Zeb

Zeb is a singer/songwriter from Abercrave. His haunting voice and powerful performance has caught the attention of JP from The Civil Wars amongst others and he is currently writing and recording his debut EP to be released this year.

WYNT

WYNT take their name from the Billy Wynt, in homage to a 300-year-old mysterious tower that overlooks their village in the Rhondda valley, South Wales. WYNT started their journey in 2018 after individual old bands fell away. Beginning by locking themselves away in the backroom of their local pub for 8 months to write, demo, and perfect their live sound emerging with a handful of tracks. The band describe their live shows as sweat filled, ear shattering, blood pumping sing alongs.

Twin Stranger

Twin Stranger is a Welsh 5 piece power-pop project led by singer/multi-instrumentalist Alex
McConnachie. Their sound is a mix of hooky bass-driven pop melodies, synth freak-outs
and dreamy guitar soundscapes. Initially a bedroom project, McConnachie enlisted multi-instrumentalist brother Liam as well as friends, bassist Josh Newington, Joe Tobin on keyboards and drummer Eric Karvik.

With influences ranging from Big Star to Stereolab, Twin Stranger also draw upon the likes of Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and Pavement. The bedroom project evolved into a full live band following a successful string of shows across South Wales and the South West.

The Cazales

BBC aired vibrant Indie Pop 5 piece band based in North Wales, Wrexham. Originally formed in 2015 and released there debut EP ‘Real Emotion’ in 2016 which was produced by Alan Smyth from 2fly studios in Sheffield.

After a great start to 2019 we have headlined our first show for Scruff Of The Neck Promotions in Liverpool at EBGBS, aswell as some top nights headlining in Sheffield, Manchester, Chester and our first ever appearance at Focus Wales 2019 supporting Boy Azooga.

The Deep Blue

In the depths of Manchester live four women: Georgia, Niamh, Katie and Sophie. Carving lives from red brick and late nights; learning to swim in all that rain. They are The Deep Blue, and they are making music. Lots of it. Songs of the alternative indie folk persuasion, rich in three part vocal harmony and washed in the shades of their name.

The Deep Blue spent lockdown writing and recording their debut EP with producer Alex Quinn. The tracks, all set for release 2021, emulate the mind games playing out inside our own heads. Perhaps they are in yours too. Come swim with us – we could all do with an escape into The Deep Blue.

The Deep Blue are a featured artist of INES (Innovation Network of European Showcases) talent pool, and will make their debut appearances at leading emerging talent festivals Liverpool Sound City and FOCUS Wales later this year.

The Accident Group

The accident group are a band from manchester playing no-win-no-fee rock and roll picking out the chaff of landfill indie and offering sound legal advice and wheat for small fees

Sunglaciers (Alberta, Canada)

2019 saw Sunglaciers embark on their first cross Canada tour to support the release of their debut LP, Foreign Bodies. Songwriters Evan Resnik and Mathieu Blanchard retreated to Mexico City in late 2017 to write the album together, discovering a strange and unique tranquility amid the chaos of the sprawling metropolis. They returned to Calgary and enlisted Chris Dadge (Chad vanGaalen, Alvvays) to record and co-produce. A dense, expansive work of alternating urgency and atmosphere, Foreign Bodies mirrors the particular nature of its birthplace through its inventive structures, harsh beauty, and the ability to find serenity inside discord.

St.Arnaud (Alberta, Canada)

By the release of his debut album, St.Arnaud was an old hand on the folk festival circuit, a University graduate in Neuroscience, accidental overdose survivor, and at a loss for what to do next. In the Fall of 2017, his bandmate, friend, and at times antagonist, was hit by a train, dissolving his trio, North of Here. To honour the loss, St.Arnaud rewrote the collection, previously titled The Cost of Living. Harkening back to ‘60s protest folk, Ian’s beaming, clever lyrics belay more cerebral themes behind sha-la-las. Simply orchestrated, impeccably composed, St.Arnaud tackles themes of loss and resilience with sardonic humour and heart-on-the-sleeve, puppy-love honesty.

