Bookhouse

A four piece bedroom band hailing from rural North Wales, Bookhouse is a band shaped by the forests and mountains that surround them. Combining influences of krautrock, space rock and shoegaze, Bookhouse’s music washes over the listener with a barrage of hypnotic rhythms, noisy synth glitches and ethereal soundscapes.

“This UK experimental krauty psychedelic band that remind me of why music is exciting. These songs are free of giving a f*** about being accessible to anyone. Traces of Amon Dual II, Neu, Ash Ra Temple but with a blender turning off and on, going in different direction. Feel it.”
Tone Bursting

“Impressively whacked-out psychedelic rock. Eferwad y Tonnau Gwyn features four tracks, including ones of 14 and 21 minutes in length, and has a nice line in both guitar-centred Krautrock ravers and abstract FX gloop. Mint!” Buzz Magazine

Lizzie Squad

Lizzie Squad are a group of friends trying to do something new for the community.

Blood Honey

Blood Honey’s sound is clear, honest, and moody, the echoes of two people living in a void.

K…. Secret Artist (Shhh)

K…. Secret Artist (Shhh). This secret artist will be announced via the festival app.

The Montagues

The Montagues are a five piece alt rock/indie band hailing from the North Wales Coast. With guitar driven melodies, accompanied by punchy bass lines and hook induced vocal melodies, the band embody everything people love in a modern Indie band both in their studio recordings and their intense and electrifying Live performances.

The Pastimes

Formed in 2020, North Wales’ very own The Pastimes have been developing as a word-of-mouth alternative daydream experience over the North Wales coast with their unique fusion of alternative rock sounds, taking influence from bands such as Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. The band have been credited for their catchy hooks, dark tones and their fuzzed-up wall of sound.

The band has played over 50 gigs around Wales and England, creating a strong local following and exciting buzz. The Pastimes are set to announce more gig dates, including Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and London.

The band consists of Kameron Jolliffe (Vocals, Lead Guitar), Ryan Roberts (Drums), Matty Cornes (Guitar) and Callum Jones (Bass Guitar)
The band hails from the North Wales towns Prestatyn, Denbigh and Colwyn Bay.

Their highly-anticipated debut EP is set to release this year.

H.U.M.A.N

H.U.M.A.N are a North Wales/ Manchester based New Wave Indie Band. Taking influence from the likes of Genesis, Depeche Mode, and The Human League, the band bring a familiar nostalgic feel to music that is presented in a modern day setting. Synthesisers and chorus drenched guitars navigate their way through stories and reflections of another time, while the 6 piece band culminate a stadium sized bang. Bands such as The Ninth Wave, White Lies, and The Killers can also be detected in the bands influences as they take to the stage with an invigorating energy and a soundscape that can cast you back to the glory days of the 80’s / 90’s music scene.

“We like to think H.U.M.A.N are a band for those that missed the opportunity to see boundary pushing decades of technology and sound and give it to them in a form that still represents energetic/ present day music.” The band are currently producing their next wave of releases and are looking forward to a busy 2022.

The Welcome Party

The Welcome Party are a 3-piece from Wrexham, north Wales, formed in the spring of 2020 through a shared love of Wilco, Teenage Fanclub and The Beatles.

Namsakē

Namsakē are a five piece Midwest Emo band from London; conceived at Falmouth University, providing an energetic rhythm section coupled with ethereal instrumental layering, punchy choruses and melodic vocals who have been writing together since 2016, defining their sound over years of gigging, touring and an evolution of vocal direction. They’ll be releasing new music throughout 2022.

“Vivacious and confrontational, there isn’t a moment where you can’t feel the emotion brewing in the sound. The band doesn’t hold back in getting the heavy lifting underway, as the song is explosive from the word go.” RGM

Hazmat

HAZMAT are an alt rock / grunge band from Wrexham, North Wales but are most active and have been based out of Liverpool for a number of years. We have recently signed to North West record label Anvil Records and are currently finishing off our first EP. Some of our previous gigs include support slots for bands such as; False Heads, God Damn and The Royston Club playing to crowds ranging from 150 people to 500, as well as selling out a headline gig in our home town. Our most notable up-coming gigs are Glasgow, Bristol and Mcr supporting STONELiverpool in Feb and the FOCUS Wales festival in May.

Breichiau Hir

Cardiff six-piece, Breichiau Hir are an act that blends cathartic intensity, enormous walls of sound and fragile melancholic moments with a sole mission to move and connect to it’s audience. Bursting with melody, fragility and aggression, the band often jump from fierce energy to delicate parts to a full crashing waves of noise. They tackle hard-hitting themes with poignant lyrics, self-deprecating humour and surreal wordplay in their native Welsh language.

Alffa

Alffa – rock duo from Llanrug, North Wales. First ever band to get a welsh song to hit 1 million streams on Spotify. Their debut album – Freedom from the poisonous shadows – is out now. Band highlights – realising their debut album and playing festivals like The Great Escape, Sound City and Maes B.

Manilla Times

Manilla Times are a 4 piece indie rock & roll band formed in Manchester in 2021. Composed of 3 Welsh lads originally from Mold in North Wales, and an Irish lead singer from County Fermanagh. Their main inspiration comes from a mix of The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Foals. 2022 is set to be a big year for Manilla Times, with multiple singles set to be released and UK gigs in the pipeline, they play a hometown North Wales performance at FOCUS Wales in Wrexham this May.

