BBC Introducing and AIF presents...Lola King and the Kickstarts

As part of our interview series Wikifestivals presents The Wiki 10, a set of questions answered by the exciting and fresh artists selected as part of a BBC and AIF initiative, which sees upcoming artists given the opportunity to not only play at the recently passed Hackney Weekend, but also at other large festivals in the UK calender!

Previously we interviewed Lil Simz, next up it is Lola King and the Kickstarts, who have appeared at the following festivals:

Those of us yet to hear your sound, how would you describe your music?

It's hard to pigeon hole us- We're a new take on the classic 4 piece guitar band, exciting, genuine, raw.

How was your experience on the BBC Introducing stage at Hackney Weekend?

Loved it-the crowd was awesome- It was just over too quickly!

If you could headline any festival of your choice, which would you choose and why?

Coachella, I saw a video on youtube of Cage the Elephant playing Coachella, it was chucking it down with rain, the band were smacking it and the crowd loved it. It looked like an amazing moment and I've been fantasising about doing it my self since I saw it!

What was the first festival you ever attended?

Abbey Park festival in Leicester. I was a wide eyed, eager 14 year old growing up in boring suburbia so the idea of musicians rolling in to town for the weekend seemed so romantic to me.

The atmosphere was so warm-everyone was wearing weird and brilliant clothes and there was different music playing everywhere- Leicester didn't feel like Leicester that day! I saw a punk/ska band called the Splitters and I was totally in awe!

How did you feel about your slot at Folk on the Water?

Folk on the water was fun-It was a lovely chilled affair.

How did you feel before your slots at Nostock, what did you hope people would take away from your performances?

It's cool-we're really excited! I wish festival season lasted all year!!! We hoped the audience left feeling upbeat and full of the joys of life-that's what gig's are for!

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Any releases or tours that we can look forward to?

We're currently recording our first feature length album, and will be announcing tour dates soon.You can keep up to date with all news here

Of the other 18 acts who had been chosen for this great AIF and BBC Introducing opportunity, who would you recommend and why?

I like The Skints-they played the Introducing Stage at Hackney on the Saturday. I watched it all on the live stream-they were the best I reckon-great festival band!

Have you got any other festival appearances booked after your Folk on the Water, Nozstock and The Magic Loungeabout performances?

No more festivals but plenty of gigs.

What would be the ultimate piece of advice you could to anyone attending a festival for this first time this year?

Everyone's gonna say wellies- I say condoms! It's more important to practice safe sex than to have dry feet!!

Lastly, of all the festivals in the UK, which ones would you recommend that music fans check out and why?

Which ever one your favourite bands are playing at-it's all about the music at the end of the day.