• ‘an incredible international showcase’

    CLASH Magazine
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    FOCUS Wales is back and will take place over 9-11 May 2024!

    Awarded ‘Best Festival for Emerging Talent’ UK Festival Awards

    ‘With an astounding and diverse line-up, FOCUS Wales is further proof of Wrexham’s ascent as a city of culture. FOCUS Wales is the pride of Wrexham.’ The Line of Best Fit

    ‘An incredible international showcase… vast array of faultless, up-and-coming talent from Wales and beyond. There was clearly no better place to be than sunny Wrexham.’ CLASH

    ‘One of the most vital showcase events in the UK’ Under The Radar

    ‘It isn’t reality. Its a rock’n’roll fantasy. If only we always lived in FOCUS Wales.’ God Is In The TV

    ‘FOCUS Wales is a great festival’ BBC Radio 6 Music

    ‘One of the UK’s best festivals – showcase or otherwise’ Gigwise

    ‘FOCUS Wales is a truly special event’ BBC Radio Wales

    ‘Forward thinking welsh music industry showcase’ Metro

    FOCUS Wales was established to provide the annual new music showcase event for the Welsh Music Industry. Our core work centres around the delivery of our international multi-venue showcase festival taking place in Wrexham each year, which places the music industry spotlight firmly on the emerging talent that Wales has to offer the world, alongside a selection of the best new acts from across the globe.

    FOCUS Wales 2024 will mark the festival’s 14th year, and will welcome over 20,000 people to the town, building upon 2023′s record attendance across a jam-packed weekend of events. There’s no place like Wrexham during FOCUS Wales, as we showcase 250+ artists from across the world, fill out a variety of spaces and music venues, using 20 stages, and hosting a full schedule of interactive industry sessions, arts events, and film screenings, throughout the festival. In addition to the delivery of the FOCUS Wales festival, we also deliver a number of international FOCUS Wales events throughout the year under the #WelshMusicAbroad banner.

    Previous FOCUS Wales performers include: Kelly Lee Owens | Echo & The Bunnymen | Self Esteem | SQUID | Billy Nomates | Public Service Broadcasting | Richard Hawley | Goat Girl | The Coral | Balimaya Project | This Is The Kit | Bob Vylan | Stealing Sheep | Tim Burgess | Gwenno | Gaz Coombes | Neck Deep | Pip Blom | Crawlers | Sea Power | Boy Azooga | BC Camplight | Bill Ryder-Jones | The Joy Formidable | Michael Rother (NEU! / Harmonia / Kraftwerk) | Stella Donnelly | Gruff Rhys | Dream Wife | Neue Grafik Ensemble | Snapped Ankles | Bo Ningen | Euros Childs | Kate Rusby | The Trials of Cato | Catrin Finch | Jane Weaver | Cate Le Bon | HENGE | The Magic Numbers | Damo Suzuki (CAN) | Charlotte Church | 9Bach | Skindred | Don Letts | The Membranes | A Guy Called Gerald + more!

    MEET THE TEAM

    Andy Jones


    Andy Jones, co-founder of FOCUS Wales, and music booker for the FOCUS Wales festival.

    TWITTER: @AndyJonesHQ

    Neal Thompson


    Neal Thompson, co-founder of FOCUS Wales, and conference booker for the FOCUS Wales festival.
    TWITTER: @YNealThompson

    Sarah Jones


    Sarah Jones, FOCUS Wales Programme Manager.
    TWITTER: @srhjns

    Natalie Louise Jones


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    Natalie Louise Jones, Equality & Diversity at FOCUS Wales.

    Robert Corcoran


    Robert Corcoran, FOCUS Wales FILM Festival Producer.
    TWITTER: @73degreefilms