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University to host international music festival

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Creation records founder Alan McGee, performance poet John Cooper Clarke, Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and Echo and the Bunnymen’s Will Sergeant are among the headline acts at a four-day music festival in North Wales.

Former Gorki Zygotic Mynki frontman Euros Childs and Cian Ciaran, keyboard player for the Super Furry Animals for 20 years, also appear on the bill for FOCUS Wales.

Now in its 4th year, the multi-venue festival will welcome 150 bands across 14 stages from Wednesday April 23 – Saturday April 26 2014.

Glyndŵr University’s Catrin Finch Centre is hosting interactive Q&A sessions with Alan McGee on Thursday 24 April and Will Sergeant on Friday 25 April.

John Cooper Clarke brings his one-man show to the university’s William Aston Hall on Thursday 24th at 7.30pm. Huw Stephens’ DJ set gets underway in the early hours of Friday (00.30) at Central Station.

Lynda Powell, director of campus management and commercial services at Glyndŵr University, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Focus Wales again. The festival is now a key part of our annual live events programme and fits perfectly with our commitment to supporting the community.

“Many of our students will be involved, providing them with a fantastic opportunity to gain real-life work experience, and names such as John Cooper Clarke, Alan McGee and Will Sergeant who are appearing here are among the biggest at the festival.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our Wrexham campus for what promises to be another successful year for Focus Wales.”

Festival coordinator Neal Thompson said: “The festival has grown year-on-year and this promises to be the biggest and best yet.

“We are keen to showcase emerging talent across all music genres as much as possible and this is reflected in using so many venues around Wrexham.

“Hopefully we can build on the record 4,000 attendance we had last year.”

Other acts appearing at FOCUS Wales 2014 include Damo Suzuki, All we Are (Thursday); Kids in Glass Houses and Poltergeist, featuring Will Sergeant on guitar, on Friday; and Gulp, featuring the Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, on Saturday.

Mock the Week’s Gary Delaney and Red Dwarf star Norman Lovett headline the comedy line-up. Insights into the music industry will be provided by representatives from Spotify, Artrocker, the Arts Council for Wales and PRS for Music.

Tickets for the festival are priced at £50 (all shows and interactive sessions); £30 (live music and stand-up comedy only) and £25 for day tickets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Individual event tickets are also available (prices vary).

To buy tickets online and for full line-up information visit focuswales.com
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