FOCUS WALES is fast becoming one of the most exciting showcase festivals in the UK. Each year the festival brings together an astounding line-up celebrating the best new talent to come out of Wales, as well as established and critically acclaimed acts from across the UK and further afield. This year is no different – some might even say they’ve truly outdone themselves.
For 2018, the Wrexham-based festival bring a host of groundbreaking acts to their shores. THIS IS THE KIT, riding high on the acclaim of their recent groove-laden album Moonshine Freeze, and JANE WEAVER, whose dazzling 2017 LP Modern Kosmologie featured in pretty much every album of the year list we’ve laid our eyes on, will perform at the festival, which takes place from 10th – 12th May across a host of venues. Other big hitters include the guitar-heavy artistry of songwriter BILL RYDER-JONES and influential Welsh musician EUROS CHILDS (formerly of the fabled Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, and injecting magic into his solo work ever since), as well as Welsh rising stars like the Heavenly Recordings-signed Cardiff whizz kids BOY AZOOGA.
Liverpool’s proximity to North Wales is well chronicled and we’re very pleased to be involved in presenting some of the tip top acts on the bill who are making waves on Liverpool’s shores – singer-songwriter ESME BRIDIE releases her debut LP Today It Rains on 23rd March, in plenty of time for the May festival. Her work evokes that of Joni Mitchell and Carole King, and her gig is a must for anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with quality, folk-tinged songwriting. On the other end of the aural spectrum, post-hardcore math rockers ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY, will be making the trip too. Expect things to get loud when these guys roll in. Very loud. Also repping Bido Lito! are young punks CHUPA CABRA. The Trashmouth Records signees are flying the flag for grungey, in-your-face garage punk that doesn’t hold back. We challenge you to get within spitting distance of them. As well as showcasing local acts, the festival also incorporates plenty of international showcases and a fast-paced conference element – so there’s absolutely loads for you to get stuck into.
Focus Wales takes place at various venues across Wrexham from 10th – 12th May. Check out their full programme here.