BBC Introducing and AIF Presents...My Panda Shall Fly

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, Lola King and The Kickstarts, and Kersha Bailey, next up it's My Panda Shall Fly who is set to appear at In The Woods Festival.

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

Punk glam/power pop "sy-ko-dee-lia" is probably the best way to describe my sound.

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

It was fantastic. Everyone involved were super-helpful and friendly and it was such a fun day. I sincerely hope I get to do it again sometime.

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

I think it'd have to be the Roswell UFO Festival, just to hang out with and talk to a bunch of crazy UFO-freaks (and maybe spot a UFO, too)

What was the first festival you ever attended?

I can't remember but it was most probably one of those random free-entry festivals in some field in a far away borough of London put on to remind people that there is actually life in those parts

How do you feel about your upcoming slot at In the Woods Festival? What do you think that people will take away from your performance?

I am really excited for In The Woods, I've heard about it a few times and the video from last year looked absolutely incredible. I can't wait to be there. I hope that some people that might not have heard of me before come to see me and become fans :)

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

I've got a non-stop 30 minute cassette tape release coming on Prague-based label AM DISCS (August) and also a collaborative 7" record with Adventure Elephant on Tape Club Records. Both are limited edition. Really looking forward to those hitting the shops.

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

I really liked The Skints, didn't know what they were going to be like but ended up dancing along to them in the sunshine!

Have you got any other festival appearances booked other than your In the Woods performance?

I am playing Shambala Festival which is going to be amazing. I played there in 2009 and it's great to be going back there again. Always lots of fun there. I hope I'm allowed to take my pet ferret there this time, though.

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

Wear clothes.

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

I think a lot of good music is waiting to be discovered at the smaller stages of festivals and festivals themselves. I saw some really great music at Brainchild Festival earlier this year which was the first time it had happened but was a great success.