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Maia, winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide award for outstanding live band in 2014 and self-proclaimed sci-fi folk evangelists are taking a break from recording to play a string of dates including Beverley Folk Festival (17-19 June).

How would you describe your sound?
We play rocking harmonic sci-fi folk!

Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer?

We’ve been putting the final touches to our third album, Wild Waters, which is due for release later this year. Aside from that, we’ve been gigging, rehearsing, gigging and then more rehearsing, getting our set together for 2016.

What festivals are you playing this year?
We will be heading out of the UK for the first time to play Costa del Folk in Majorca, which is delightfully exciting. We will be playing a few festivals in the UK too, including Cropredy and Beverley Folk festival.

Who else are you excited to see at the festivals?
We always try to catch as much music at possible when we are at festivals. We get a thrill out of trudging about discovering new music.

If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like, with artists dead or alive?
The morning set would be given to Joni Mitchell – keep it nice and chilled out. Then we’d pick up the mood with Tame Impala in the afternoon, and the early evening slot would be given to spaced-out jams from the Grateful Dead, and then we’d have to get the party started with Michael Jackson for the headline slot. Nobody could question the groove!

What’s your best festival memory?
Finding out that moon boots are not the most suitable replacement for wellies at Green Man! Also John Grant’s set at Wilderness last year was something to behold.

What’s in your festival survival kit?
Lots of beer, a gas cooking hob and several kilos of rice. Also never scrimp on your sleeping bag. It’s the only thing to keep you warm on those cold nights.

Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
The ideal festival for us would have lots of good food (vegan options available), good scenery and good company. What more could you need?

Antonia Charlesworth

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