2020 will mark the 10th edition of FOCUS Wales’ international showcase festival in Wrexham. The festival will see over 250 acts from Wales and around the world descend upon Wrexham across between 7 and 9 May 2020. And FOCUS Wales have now revealed their first 50 new music acts who will be playing the 2020 festival.

Some of the first acts announced include…

Super Furry Animal’s front man and award winning Welsh music icon Gruff Rhys, who will be playing FOCUS Wales for the first time. Indie buzz band Flamingods also join the festival line-up following the release of their critically acclaimed 2019 album Levitation. The multi award-winning musicians Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita will be showcasing their collaborative project at FOCUS Wales, alongside fellow BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Breath and The Trials of Cato. Also on the bill are 6Music favourites JOHN, who have been causing a stir following their recent tour support with Idles.

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“Other artists announced include”

Georgia Ruth | Gallops | Accü | Art School Girlfriend | Ynys | Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard | Seazoo | Golden Fable | Adwaith | Panic Shack | Worldcub | Goodbye Honolulu | Campfire Social | Natalie McCool | Wolf & Moon | Melin Melyn | Cara Hammond | Bryony Sier | Dienw | Elis Derby | Hannah Willwood | Pint+Blister | Flamingo House | Hellfire Devilles | She’s Got Spies | The Cazales | The Routines | The Royston Club | The Zangwills | Emily Magpie | Eve Goodman | Evie Moran | The Besiders | Chupa Cabra | Eitha Da | Delta Radio | Baby Brave | Kidsmoke | Jack Found | Blind Wilkie McEnroe | Vishten. To see the full list of 50 acts, visit www.focuswales.com + artists from Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands… plus 200 more acts still to be announced!

“Over 400 music industry professionals”

FOCUS Wales has become Wales’ biggest music industry event, with three days of panels, keynote talks, and industry advice, the festival will see over 400 music industry professionals descend upon Wrexham from around the world. First speakers announced include: David Silbaugh (Summerfest, USA), Henca Maduro (New Skool Rules, Netherlands), Kaptin Barrett (Boomtown Festival), Emma Zillmann (Blue Dot Festival / Kendal Calling), Lisa Schwartz (Philadelphia Folk Festival, USA), and Stephen Budd (Africa Express / OneFest).

FOCUS Wales 2020 takes places 7th, 8th, 9th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales. Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at www.focuswales.com/tickets

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

FOCUS Wales has also been shortlisted for the Best Festival for Emerging Talent by the UK Festival Awards. The winners will be announced in December.

FOCUS Wales is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government.

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