Salarymen (Australia)

Bursting onto the scene in late 2019, Salarymen have become a formidable force in the Australian indie scene. Their two EPs Scene Change (2021) and Head In The Sand (2022) received praise from all corners of the music industry, earning them a coveted spot at SXSW Austin 2023 and the national tour support for Royel Otis. Meanwhile, they’ve played to enamoured crowds across Japan on their debut tour and secured a slot on one of Australia’s major festivals, Lost Paradise.

Forever honing their signature mix of indie, rock, psych and pop influences, Salarymen have earned regular spots on local/international Spotify playlists, play on BBC6, Radio X and KEXP, premieres on triple j, features on Clash, The Guardian, NME and much more. They’ve also supported leading artists including The Lazy Eyes, Eliza & The Delusionals, Pacific Avenue, The Vanns and more, all while being self-managed, self-booked and currently independent.

Whitney Lyman (USA)

Whitney Lyman is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Pacific Northwest, who established herself as a powerhouse of the illustrious Seattle music scene with her otherworldly vocals and deeply moving indie-pop & rock compositions. Endorsed by Gibson Guitar, Mackie Gear, Kala Brand Music, and On-Stage Stands. She has toured across the U.S. and Europe, been on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a featured vocalist with Grammy-nominated act, ODESZA, fronted as a lead vocalist and arranger for Seattle Rock Orchestra, and has also been featured on KING5, KTLA, and NBC Palm Springs. She has played at top music festivals and venues around the world such as Mastering the Music Business in Bucharest, Romania, The NAMM Show, Capitol Hill Block Party, Treefort Music Fest, The Moore Theatre, The Triple Door, Showbox Seattle, the Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Carnegie Hall in NYC, and The Whiskey A-go-go, and Hotel Cafe in LA. Now based in California, she has created a portfolio of high-level performances at some of the most exclusive country clubs in Palm Springs. Other collaborations include co-writing with legendary songwriter, Alan Roy Scott who has written for Motown, Celine Dion, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Ray Charles, Ricky Martin, Patty Labelle and more. She is currently recording a song written by Steve Porcaro of Toto, and continuing work with Andrew Joslyn who’s recording credits include Macklemore, Kesha, Judy Collins, Leslie Odom Jr., Kygo, ODESZA, Michael Bolton, Tom Chaplin (Keane), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), The Seattle Symphony, and many others. Whether performing solo, with a band, or an entire orchestra Whitney Lyman has the dynamic range to cover it all and captivate any audience into her dream-like world.

Musspell (Romania)

Cluj Napoca based, Musspell, are a band not to be missed at FOCUS Wales 2024.

Nesha Nycee (USA)

Dawnesha Williams widely known as Nesha Nycee is a well known international artist, songwriter, creative director, and philanthropist whose face card is one to be remembered. With a unique unorthodox style, and one of a kind flow, Nesha’s energy can be felt in any room she walks into. Rapping since the age of 9, Nesha was born in St. Louis Mo and raised in Atlanta Ga. Nesha has opened up and worked with a list of entertainers including Kurtis Blow, Zaytoven, Dungeon Family, Lil Kim, Monica, Organized Noize, Brandy, Young MA, and more. Her hit single ‘2 True’ debuted on HBOs Emmy Award-Winning TV show Euphoria and the STARZ hit show P-Valley. She’s been seen and heard on multiple platforms including Revolt Black News, MTV, BET Jams, ABC, Sirius XM, BBC Radio London, and more. With over 1.2 million streams, and half a million followers across all platforms, Nesha continues to create her own lane making worldly music that truly touches the masses. With an unstoppable mindset, Nesha Nyceeis soon to be a household name.

Nesha is heavily involved in Community outreach, youth development, activism and philanthropy. Kid zone youth church camp counselor and the age of 17 2010-2015 Boys and girls club 2016-2018 speaking engagements, protesting for the unlawful killings day in and day out with her peers, being apart of Upward bound program 2022 Morehouse College, Breaking the Chains of hiphop Talent show giving kids the support and platform they need to stay away from the negativity in their surroundings. Giving back and feeding the homeless for the past 10 years on my own accord. It’s imperative that I do the work on and off the stage through HIPHOP higher, infinite, Power, Healing our People. Showing the youth through positivity there are no limits to what you can do. Nesha is no stranger to the international festival market having toured in the UK as of recent, playing in places such as The Ministry of Sound, Queen of Hoxton, Wales, New Skool Rules, Pitch Scotland and so many others to come as she see’s absolutely no limits.

Half/Time (New Zealand)

HALF/TIME is a Māori centred post-punk band from Aotearoa (New Zealand) featuring Wairehu Grant on guitar and vocals, Cee on bass and vocals, and Ciara Bernstein on drums. Together they perform emotionally charged songs addressing decolonisation, structural racism and cultural resilience. Their music intertwines lyrics in English and te reo Māori (the Māori language) with heavy riffs and driving rhythms.

In November of 2023 Half/Time released their EP ‘Black Union Jack’ which was recorded in July of the same year during Matariki (the Māori New Year). The EP is available on most streaming services including Bandcamp and Spotify.

Dresden Wolves (Mexico)

Introducing Dresden Wolves, an explosive post punk duo all the way from Mexico.

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