He’s now started his own recording studio in Norfolk, and is working with Megadeth’s producer, as well as representing major instrument brands and organising drum clinics for charity.

A London-based drummer, percussionist and composer, Siemy’s fascination with rhythm shaped his musical education as he journeyed through the roots of jazz, Latin, rock and African music. He’s composed music for London’s Royal Court Theatre, and has performed with the likes of Roy Ayers, David Bowie, Mofro, S Club 7, Jimmy Sommerville, Zucchero and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice/ Spice Girls), as well as winning several awards.

One of the most in-demand and successful solo artists, session drummers, and drum clinicians/educators, Gabor’s diverse talent led him to perform all around the globe. He’s played at hundreds of festivals, and participated in the London production of Thriller Live World Tour for three consecutive years. As a session player he’s contributed to over 100 albums, including Gold and Platinum selling pop-rock albums and several cartoon and movie soundtracks for Walt Disney.


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The UMAs (Unsigned Music Awards) are back in May, opening The Great Escape at the Brighton Centre, and they’ve just announced their first artist. Mullally, winner of ‘Best Male Solo Act’ at the first ever Unsigned Music Awards in 2016, will return to open the second instalment of the biggest award ceremony in new music on Weds 16 May.

While some artists choose to stay independent, research suggests that around 85% are looking for major label backing. Aiming to provide an invaluable link between emerging artists and the industry, the UMAs exist to champion the cause of all their winners and nominees. “Mullally took to the stage as a brand new, unsigned artist at the first ever UMAs held at the Troxy Theatre in London, to collect his Award for Best Male,” says Simon O’Kelly, CEO of UMA Music Group. “A few months later he signed a major deal with Atlantic Records and more recently, a publishing deal with Kobalt Music Publishing. It feels right to invite Mullally back to champion all that can be achieved following a win at the UMAs – his journey over the last year highlights the exciting potential, and we’re proud to have been a part of his journey.”

Mullally’s first three releases (Overdose, Troubled Love and Wonderful) have amassed over 6 million streams on Spotify alone. Now signed to Atlantic Records UK, Mullally is working on his debut album and can be seen throughout the summer playing many of the UK’s biggest festivals.


Brighton’s Small Pond are dedicated building a platform for up- and-coming artists and bands. This small team of multi-disciplined music fans and professionals who love music have released records, hosted live events, recorded artists, filmed live sessions, promoted great bands, worked with some incredible people and even built their own studio & rehearsal space.

To consolidate their reputation as one of the city’s leading lights in great music, Small Pond present their own festival on Fri 27 – Sat 28 April. Bad Pond takes over both rooms of The Arch, it’s the best place to hear experimental and progressive live music from across the world. It’ll see sets from Ttng, The Physics House Band, Delta Sleep, Tangled Hair, Slabdragger, Suffer Like G Did, Yumi and the Weather, Gender Roles, Wild Cat Strike and a host of other great bands.

Heading to the Small Pond Studios the next day (Sun 29 April) comes a special full band masterclass with Sargent House’s Ttng. The band has gained a huge worldwide cult following worldwide, and this event will be a unique opportunity to get an insight into the Ttng‘s unique sound, style and technique, discuss what it takes to maintain a successful touring band and even a chance for some informal Q&A.

Small Pond Studios host another masterclass with AlunaGeorge / Tangled Hair’s James Trood on Sat 31 March. This class will be a valuable insight into an artist who has performed with Ben Khan, Colour, Jess Glynne and Lilly Ahlberg. His unique style and approach to drumming has seen him sustain a career as a successful session player and touring musician.

Another Small Pond masterclass sees Nick Reinhart, most known for his work with Tera Melos, Death Grips, Mike Watt and Fender, show off his skills on Thurs 15 March. It’ll focus on Nick’s truly unique approach to guitar playing, effects pedals, and his work with the numerous projects.

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