LISTEN: MônFM at Focus Wales 2018

There’s probably no bigger showcase for new music in North Wales than Focus Wales.

Over 8,000 people descend on Wrexham every year for a three-day festival of music, comedy and the arts. Over 200 bands and artists can be seen performing in up to a dozen venues around town – from the renowned Central Station to the unique setting of St Giles Church.

It’s an event that’s won industry-wide acclaim and international attention – the accent is firmly on emerging talent from Wales and beyond, sitting alongside established headliners and scores of international acts visiting Wrexham to be a part of Focus.

MônFM correspondent Gareth Joy has been covering this year’s event and talking to some of those performing – be it music or comedy – along with key conference delegates and visitors.

CERDDORAIETH / MUSIC

Ani Glass (dwyieithiog/bilingual)

Gareth Bonello: The Gentle Good

Osian Huw Williams: Candelas

Rachel K Collier

Connah Evans

Katie Hall (Chroma)

Ben Parker (Lost Like Alice) – ft. Ryan Hughes

Ed Holden (Mr. Phormula / Bardd) – ft. Ryan Hughes

Hillsburn

Heledd Watkins (HMS Morris)

COMEDI / COMEDY

Tudur Owen (Cymraeg)

Lorna Corner (aka Lorna Prichard)

CYNRYCHIOLWYR Y CYNHADLEDD / CONFERENCE DELEGATES

Joe Frankland (PRS)

Gruff Owen (Libertino Records – dwyieithog/bilingual)

Eluned Haf (Welsh Arts International – Cymraeg)

John Robb (Louder Than War)

YMWELWYR Y GWYL / FESTIVAL VISITORS

Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio Wales / Horizons-Gorwelion)

Hari McDermott (Reckless Promotions)

Roland Deschambault (Breakout West)

O’R WYL / FROM THE FESTIVAL

Neal Thompson (Focus Wales co-founder)

MônFM

Eich Gorsaf, Eich Llais / Your Station, Your Voice