This year sees our most expansive conference programme yet, equally in terms of the diversity of subjects and areas covered as with our line-up of expert speakers.

Main conference programme announced

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Arts Council of Wales Funding Surgeries
Friday 26th April

Do you have a music or arts project that needs supporting? Information Officers Lowri and Catrin will be at the Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales stand on Friday to discuss funding opportunities from Arts Council of Wales. To book a 30 minute funding surgery slot please email with some information on the project you'd like funding for. Please note there are a limited amount of slots available and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Unsure if you're project is suitable for funding? Take a look at the guidelines:
Arts Grants for Individuals
Arts Grants for Organisations

Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales @ Focus Wales
Thursday 25th April & Friday 26th April

Cardiff is delighted to have been selected as host city for WOMEX, the leading international world music expo, in 2013. Over five days, some 2500 delegates from 1250 music related companies, from across 100 countries and over 300 national and international journalists will come together at The Motorpoint Arena to do business, explore diverse music cultures, listen to 40 speakers in 20 conference sessions and music showcases by day. By night, the focus turns to Wales Millennium Centre in the Bay and doors are opened to public, music specialists and world music fans alike, who together will enjoy over 60 showcases of the best world music on the planet across 6 stages and DJ nights in Cardiff Bay.

Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales, and its partner organisations responsible for securing and delivering WOMEX 13, Cardiff, are already working with the musicians, music managers and associated businesses across Wales to develop the sector and drive activities that will form a lasting legacy for the industry and economy of Wales. We'll have a stand at Focus Wales to provide musicians, music enterprises, music organisations and local businesses with opportunities to find out more about WOMEX 2013, how to get involved and discuss ongoing activities and development opportunities the have been catalysed by this amazing opportunity to put Wales's music industry in the international spotlight.

Please stop by our stand at FOCUS Wales Conference at the Catrin Finch Centre Bar/Reception, Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW.

Un-Convention presents "Build your dream festival, fans and artists"

Happy fans + contented artists = successful festival. But what do they both really want from a festival? And what would their dream festival include? This panel will ask fans and artists what exactly it is they like and dislike about festivals, what can be done to improve the experience for both parties and what challenges lie in the way of the dream festival experience.

Un-Convention is a not for profit global grassroots and independent creative membership organisation.
Un-Convention has happened 29 times around the globe in three years and has another 20 events planned for 2011/12. Un-Convention happens over five continents and in cities from Swansea to Sao Paulo. Un-Convention annually involves 1,500 artists and bands, 16,400 participants, 36,000 gig goers and 140,000 people online. Of those attending Un-Convention, 40% of people are from disadvantaged backgrounds. It happens in some of the most amazing spaces including The Roundhouse, Auditorio Ibirapuera, and Salford Lads Club; and as part of some incredible festivals like Primavera Sound, Eurosonic and MICA.

4.00pm At Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham.
Friday 26th April



Meet Welsh Music Foundation (co-hosted by Focus Wales)

Catrin Finch Centre
Friday 26th April 6 – 7pm
Full details here


JOHN ROBB - Acclaimed writer, musician & author of best selling
books including the 'Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of
British Pop', a regular TV and radio pundit and boss of one of
the UK's top 5 music culture websites

THOMAS HEHER, was born in 1974, and has been active in the cultural sector since 1996. He is co-founder of pop culture magazines The Gap and TBA and the literature magazine Volltext. He used to run the Viennese record label P.A.M. Records and collected a wealth of experience promoting concerts, readings and film screenings in the Capital. Currently he works as festival director of Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference. In the course of 4 days, WAVES VIENNA 2012 presented more than 130 acts from 24 countries on 14 stages in Vienna. Between Thursday and Sunday, more than 10,800 people visited the festival.

AL FARQUHAR of Modern Art is a 25 year industry veteran who has run a major label (GoBeat) and major label International division (Polydor), he manages three artists all signed with Indies and started an EU area festival - exporting the London festival Camden Crawl to Dublin in 2012. His experience includes working with Ian Brown, Bjork, The Cure, Portishead, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Van Morrison amongst others. Al fought in the acid house wars in the late 80s, during which he fronted a band that were signed to Polydor before being dropped for being genuinely rubbish, even by the standards of toytown techno.