Papur Wal

Papur Wal are a trio based in Cardiff via North Wales. Formed in 2018 as a three piece, initially Papur Wal placed themselves firmly in the 90s slacker rock camp, with Y Selar acclaimed 2019 EP of the year ‘Lle yn y byd mae hyn?’, and AA-side ‘O’n ni’n Ffrindia / When he’s gone’ introducing audiences to their fuzzy, disjointed melancholic shape shifting songs. More recently Papur Wal have explored more sugary harmonised melodies and 3-minute pop songs influenced by west coast 70s pop. 2021 will see the release of their debut album.

Otto

Otto is an Indie-Pop artist from Wales. Having graduated from the prestigious Forte Project and been championed by Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio 1) he has already been singled-out as one of the most talented artists of his generation. Over recent years he has opened for acclaimed acts such as Louis Baker and Saint Raymond and has performed everywhere from HubFest and Landed Festival to Swansea Fringe, Swn and HowTheLightGetsIn. Otto’s single ‘Boxer’ was A-listed on BBC Radio Wales for six weeks over the summer and his new EP (‘Post’) was supported by the BBC Horizons Launchpad Fund.

ME AND DEBOE

Hailing from the North, ME & DEBOE are a female alternative acoustic duo, performing extensively across the UK, Europe and the United States. With influences ranging from Kate Bush to Bowie and The Beatles, their distinctive percussive sound and harmony are intertwined into a powerhouse performance: Attaching butterfly wings to metal girders. Recorded and produced by Sebastien Allemand, 2020 has seen the release of 4 singles and an endorsement with Danelectro USA. The duo have continued to adapt performances with the lockdown series AloneTogether and are working on new visual projects and releases for 2021. Find out more at meanddeboe.com

KIM HON

If there was ever a band that could combine LCD Soundsystem’s art/electro/punk swagger with Super Furry Animal’s pop sensibility… well that’s KIM HON. They are a band with the edge of your seat creative danger of The Fall and train of thought fearless lyrics that bounce off the walls as graffiti slogans in the making!

KIM HON was formed this year in a flurry of creative energy by Iwan Llŷr (Guitar, Keys, Music) and Iwan Fôn (Vocals, Lyrics), also founding members of the popular North Wales band Y Reu.

Kiddus

The product of Caribbean/Indian/Filipino/Welsh heritage and raised Rastafari Kiddus’ musical stylings are as eclectic as his upbringing. Splicing soul punk afrobeat indie-pop and grime into a beautiful Cronenbergian monster that struggles free of any genre it is pinned to. Some call it ‘Post- Funk’ some ‘Moshpit R&B’ – at times it wants to be called ‘Depressing Dancehall’. Kiddus’ releases carry a signature DIY ethos with every element crafted single-handedly in a small bedroom studio – from production instrumentation mixing and mastering to music videos featuring self-shot iPhone footage.

Jacob & Morgan Elwy

Jacob Elwy and Morgan Elwy are brothers from the Vale of Clwyd known for their melodic Welsh folk rock and reggae style. They have been proving themselves as musicians, locally for years and have recently started their very own record label, Bryn Rock Records. Jacob struck the welsh scene a few years back with a series of singles that are regularly requested on BBC Radio Cymru. Morgan released his debut album following his success on Cân i Gymru 2021 with his popular reggae single Bach O Hwne. After a long stint away they are back with a beautiful set of tunes especially for Focus Wales.

Igloo Hearts

Igloo Hearts are a folk pop duo, consisting of James and Katie MacGregor. Their music incorporates intimate harmonies, guitar and keyboard. James has been involved in the North Wales music scene for many years, supporting the likes of Nick Harper and Oysterband, also having radio play on BBC Wales Introducing. James recently joined forces with Katie, and her classical piano background, and together Igloo hearts was formed. The spine tingling blend of their voices, is the bedrock of their unique sound.

