Wrexham gets ready for global music extravaganza
April 24 2013
Glyndŵr University will be front and centre at a global music festival.
Focus Wales will feature opera star Charlotte Church, The Roseville Band, Man Without Country and Michael Rother of seminal group NEU! at venues across Wrexham.
Glyndŵr’s Catrin Finch Centre and Centre for the Creative Industries are to welcome some of the region’s top acts, including Secateurs, Indigo Sky, Sparrowhawks, The Bluebottle Veins and The Keys.
More than 100 bands from all over the world are set to perform during the four-day event, which begins on Thursday.
Dr Stuart Cunningham, Head of Creative Industries at Glyndŵr University, said the festival is regularly a big hit with students.
"Focus Wales is a tremendous event for the town and really epitomises the diverse range of musical talent and experience that Wrexham is endowed with,” he added.
“We're honoured to be hosting events at the university again this year in both our Centre for the Creative Industries and the Catrin Finch Centre.
“Working with Focus Wales is a great way for our students to gain greater insight into the music and entertainment industries and forms part of the experience these students have of not just academic study, but real-world situations and vocational experience.
“The programme for this year looks one of the strongest yet and I can't wait to get involved.”
Other nations represented this year include Canada, Austria, Belgium, Japan and Brazil.
There will also be a special showcase of South Korean Music, with four bands travelling to perform over two separate nights.
On Thursday, the Catrin Finch Centre’s programme of events includes a panel on audience building and social media strategies for artists, labels and festivals, and performances by Indigo Sky, Secateurs and The Keys.
On Friday, Glyndwr TV presents Sparrowhawks, there will be panel on How to Make the Music Business Work for You, a meet and greet with the Welsh Music Foundation and a set by The Goat Roper Rodeo Band.
Four day passes for Focus Wales start at £25.
For more information, call 08444 77 1000 or visit the website: http://www.focuswales.com