Focus Wales Reveals First Names

FOCUS Wales, the award-winning new music showcase, is gearing up for its 13th edition, set to unfold from 9th – 11th May 2024. Drawing over 20,000 music enthusiasts, the festival will transform Wrexham into a vibrant music hub, hosting an eclectic lineup of 250+ acts from Wales and around the globe.

Kicking off the 2024 musical extravaganza is The Royston Club, all set for their grand homecoming show at Llwyn Isaf on 9th May. Fresh from a stellar year that included a sold-out UK tour in support of their debut album—landing in the official UK top 20 this summer—the band is ready to bring their infectious energy to the stage. Also that evening, get ready to be mesmerised as the captivating Snapped Ankles, decked out in their ghillie suits, take over The Rockin Chair. Meanwhile, the critically acclaimed triple harpist, Cerys Hafana, will grace the stage at St Giles’ Parish Church, promising an enchanting performance.

After making waves with a debut album that secured a top 10 spot in 2022 and sharing the stage with Arctic Monkeys throughout 2023, The Mysterines are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated second album in the spring. Catch them live at FOCUS Wales on Friday, 10th May. On the same evening, the otherworldly Flamingods make a triumphant return to Wrexham, fresh from the success of their 2023 album Head of Pomegranate. This must-see show is a co-headlining spectacle with two-time Welsh music prize winners, Adwaith. Also making a mark that night is the much-loved troubadour, Willy Mason, renowned for hits like ‘Oxygen’ and ‘Talk Me Down’, bringing his expansive sound and extensive catalog to Wrexham.

With a musical journey spanning three decades, Spiritualized is ushering in a new era with the release of their 10th studio album in January 2024. The multi-award-winning band is set to headline the Llwyn Isaf Stage in Wrexham on Saturday, 11th May. Joining them on this epic show will be exciting Welsh bands ISLET and Seazoo, with more incredible acts to be announced. The explosive San Francisco alt-rock band Deerhoof, hailed by Pitchfork as “the best band in the world,” will also take the spotlight on Saturday. Meanwhile, over at St Giles Church, experience the winner of The Guardian’s Folk Album of the Year award, Angeline Morrison, accompanied by the award-winning Welsh singer-songwriter, The Gentle Good.

Other artists announced today`:

Adjua | Aleighcia Scott I Annie Dressner | Baby Brave | Banshi | Benefits I Campfire Social | Cara Hammond | CHALK | CHROMA | Cosmic Dog Fog | Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog | CVC I Dom a Lloyd | Dresden Wolves | Eadyth | Eye | Fat Dog I Galestar Konexioa | Gillie | Gintis | Half / Time | Hazmat | HMS Morris | Home Counties | Kahpun | Kima Otung | Laura-Leigh Dickenson | Lizzie Squad | ManLike Vision | Maria Uzor | Mared | Magugu I Mauvey | Melin Melyn I Michele Stodart | Mother Sky | Musspell | Nesha Nycee | NIQUES | Otto Aday | Pys Melyn | Red Telephone | Rum Jungle | Sailor Honeymoon | Sage Todz | Salarymen | SHLUG | Sister Envy | Siula | Skinny Pelembe I Sleeping Together | The Bug Club I The Family Battenberg | Vanity Fairy | Voya | Whitney Lyman | Ynys |

FOCUS Wales 2024 is poised to host artists hailing from a multitude of countries and nations worldwide, including Australia, Basque Country, Canada, England, Ghana, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, South Korea, and the USA.