ĠENN (Malta)

As befitting a band who take their name from the Maltese word for frenzy, ĠENN thrive amongst chaos. “Craziness follows us,” laughs lead singer Leona Farrugia, alluding to the quartet’s colourful history, which has so far featured robbery, legal disputes, long-distance collaborations, and three members of the band relocating to Brighton from Malta. Guitarist Janelle Borg concurs. “[ĠENN] could have been a support group, but we decided to make music instead,” she deadpans.

Jokes aside, it’s this unique outlook and tight-knit gang mentality that make ĠENN such a thrilling proposition musically, as evidenced on March’s Liminal EP. Released through London-based indie Everything Sucks Music, the six-song collection sees Leona, Janelle and their bandmates Leanne Zammit (bass) and Sofia Rosa Cooper (drums) contrasting searing post-punk missives with more allusive meditations cocooned in psychedelic textures.

Sisterhood is an apt description for the creative dynamic within ĠENN: theirs is an unconditional bond, based on mutual affection and instinctive trust. Songs are born out of group jams, though the pandemic meant they had to adapt their process slightly to work at a distance. The songwriting on Liminal is the product of these remote sessions, with songs finalised post-lockdown at Brighton’s Small Pond Studios with producer Sam Coveney.

Key reference points for the record included Baxter Drury, Metronomy, LCD Soundsystem and Captain Beefheart, as well as the band’s most enduring inspirations Warpaint. Listen closely, and you can practically hear the band shrugging off their Riot Grrrl reputation in real time, as they move in a more experimental and neo-psychedelic direction.

ETHR

Hailing from Darlington, County Durham, ETHR is an indie pop duo comprised of Harri Endersby and Rich Endersby-Marsh. Having toured the UK’s folk scene extensively under the Harri Endersby moniker, ETHR is a new creative project born of lockdown, experimentation and quiet revolution. With musical influences including Phoebe Bridgers, Ásgeir, and Maggie Rogers, ETHR straddles the lines of the indie pop and folk-rock genres.

Elis Derby

Elis Derby started off uploading demos to his Soundcloud, before establishing his own live band and gigging frequently around Wales. His debut single, ‘Sut Allai Gadw Ffwrdd/Myfyrio’ was released independently in September 2018, and since then he’s released a further two singles, with ( as of October 2019 ) working on his debut album, scheduled for release in the new year, under Recordiau Côsh. His influences include The Strokes, Mac Demarco, The Beatles, David Bowie, Yr Ods and The Velvet Underground.

Denuo

Denuo is an alternative rock band from Conwy in North Wales led by Welsh multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Tom Mason, blending ambient soundscapes and shoegaze synth pop that lovers of Phoenix and m83 will fall head over heels for. 2019 saw the release of the single ‘Lucid’ – a shimmering tapestry of dreamy indie-pop and summer nostalgia that featured on Spotify’s Dreampop editorial playlist. The single is Mason’s first offering from his forthcoming album, due to be released in 2020.

Dienw

Twm Herd (prif lais a gitâr) ac Osian Land (drums) yw Dienw, sy’n disgrifio eu hunain fel “band amrwd a gonast sy’n plethu agweddau indie a psychedelic”. Bu iddynt ffurfio nôl yn 2017, cawsant sesiwn ar raglen Huw Stephens, Radio Cymru yn 2018 ac yn 2019 ymunodd y grŵp â theulu Recordiau I KA CHING. Mae enw’r band yn deyrnged i un o ganeuon y band hoffus Eitha Tal Ffranco.
Mae’r band yn credu fod eu caneuon yn llawer mwy o dafod mewn boch na lot o bethau eraill yn y sîn ar hyn o bryd.

Campfire Social

Captivating Indie-pop collective; Campfire Social craft a dynamically rich sound bursting with bright harmonies carefully layered over hypnotic melodies. Their honest approach echoes a love of 90’s ‘heart-on-sleeve’ emo culture. At times sobering, a hopeful message prevails; we’re better together.

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