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FOCUS Wales are thrilled to be working alongside SXSW to present an exciting show in Wrexham during Independent Venue Week, which takes place next Friday 1st February at The Live Rooms, Wrexham featuring three exciting Welsh acts.

In what is challenging times for independent new music venues, with the number of independent music venues facing closure rising throughout Wales and the UK, Focus Wales set out to support and celebrate this important North Wales new music venue, and the 3 exciting Welsh acts playing on the night. Venues such as The Live Rooms in Wrexham are often the first venues to give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience, and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.

The Wrexham show will feature performances from two of the nation’s most hotly tipped artists GALLOPS and KIDSMOKE, who will both be flying the flag for Wales at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas this March. The bands will be joined by much hyped newcomers GLOVE, who have been taken under the wing of the award winning author and music journalist John Robb.

 Independent Venue Week brings together venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs. These venues are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.

Tickets for the show are on sale now via the FOCUS Wales Facebook page and Gigantic Tickets

 To learn more about Independent Venue Week visit

 Additionally, FOCUS Wales have recently announced over 100 acts who are set to play the festival in May, including: Boy Azooga, The Lovely Eggs, Neck Deep, Skindred, and BC Camplight. To see the full list of artists announced so far, and to purchase 3 day festival wristband visit

 FOCUS Wales 2019 takes places 16th, 17th, 18th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales. Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at tickets start at an early bird price of £35 each. FOCUS Wales is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government

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