Welsh acts strikes again!

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Music and the indie culture is not dead. Again this year, Focus Wales will be along to prove it from May 11th to May 13th. Wrexham’s town in the heart of North Wales will get vibes through different cultures with music and conferences from locals but also from across the globe in various venues like Rewind, UnDegUn and other glittering indie clubs.

There will be time for discoveries and partying occasions. Of course, there will be comedy, music and keynotes speakers who’ll get us the deepest secrets of the industry.

One of them will be Don Letts, who gravitated in the past around The Clash, The Sex Pistols and the reggae legend Bob Marley. As a dj, writer and documentary producer, he has a lot to teach us about the era and just been announced as one of the keynotes speakers. Also in the conference sheets, some guests from Rough Trade, Killing Moon Records, Line of The Bestfit music news blog and so many other to give us their best tips and comments about how to survive in this industry that is constantly evolving.

Musically, we will get three days of pure delights. Following Sunshine Underground, Joy Formidable, Magic Numbers and Los Campesinos last year, we now have the chance to see the indie legends British Sea Power, John Bramwell from Manchester’s I Am Kloot just to name a few of the big names.

Focus Wales also bringing the regulars, some locals as folk outfit Heal The Last Stand, heavy-rocking Doppelgänger or surf indie poppers Mowbird and Seazoo apart from so many others from rock, hip hop and electronic vibed-influenced music.

Also, it’s the time for Welsh people to discover the world. Again, Focus Wales is making partnerships with music organizations in such countries as Korea, France, United States in Canada to present the best new acts. Some of our fellow London Cafe’s hometown acts Mozart Sisters’ and Pierre Kwenders will perform on the big scene alongside Slow Leaves from Winnipeg, Cleo T from France and Say Sue Me from Korea with very exciting music on the way.

England and Scotland’s new sensational acts Cabbage, hailing from Manchester, Meursault with their gentle Edinburgh sound and shoegazed-inspired Coquin Migale will invade this year’s festival as well with their infectious and catchy songs.

Focus Wales is a proof that the industry even the smallest organisations can be successful if they follow the right paths and work hard.

 More announcements will be on the way but you can book your tickets on focuswales.com.

The festival is ongoing from May 11th-May 13th in various Wrexham’s town venues.

You can have a preview of some acts of the festival just below with our special show:

Introducing…Crimsons

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Hailing from the North Western’s Manchester area, Crimsons are offering us a track who can make us chills. They are bringing us in a world of dark pop and smooth vocals. If you like the Joy Division’s universe, you should definitely fall in love with them. They are driving us through the beats and melodies and it’s addictive!

it’s only rock’n’roll and i like it!

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Can’t get enough of Cabbage! The Manchester 5 piece are driving us wild with their banging drums and heavy guitar riffs. We love how satirical and politically engaged, well sort of…they are. They even ditched the Sun journalism style by refusing to be featured as a brand new band to watch, this is what we like, a band with attitude. We also love the softer side of Because You’re Worth It or Tell Me Lies about Manchester which are really strong melodically. And what to say about this wonderful rendition of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walking

it’s been a while….

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hello people!

I know it’s been a while, loads went on in the last months, years, but we’ll be back with some more music in the next couple of weeks. Festivals, new acts, you’ll find here all you want to discover about!

see ya!

 

Melx

Focus Wales: Bring on 2016!

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IMG_3906Again this year, the best new acts from the Welsh lands and beyond will be performing for the 5th edition of Focus Wales, held in the North Welsh town of Wrexham. Plenty of venues, plenty of fun to discover new music, comedy, art and discover the secrets of how to be successful in the music industry today with the interactive panels at the festival.

For the fifth edition, it’s better than ever. Headliners are  Mold rockers Joy Formidable, who are fresh from releasing their brand new album Hitch, Leeds’ own trio The Sunshine Underground who will make us ready to dance. Also, Cardiff’s indie poppers Los Campesinos will be part of the party, this will definitely be a special night that shouldn’t be missed since their last album No Blues was released back in 2013.

Regulars will perform in different venues. Think about Baby Brave with their edgy guitars, Blood Lips with their hard rocker souls or the folk pop from singer songwriter Connah Evans, or welsh singing and Gorweilion program new band Swnami.

On the interactive side, we will be able to hear thoughts from legends Peter Hook (he will also perform a dj set) and punk-rocker Viv Albertine formerly from the Slits alongside people from PRS for music, Pop Montreal, BBC, journalists from various papers like Liverpool’s indie Bido Lito! and John Robb, editor from Louder than War (and also Membranes member)

Good news this year! No there won’t be 4 days of music but 5 with the Magic Numbers added on the bill. Stay tuned!

Tracks/Albums of the week: September 1st

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Here’s our selection for this week’s show.

 

Chvrches-Leave A Trace

We fell in love with the second track taken from the forthcoming second album Every Open Eye. The Glasgow outfit is coming back with melodic electro pop and some very artistic video.

 

Foals-What Went Down

The Oxford quintet is back with their fourth album. Experiencing progressive rock sounds, some orchestral arrangements and Arcade Fire-esque guitar riffs, Foals are back in a good way. Produced by James Ford, it’s definitely our record of the week.

 

Hooton Tennis Club-Highest Point in Cliff Town

Hailing from northern England, those four guys making joyful melodies, getting back to the great old britpop days. If you like Menswear, Supergrass and co, you’ll definitely like this first album from the band, out now on Heavenly Records

 

 

 

Tracks of the week/August 18th 2015

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Here’s some of the great new releases and tracks we will be playing on the show this week

Editors-Life Is A Fear

Brand new track taken from the band’s forthcoming fifth album. Less guitar, more synths, Editors evolving from post-punk guitars to an eighties dark wave sound. Still, it’s a brilliant track and we can’t wait to hear the remaining songs. In Dreams will be out October 2nd on PIAS.

 

Sundara Karma-Flame

Fans of Peace, Swim Deep and all these pop-grungy outfits, will like the brand new single from Sundara Karma, Flame. With catchy guitars mixed with bits of electronics, we just want to tap our feets to the ground and go on the dancefloor. Groovy melodies, we just can’t wait for a full album from the Reading quartet.

 

The School-Do I Love You?

If you are more into the retro thing, why not listen to this brand new track from Cardiff’s own The School. First single taken from their forthcoming 3rd album Wasting Away and Wondering, about to be released on September 4th through Elefant Records. With sixties northern soul riffs with some kind of Ronettes vocals, The School offers a refreshing sound for the end of the summer.

 

LOOM-Bleed On Me

Tarik and Harry Badwan (yeah, the brothers of the well-known Faris from the Horrors) just released an exclusive and very limited 7”, Bleed on Me on Raft Records. The brothers and their friends are transporting us with well-driven raw guitars riffs, noisy drums reminiscing of the early post-punk era.

 

Stay tuned for more on Tuesday August 18th, 8pm east on www.cism893.ca