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200 live sets in three-day Focus Wales festival.

THE Focus Wales festival returns to Wrexham next month, with panels discussing the music industry, films, comedians, and over 200 live musical sets, so there should be something for everyone.

The festival runs for three days, on May 16-18, as a vast showcase, including emerging Welsh talent, established names and international acts, with 200 bands on 20 stages.

The local acts include 9Bach, St Asaph-based 1987, Singersongwriter Paul Williams from Anglesey, Caernarfon based Americana singer Sera, and Llanrug blues rock duo Alffa, with several other acts from all over Wales and the UK.

There is also theatrical rock and poetic rock from #Ffloc, which started in 2013 as an original concept by Joel Cockrill and Alan Whitfield, as an anonymous digital arts collaboration with massive visual graphics.

#Ffloc has evolved, taken off their mask and want to be seen and heard, maintaining their electo guitar sound with a set-up more akin to a traditional raw band.

But there is nothing traditional about #Ffloc.

The international line-up is truly world wide with Portugal (:papercutz), Canada (Bad Animal), Sweden (Agent bla), Catalonia (Museless), USA (Af the Naysayer), Latvia (Elizabete Balcus), Japan (Hibushibire), France (MNNQNS), Finland, Ireland (Slow Place Like Home), Switzerland (SWIMS), New Zealand (The Beths), Austria (Those Goddamn Hippies), Belgium (Victoria + Jean), and Korea (AA55A) among the numerous countries represented.

The genres represented are as diverse as electronic pop, psych pop, post-punk, indie, folk, acoustic, noise pop, alternative, psychedelic.

For an interesting fusion of two deep roots of world music, try the Korean band AA55A (Afro Asian 55ound Act), which promises African beats with Asian melodic structure.

AA55A's Afro-Asian Electro Funk does not hesitate to focus not only on the traditional folk music of both continents but also on the modern Africaninfluenced pop music such as blues, funk, soul and hip-hop.

From West-African Mande Music to Korean Taryeong (Korean folk songs), from traditional to modern, from experimental to pop, AA55A seeks to cover every corner of world music to propose a new horizon of harmony and love in music.

Some people may be able to spend the whole weekend at the festival, in which case the Festival Pass at PS40, which provides access to all festival shows and conference sessions (subject to venue capacity) would be a good option.

Others may only be able to spend a day, in which case, a day pass is a good choice.

There are also some tickets for individual shows. | For full ticketing options, and the times and venues of conference sessions and gigs, go to the festival website:

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 12, 2019
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