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Renewed focus creates buzz

NXT News & Features
7 August 2018

FOCUS WALES, the multi-venue conference and industry festival held in Wrexham is looking for acts to perform at the various showcase evenings scheduled across the city.

Co-founder Andy Jones says that buzz around the event has been rising rapidly each year, not only in terms of those hoping to perform, but also those scouting for new talent.

“The number of industry reps in attendance grew significantly in 2018, and with an expanded conference programme planned for 2019, the number of delegates will inevitably rise again,” he says.

“We received over 3,000 applications for our 2018 edition, and we programmed over 300 showcase performances.”

He notes that as interest grows, selecting the right applicants to perform at Focus Wales, which hosts acts in venues including Central Station (cap. 900), Atomic (100) and Ty Pawb (100), comes down to placing artistes on line-ups with a view to contracts being signed.

“When you’re faced with lots of equally strong artiste applications, it can often come down to fine margins, and which acts are making the strongest case for being ready to showcase to industry,” says Jones.

“We ultimately want to see the best new artistes from across the globe showcasing here once again, and, crucially, that the artistes are getting deals done at the event.”

This year’s line-up included Gravves, Chroma and Hollows. The event will take place from 16-18 May in 2019.

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