Heartbeat Wunderbar

Heartbeat Wunderbar have undergone a few changes in recent months and have stripped things right back to basics. They are now a three piece with singer/songwriter Keith Astbury on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dave Fay on bass and guitarist Alexander Lee has moved to percussion for live performances. This means that Heartbeat Wunderbar are now back to being what they set out to be about – the songs, rhythm and harmonies. And energy. This is something that has always been important to Heartbeat Wunderbar who always want the audience to be part of the performance. The songs may sometimes be quite dark, but Heartbeat Wunderbar want you to tap your feet at the very least. And live… they want you to have a good time. Expect a mixture of tracks from their long awaited debut album which will finally be released this year as well as some new songs that Heartbeat Wunderbar are very excited about x

Martyn Peters

Originally from North Wales, singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist Martyn Peters is now firmly a resident of London and is currently promoting his debut album Veins.

Pale

Alt Rock/Post Hardcore four-piece based across the North West and Midlands, released their debut single ‘Absence’ in January, 2021. After recently being aired on Kerrang! Radio with their debut single ‘Absence’ being described as “gorgeous, cinematic, heart-breaking music” by Alex Baker, Pale are beginning to gain some traction as they are set to release more new music and tour throughout 2022. Pale released follow-up, ambient instrumental offering, ‘purgatory’ on April 23rd 2021 in the lead up to their second single, ‘Litany’, which released on November 19th, 2021 and premiered on Kerrang! Radio with Alex Baker describing ‘Litany’ as “Enormous, more widescreen, more cinematic than their last single (Absence)”.

Sustinere

We are a dynamic alt rock duo delivering growling guitar tones and heavy hitting drums. Expect a contagious riff filled, high energy invitation to head bang. We have two EP’s and 3 single releases under our belt receiving radio play from BBC radio Wales. Our influences include Royal Blood, Billy Talent, Manchester Orchestra and Nirvana.

Mangka (India)

Mangka is an Indian Manipuri folk, classical and contemporary song performer and a Pena player. She is also one of the few remaining Moirang Sai (storytelling artform) and Basok (female performance art) artists. She received her training by several famous Indian classical artists like Guru Langathel Thoinu and Padmashri Guru Khangembam Mangi. She is the recipient of the State Icon Award in Manipur, India.

These shows are presented by Ziro FOCUS 2022, an ongoing collaboration between FOCUS Wales and Ziro Festival of Music (India) as part of the British Council and Arts Council of Wales’ Connections through Culture programme.

Eädyth

Fans of Solange and Jill Scott will revel in the warmth of Eädyth’s soulful, soaring vocals, whilst fans of Massive Attack will enjoy the combination of fractured beats with melancholic and powerful production. 2021 was a high note for Eädyth, she has continued to receive support and acknowledgement for her releases through the challenging period.. At the beginning of 2021 she released a double sided welsh/english single ‘Breuddwyd/Dream’ on Welsh language music day, and also collaborated and released welsh single ‘Paradwys’ with Wales based singer/songwriter Foxxglove, and singer for MawpitBand Cait Johansen, which was funded and supported by BBC Wales, Wales Arts Council and BBC Horizons. Alongside her new music career, Eädyth has had continued acknowledgment and opportunities for her sound designing skills. She was the composer for Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre’s ‘The Merthyr Stigmatist’, and is continuing to work alongside the theatre as a sound designer/composer. Eädyth also received support from Wales based artist talent agency BLOCS and was showcased on 5 different stages in North Wales’s international multi-venue festival FOCUS Wales at the end of 2021. This year will bring many exciting opportunities for Eädyth. She is currently working in her home studio, on her new EP ‘Heal Yourself’ which will be released this year.

These shows are presented by Ziro FOCUS 2022, an ongoing collaboration between FOCUS Wales and Ziro Festival of Music (India) as part of the British Council and Arts Council of Wales’ Connections through Culture programme.

Sleepy Kicks (Nova Scotia)

Sleepy Kicks are a four-piece indie/garage-rock group that formed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The group found their footing writing songs in the dark, damp basements of rental apartments, and bring that same grime and grit into their music. The Sleepy Kicks sound is infectious and hard to pin down, ranging from softer indie love ballads to in-your-face garage rock. Their sound pulls inspiration from artists like Big Thief, The Strokes, Idles, Vampire Weekend, and Mac Demarco. The band aims to create music that is interesting, but not intimidating, & harsh, but not harmful. With every release, Sleepy Kicks prove themselves to be one of the most hungry and high-energy live acts coming out of the East Coast of Canada.

Anthony OKS (MB, Canada)

Complex Magazine: “Be it supposedly wintery Winnipeg, or tricked out rap video cars, MC Anthony OKS and singer Begonia are masters of subversion in their new clip for “Fortified Bond.” The rapper’s latest single from his recently released EP The Garden finds him and the heavenly voiced singer bandying lyrics over a beat as lush and breezy as the summery Winnipeg afternoon in which the music video is set, several key scenes of which find him cruising in a classy Oldsmobile 442 cutlass muscle car.”

Super Duty Tough Work (MB, Canada)

Golden-era taste, current-era based. Inspired by the dirty jazz loop sound of 90s east coast hip hop, Super Duty Tough Work is the live incarnation of hip hop culture’s quintessential era. Revered for their methodically curated set, SDTW mixes laid-back with high-energy, for a satisfaction-guaranteed journey through culture, touching on everything from life as a struggling musician to police violence and racism in Canada and abroad. SDTW excels on stage and on record, bringing a fresh take on tradition in a movement where loops are and jewels are the tools of the trade. Following the release of their debut album Studies In Grey, SDTW received a WCMA nomination for Hip Hop Act of the Year and received a Polaris Prize nod making them the first Manitoba-based hip hop act to be considered.

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