The Maccabees’ Malawian adventure

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Orlando Weeks arses about for NME’s photographer in Malawi ahead of the band’s appearance at the Lake Of Stars festival, which ran from October 15-18, in the plush Sunbird Nkopola Lodge. Pic: Elliott Andrews

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A pair of Maccabees meet the locals in Malawi. NME’s Jamie Fullerton (not pictured) was there with them – you can read his report in the new issue of the mag, onsale now. Pic: Jamie Fullerton

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Orlando meets a new dance partner. Highlight of his trip? “I saw a monkey back at my hotel,” he says. “I went to grab my camera and it roared at me. It had a baby with it…” Pic: Elliott Andrews

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The Maccabees spent their final day in Malawi on safari at Liwonde National Park, before doing a farewell DJ set on the beach. Pic: Elliott Andrews

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The Maccabees in full swing at the Lake Of Stars festival. At one point, they invited four girls on stage to dance with them before recruiting another later to add harmonica to ‘Toothpaste Kisses’. Pic: Elliott Andrews

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Thankfully there was plenty of time to relax after the gig… Pic: Elliott Andrews

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Maccabees guitarist Hugo White on safari. Pic: Elliott Andrews

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Started in 2004 as a DJ-led event, Lake Of Stars has expanded in size and musical range while forging partnerships with the local community and charity programmes which share the event’s profits. Pic: Elliott Andrews

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Drummer Sam Doyle feels the heat in Malawi. The band admit they have no idea why they were invited to play. “We feel like fish out of water,” confesses Felix White. Pic: Elliot Andrews

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The Maccabees at Lake Of Stars. Said one of the homegrown acts on the bill of the indie interlopers in their midst: “Soft rock – very good!” Pic: markjonesphoto.com

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The Maccabees at Lake Of Stars, Malawi. Pic: markjonesphoto.com

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The Maccabees at Lake Of Stars, Malawi. Pic: markjonesphoto.com

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