FOCUS Wales, has announced the first wave of performers for the 2019 international showcase festival, which takes place in Wrexham, North Wales between May 16 and 18. The festival has developed a reputation for booking incredible new acts just before they hit the big time, and this line-up won’t disappoint.

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Hotly tipped Welsh Music Prize nominees Boy Azooga return to FOCUS Wales in 2019 after a whirlwind 2018, which saw the band release their debut album, and make their national TV debut via the BBC and Later… with Jools Holland. Psychedelic punk rock duo The Lovely Eggs. BBC Radio 6Music A-listers Be Camplight, the moniker of American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio.

Also on the bill are one of the most exciting live acts from Wales Islet, who return after a brief hiatus, Art School Girlfriend who have recently returned from playing the POP Montreal Festival, representing Wales. Boy Azooga’s fellow Welsh Music Prize nominees and favourites of 6Music’s Marc Riley, SEAZOO, also join the bill, as well as Martyn Joseph, the beloved celtic folk artist with a career spanning over 30 years.

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Other acts announced include: Ani Glass, Dan Bettridge, I See Rivers, Kidsmoke, Rachel K Killier plus hotly tipped international artists Iris Gold (Denmark) and Tallies (Canada).

To see the full list of 50 acts announced, visit www.focuswales.com

FOCUS Wales has become Wales’ biggest music industry event, with three days of panels, keynote talks, and industry advice, the festival will see over 250 music industry professional delegates descend upon Wrexham from around the world. First speakers announced include: Martin Elbourne, (Glastonbury Festival, Anika Mottershaw (Bella Union), Bev Burton, (Cambridge Folk Festival), Kaptin Barrett (Boomtown Festival), Iggy  Amazarray (Marshall Arts), Emma Zillman (From the Fields), Mar Sellars (Mar on Music, Canada), Adam Taylor (Mothership Group), Rebecca Ayres (Liverpool Sound City) and Adam Ryan (The great Escape)

Keep your eyes peeled for more news at focuswales.com and across our social media profiles @focuswales   Applications to perform at the festival are still open for UK and international artists via the FOCUS Wales website – the application deadline is 1st December.

FOCUS Wales 2019 takes places May 16 – 18 across various venues here in Wrexham.

Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at www.focuswales.com/tickets. Standard festival tickets start at an early bird price of £35 each.

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

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