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Focus Wales 2015 heads to Glyndŵr University

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Photo: German comedia Henning Wehn

April 21 2015

Glyndŵr University will host a show by German comedian Henning Wehn, live TV sessions with nine bands and a community choral concert this week as Focus Wales 2015 gets underway.

The university is a partner for the annual music and arts festival which attracts more than 5,000 visitors to Wrexham.

Headlining the festival’s opening comedy night, Henning Wehn brings his live show to the William Aston Hall from 7.30pm on Thursday April 23.

Bands from Canada and Australia are on the bill for a day of live music sessions in the university’s Centre for the Creative Industries on Friday April 24.

The line-up for the event, which runs from 11am to 5pm, features Baby Brave, The Drive, The Mexican Walking Fish, Canadian group HIGHS, Orient Machine, The Echo and the Always, Danielle Lewis, The Luka State and PHIA, from Australia.

The festival concludes on Saturday April 25 with 12 acts performing at the William Aston Hall at a  ‘Voices Of The Land : Lleisiau’r Fro’ Choral Concert, from 6.30pm.

Andy Jones, co-founder of Focus Wales, said: “We’re already expecting as many as 500 people to the choral concert alone which will be fantastic.

“Following feedback, we’ve worked hard this year to bring a diverse line-up and this is reflected in the final programme.

“Ticket sales are already up on last year and it’s great to have the support of all the venues in town once again.”

Among the 170+ acts performing over the four days will be headline shows from NME darlings Slaves, Welsh Music Prize Winners Future Of The Left, Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Radio 1 faves Eagulls and Mike Joyce of The Smiths.

Bo Ningen will be taking time out from filming the new Zoolander 2 movie to take part in the festival, which is set to be the biggest edition to date.

Glyndŵr University has been hosting events for Focus Wales since its inception, with many students providing behind-the-scenes technical support.

Lynda Powell, director of operations, said: “As a community university we are a proud supporter of Focus Wales and welcome the thousands of visitors it brings to Wrexham each year.

“We’re delighted to see the festival going from strength to strength and look forward to hosting events once again.”

Tickets for Henning Wehn are priced at £16 adults, £14 concessions; ‘Voices Of The Land : Lleisiau’r Fro’ Choral Concert costs £5, all available via the Glyndŵr University Box Office at glyndwr.ticketline.co.uk. Entry to the TV sessions are via Focus Wales wristbands only.

Day wristbands cost £30, available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A standard ticket for all four days is priced £50, giving access to all shows and discussions at Focus Wales, including those at Glyndŵr University.

Glyndŵr University students can get a four-day festival ticket for £40 on production of their student ID.

All tickets are available at focuswales.com

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