A P CHILDS started out as a freelance press photographer and is still very much active as a snapper. He is also a freelance writer and music industry reporter and has contributed to various publications including various publications including Artrocker & The Guardian. In December 2012, he launched 'Club Radio Free Europe' in London. A monthly night committed to showcasing new and emerging artists from across the continent and beyond. Andrew also divides time as an artist manager and on occasion is employed as a press agent.

JOHN ROSTRON has recently been appointed as Senior Manager of the Welsh Music Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation core-funded by Welsh Government to support and develop a sustainable music industry in Wales. He arrives fresh from co-founding Swn Festival with BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, a 6,000 capacity annual new music festival which take place each October in Cardiff. With Huw he also recently co-founded the Welsh Music Prize, a new Prize to reward creativity in music from Wales. Previously he has worked as an artist manager (Huw Stephens, Marissa Nadler), record label owner (Cerys Matthews, Richard James) and TV music talent booker. He is also one half of Sleeveface.

JOSH HYNES, Partner, Brand and Artist Development - Pipe & HatJosh Hynes is a graduate of the Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications department at the University of Winnipeg and has been a member of the Pipe & Hat team since the fall of 2010. He brings a strong background in business and communications and combines it with his affection for the music industry to drive him to learn its ins and outs. He has quickly developed working relationships with key figures within Pipe & Hat's network and is on a continuous mission to scout Winnipeg's up and coming talent while further developing the Pipe & Hat brand on local, national, and international levels.

PAUL GRAY Paul learned to play the bass by miming in front of the bedroom mirror to T Rex. Clearly this must have worked, as he joined his first band Eddie & the Hot Rods a few years later in 1975, signing to Island Records and touring the US with The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads at the spearhead of the new wave / punk movement. In 1980 he was press-ganged into joining punk rockers The Damned where he spent a colourful 3 years before moving on as bassist / songwriter with the rock band UFO. He rejoined The Damned in 1989, has sessioned for a variety of artists from Wham!'s Andrew Ridgely to the Johnny Thunders and has had more band bust ups, record deals and managers that he can remember. Paul can still be found wielding his trusty Rickenbacker alongside Damned guitarist Captain Sensible who he has just written and recorded a new album with.

In 2004 Paul was appointed as the Musicians' Union Regional Officer for Wales and South West England. The MU represent over 30,000 musicians, writers, producers, teachers and students working in all sectors of the music industry across all genres, assisting in protecting their rights, offering free contract and legal advice, collecting royalties, negotiating rates, chasing up unpaid fees and advising their members in all aspects of their careers within the music industry.

GUTO PRYCE is a founder member of both GULP and SUPER FURRY ANIMALS. With Super Furry Animals, he has recorded and released nine studio albums, with record labels Creation, Epic, Placid Casual and Rough Trade and toured extensively around the globe. In 2012 Guto began performing with singer Lindsey Leven under the name GULP, releasing the single 'Game Love' to high praise. This was followed by a tour of the UK and Ireland with DJANGO DJANGO towards the end of last year. The debut LP by GULP is due for release this summer.

AIMEE-JADE HAYES Aimee co-founded Cardiff's MMP magazine in 2009 to promote music and events in the city after relocating there from Dublin. She started out managing a live music bar in Dublin in 1999, managed in-house events at N. Wales' Hendre Hall; ran independent reggae, dub, garage, mod and soul live/club nights in Cardiff and Dublin; and promoted and tour-managed artists throughout Europe. She has been releasing music through the See Monkey Do Monkey Label since 2008, including albums by Keys, The Method, Colorama and Houdini Dax, with one album (Colorama - Box) being nominated for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize. She currently manages Cardiff based bands Keys and Fist of the First Man and is in the process of setting up a new, innovative music publishing and sync company with Charlotte Church and her manager Rhiannon Morgan-Bell called See Monkey Songs.

