FOCUS Wales has announced another exciting partnership for 2019 with BreakOut West.

In 2018, this partnership saw an exchange programme that brought Western Canadian artists to showcase during FOCUS Wales, and in exchange saw Welsh artists embark on the trip across the Atlantic to showcase at BreakOut West. We are excited that this exchange will take place again in 2019.


BreakOut West will be showcasing 7 of the most exciting new acts coming out of western Canada during FOCUS Wales. The acts are:

Bad Animal – Alberta
FRANKIIE – British Columbia
Yes We Mystic – Manitoba
Gunner & Smith – Saskatchewan
Miesha & The Spanks – Alberta
Trash Hawks – Saskatchewan
Malcolm-Jay – Manitoba

FOCUS Wales co-founder and music booker Andy Jones comments: ‘We’re very pleased to be renewing this partnership in 2019. BreakOut West offers a fantastic opportunity for artists from Wales to make their first important strides into the North American music market, and, equally, the partnerships are going to provide a gateway for the very best emerging Canadian artists to access the UK music industry through Wales.’

In addition to this partnership, FOCUS Wales is welcoming many Canadian music professionals to Wales, and are keen to welcome more. Delegate Priority Pass tickets are available now via Delegate Priority Tickets include access to all FOCUS Wales live shows, conference events, mixer events, private parties, as well as a dedicated page on the FOCUS Wales website and mobile app, access to the online delegate site, and consideration for panel talks and one-to-one meetings.

Additionally, FOCUS Wales has recently announced over 100 acts who are set to play the festival in Wrexham this May, including: Boy Azooga, Neck Deep, The Lovely Eggs, Skindred, and BC Camplight. To see the full list of artists announced so far, and to purchase a 3 day festival wristband, visit

FOCUS Wales 2019 takes places 16th, 17th, 18th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales. Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at Tickets start at an early bird price of £35 each.

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

The closing date for 2019 nursery school applications is February 22