BBC Introducing and AIF introduces...Kersha Bailey

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 and Lola King and The Kickstarts, next up it's Kersha Bailey who have appeared at this year's Leefest.

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

Lol this question is always tricky, as my music doesn't fit into one genre, but i would say my roots are Jazz then it branches out into Indie and Acoustic soul

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

Amazing!!! It felt so surreal on stage didn't even feel real, then it hit me when i was performing my Promises Medley, I had to hold back the tears.

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

I have quite a few in mind like London Jazz Festival, Coachella and Radio 1 Big weekend

What was the first festival you ever attended?

Rise Festival

How did you feel about your slot at Leefest? What do you think that people took away from your performance?

To be honest i was just happy to be performing outside of London. it was a really great experience.

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

I released my album on iTunes in March, so my next steps are to secure a tour around the uk and then continue planning for my future projects.

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

Not sure, too many to choose from :-)

Have you got any other festival appearances booked after your Leefest performance?

Yes I'll be at BT London Live for the Olympics which should be fun!

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

Do not underestimate the power of wellies! No erm i guess it would be to enjoy it, festivals have such a free spirit kinda feeling, where everyone's happy and having fun, so when performing just enjoy it

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

Not many, only been to two :( but i would love to know a few to check out for next year