PETE BAILEY Promotions manager looking after Radio, TV & Clubs for Nuclear Blast Records UK, national radio DJ for Q Radio & Kerrang! Radio. Pete started his career in the music industry in 2007 by studying studio & recording performance technology at Glyndwr University. There he also started his own metal radio show on local community station Calon FM and worked closely with Wrexham's live music venue Central Station. After graduating university Pete started his own management/PR company working with various different artists and gaining a lot of experience working with press, booking agents and record labels. In 2012 Pete was offered a position working for Nuclear Blast Records which is the worlds biggest independent heavy metal label. As promotions manager Pete's role is to expose the roster of artists as much as possible through Radio, TV & Club promotions, currently Pete is working campaigns for Anthrax, Hatebreed We Came As Romans and more. As a national radio DJ Pete presents the rock show on Q Radio every Saturday 9-11pm and is a cover presenter for Kerrang! Radio, previously Pete has interviewed the likes of Black Sabbath, Andy Copping (Download Organiser), Iron Maiden, Jeff Wayne and more.

RUTH DANIEL, Un-Convention, UK Ruth Daniel is a creative social music entrepreneur. Ruth was Founder and Director of Manchester based independent record label, Fat Northerner Records (2003 – 2010); global grassroots music event and community founder and Director of Un-Convention; and Director of new seaside 'festival of festivals', One of These Days. Ruth also manages Times Award winning research project at The University of Manchester, 'In Place of War' that represents and researches a creative community in sites of armed conflict.

MALCOLM HAYNES, Glastonbury Festival, UK Malcolm Haynes (DJ Baby Malc Selector) has been promoting since his teens and has spent most of his life promoting some of the best acts in the world in his home town of Bristol and various UK festivals. He has worked at Glastonbury Festival since 1990 when started booking for the then: Jazz-world stage. In 2005 Malcolm created and programmed the Dance Village at Glastonbury, which has 7 venues covering live bands as well as DJs and this is very much a festival within a festival. This year Malcolm is Revamping the whole Dance Area with a new name (Silver Hayes) new structures and layout of the area.

Malcolm has been production manager on all of the UK Film Premiers and Rally Launch parties since 2000 for the Gumball Rally 3000. Along with his partner (Sally Gamble) he created in 2005 a unique and new successful festival cabaret and cocktail bar 'The World Famous Pussy Parlure' getting rave features in the Independent, Guardian and Observer newspapers and very successful appearances at Festivals like Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival. He is branching out and diversifying his activities in the music business and is working with NZ Shapeshifter as their UK booking agent. As a DJ Malcolm doesn't do tricks he just plays great tunes. He has a regular monthly slot at the Big Chill Bar in Bristol and Djs at various private parties.

LOUIS BARABBAS, Debt Records, UK John Louis (AKA Louis Barabbas) started out in the music business as a harmonica player performing with a number of bands from all across the genre spectrum (including members of Freddy & The Dreamers, The Holmes Brothers, The King Blues and The Dole Queue). For two years he was a fifth of rock outfit The Derelicts and earned the moniker "the hairy Bez of blue harp" for his unpredictable onstage antics. After the band split he moved to Philadelphia and recorded with the band Dr. Dog (recently signed to ANTI-Records) and subsequently returned to the UK with a head full of ideas drawn from the East Coast underground live scene.

In 2006 he turned front-man and formed Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six (originally called The Black Velvet Band). To this day the group has played all over the world, sharing the stage with such disparate acts as Motorhead, Supergrass and Sun Ra's Arkestra. Realizing that unmarketable, genre-hopping bands such as his own could achieve success through sheer stubbornness he formed the label Debt Records with bandmate Biff Roxby, producer Dan Watkins and PR-man Chris Mitchell, an enterprise devoted to supporting exceptional touring artists that didn't suit a traditional marketing approach (or indeed a comfortable lifestyle).

