Andrew Ogun

Guest Article | FOCUS Wales

FOCUS Wales festival will welcome 20,000 attendees, and see over 250+ new music acts from Wales and around the world descend upon Wrexham across 4th–6th May. FOCUS Wales are thrilled to reveal another 70 new artists for their 2023 edition.

Among the new acts announced today, are… alt-pop artist Ailsa Tully, the Welsh Music Prize nominated ManLikeVision, garage rock band The Family Battenberg, electro dream pop artist Bethan Lloyd, Newport’s big hope in the hip hop scene, OGUN, and the new star of the Welsh alt-folk scene, Mari Mathias, all heading up an exciting new selection of Welsh artists on the festival lineup.

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They’re joined by a swathe of international newcomers, including Australian post-punk quintet DUST, New York’s high energy punk band, Mary Shelley, and country focus special showcases from The Spanish Wave, and EarUp Hong Kong. They all add to an illustrious bill of previously announced artists, including the likes of The Coral, Billy Nomates, Adwaith, Squid, Dream Wife, The Joy Formidable, and Neue Grafik Ensemble, among many others.

The list of new artists announced today includes:

2080s | Adjua | AEIOU | Ailsa Tully | Alekxandr | Alien Feelings | Alpha Chino | Bedroom Party | Benjamin J Wilson | Benzy | Bethan Lloyd | Black Maracas | Breichiau Hir | C.F. Boneslum | Choirs for Good Wrexham | Chris Ingram | Cloudsurfers | Cor DAW | Declan Swans | Dienw | DUST | Dynamic Wrexham BSL Choir | Elise Boeur & Adam Iredale-Gray | Evrah Rose | Eyesore & The Jinx | FARCE | George Borowski | GUINEU | Heaven For Real | Invisible Architecture | James Wood | Jimbo | JP | KOMOREBI | Los Premios | Luke RV | Lunar Bird | Mali Haf | ManLikeVision | Mari Mathias | Mary Shelley | Massimo Silverio | Mechanical Owl | Megan Lee | Mellt | Murder Club | Natasha Borton | Noah and the Loners | Noah Bouchard | Nudist | Ogun | Private Party | Prune Deer | Rebecca Hurn | skylrk. | Sleeping Together | tAngerinecAt | The Family Battenberg | The Welcome Party | Tom Emlyn | TUKAN | Unity, Samhain & Ostara Days | Valentinskka | Vanille | VOYA | Worldcub | Xenith | Xtie + MORE

With acts from: Australia | Austria | Balearics | Belgium | Canada | Catalonia | England | France | Guinea | Hong Kong | India | Ireland | Italy | Japan | Liechtenstein | Madagascar | Mexico | New Zealand | Portugal | Scotland | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Taiwan | The Netherlands | Ukraine | and the USA + more to be announced!

With circa 500 international industry professionals due to attend the 2023 festival, FOCUS Wales has become Wales’ biggest music industry event, with three days of panels, keynote talks, and networking.

More industry delegates are also announced today, including: Dev Sherlock (SXSW, USA), Emma Zillmann (Live Nation), Milan Simas (M for Montreal), Jason Mayall (Fuji Rock, Japan), and Phyllis Belezos (Heliocentric Entertainment), plus many more.

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