FOCUS Wales reveal first glimpse of 2018 festival line-up!

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FOCUS Wales is thrilled to announce the first wave of performers for the 2018 festival. 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

Some of the first 50 acts announced for 2018 include…

Mercury Award nominated folk singer KATE RUSBY. Kate has headlined numerous UK festivals, and was described by The Guardian as ‘a superstar of the British acoustic scene’.  JANE WEAVER, the much celebrated psych-pop star with six solo albums under her belt. BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners 9BACH are set to open the festival with a concert at the new Tŷ Pawb venue in Wrexham, and DAMO SUZUKI, legendary lead singer of the German krautrock group CAN, is set to return to Wales for what is set to be a truly special and rare performance.


Other acts announced include: GALLOPS, JOHN LAWRENCE (ex. GORKY’S ZYGOTIC MYNCI), LIZZY FARRALL, CaStLeS, MAMMOTH WEED WIZARD BASTARD, and hotly tipped Canadian band PARTNER. To see the full list of 50 acts announced, visit

Also announced is Tudur Owen’s Comedy Marathon, a brand new comedy showcase to be held at the HWB Cymraeg venue in the town centre on Friday 11th May, in association with From the Margins!

FOCUS Wales has become Wales’ biggest music industry event, with three days of panels, keynote talks, and industry advice, the festival will see over 200 music industry professional delegates descend upon Wrexham from around the world. First speakers to be announced include: BEV BURTON (CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL), CAL MCRAE (VICE), KAPTIN BARRET (BOOMTOWN FAIR), DIJANA LAKUS (GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL), JOE FRANKLAND (PRSF) and GEOFF TRIO (AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WEEK).


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

FOCUS Wales 2018 takes place over 10th, 11th, 12th May across multiple venues in Wrexham, North Wales.


Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at at the special EarlyBird price of £35 each. FOCUS Wales is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government and Wrexham County Borough Council 

Published on 01 December 2017 by Ben Robinson

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