REBECCA PALIN, Golden Fable, UK Golden Fable are Tim McIver and Rebecca Palin who were the driving force behind multi-instrumental cult group Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band. After a heavy UK wide touring schedule over three years, major festival appearances, a highly acclaimed album and many radio sessions, the duo decided that it was time for the charming innocence of Tim and Sam to grow up - Golden Fable was born.

Holed up in their studio retreat in North Wales, they surfaced only after dozens of songs had been whittled down to an LP that was ready for release in 2012. The result is mature and inspired, a unique sound created from impressive musicianship and creative vision.

Golden Fable have recently toured with The Miserable Rich and have been in session on BBC Radio One with Rob Da Bank. Taste shapers Jen Long, Bethan Elfyn, John Kennedy, Gideon Coe and Adam Walton have enthused about the "lush…beautiful…gorgeous" sound that is Golden Fable.

CHRIS DYER, Zimabalam UK Chris has 10 years of experience in the Music Industry; in the areas of Artist Management, Live Events, Label Management and Digital . He has been involved in innovating digital technologies to maximise marketing opportunities and negotiated high level digital content deals with the Major Record Labels and larger Independent aggregators of Video and Music content. He has represented artists such as Alex Vargas, Joelle Moses (The Voice UK), Skirtbox and BIM. He is now the UK Manager for Zimbalam Digital Music Distribution. Zimbalam is part of Believe Digital, responsible for developing the early releases of Bastille, Fiction and James Vincent McMorrow

ANDI CRUTWELL-JONES, songwriter/producer Andi started his musical journey at the age of 12, working with bands at the nightclubs his father ran. At the age of 18, his post punk band signed a deal with a subsidiary of Warners, in Austria, where they toured and recorded, before returning to the UK as the honed and mighty 'Cooara'.

Developing as a writer and with a growing interest in producing, Andi signed a publishing deal with Bryan Morrison Music Ltd, (George Micheal, Free,Pink Floyd), soon gaining recognition from music business guru John Kolodna and fuelling interest from industry insiders, who would go on to be major players in Andi's career.

In 2001, Andi began his first major production and writing project for BBC Worldwide on their hugely successful TV projects. Within the next two years, Andi had built a catalogue of songs and TV themes for clients including, but not limited to, ITV, Entertainment Rights, Endermol, Channel 4, Sony, BBC including two top 15 UK entries (one used every friday by Chris Moyles, to bring in the weekend).

Together with writer and friend Howard New, Andi headed up the song writing, production and music direction of BAFTA award winning show 'Fun Song Factory' for ITV/Entertainment Rights, working with a very young Aston from JLS and Laura Hamilton.

JOHN HYWEL MORRIS, PRS for Music John Hywel Morris has worked at PRS for Music for nineteen years. He is currently their Welsh Membership Development Consultant, serving Welsh PRS and MCPS members. John has had to deal with all sorts of member and licensing issues in his career and is well placed to offer the best kind of advice to Welsh composers and publishing companies, and musicians alike. John hails from Bangor, north Wales. He is also a musician and member of both organisations in his own right.



MICHAEL ROTHER In conversation with A P Childs - One of the true pioneers of 'Kosmische' music, from his beginnings with KRAFTWERK and the founding of seminal groups NEU! & HARMONIA through to collaborations with BRIAN ENO and RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS. Michael Rother's influence has spanned generations and continents.




DELEGATE PASS: £50.00 (£45.00 conc)
Delegate tickets grant full access to FOCUS Wales 2013 for the entire three day programme including all performance venues and 100+ bands, seminars, keynote and Q&A sessions, networking sessions and exclusive delegate events


This year’s conference will take place at Glyndŵr University's ‘Catrin Finch Centre’. The £3 million state-of-the-art conference and performance centre opened in March 2009 and offers unparalleled ultra modern facilities with high-tech audio and visual technology.

The Catrin Finch Centre will be our home for the 2013 conference throughout the festival and will feature not only our complete seminar programme, but also exclusive ‘delegate pass holder only’ live performances and networking events.