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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.

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The Clwydian Range Tourism Group have launched their Stay, Eat, Do campaign and pictured, from left, are Co-ordinator Julie Masters, activities providers Richard Haggerty and Carl Percival, Sue Hallows, Raven Inn; Jane Clough, Clwydian Range Tourism Group; Ceri Lloyd, Clwydian Range AONB, and Gwyn Rowlands, Cadwyn Clwyd. Picture Mandy Jones

A brand new tourism project aimed at boosting the rural economy by encouraging visitors to one of Wales’s most beautiful regions to make more of their stays has been launched in North East Wales.

Stay, Eat, Do is intended to provide packages combining accommodation, food and activities across the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wales’s largest AONB.

It has been put together by the Clwydian Range Tourism Group following a feasibility study commissioned by rural regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd. The newly-appointed Project Co-ordinator Julie Masters said: “We want people to come here, stay longer and experience more of what the region has to offer.

“Visitors tend to come for a day or perhaps a weekend but if we can create bespoke itineraries for them involving places to stay, places to eat and things to do then maybe they will extend their stays to a long weekend or even a week.

“We have begun to put together those packages as part of a three-year programme and we want to hear from as many of the tourism providers as we can to create memorable, interesting and exciting visitor experiences that combine all three elements.

“This is a three-year programme so if you would like to look at future activities we want to hear from you.”

Stay, Eat Do will run until summer 2021 and cost £71,000 with funding from Cadwyn Clwyd and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and the support of Denbighshire, Wrexham and Flintshire Councils who are also working with the project.

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This week, S4C’s Cynefin turns its attention to the North East as it visits the largest town in North Wales, and as it was known for centuries, the largest town in Wales. Although Wrexham is inextricably linked to the world of industry, there is a deeper history to this town that our presenters explore with the help of some local characters.

We will hear of the unique history of the steelworks in the area, the town’s inescapable connection to football and the warm welcome which the locals have given to visitors throughout the centuries.

Politics and sports often go hand in hand but that’s particularly true for one hotel in the centre of Wrexham, as one of the presenters, Siôn Tomos Owen explains,

“The Wynnstay Arms has welcomed its fair share of legends over the years, including Prime Minister William Gladstone and according to local folklore, David Lloyd George stood on the balcony and announced that the First World War was over. His diary suggests he was somewhere else at the time, but why let the facts get in the way of a good story!

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Arfon Jones, the new North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner at Police HQ in Colwyn Bay.g

A pioneering scheme to divert low level offenders away from a life of crime is being launched in North Wales.

The idea has been championed by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones who says it will cut reoffending rates as well as reducing police and court time.

It’s anticipated part of the Checkpoint programme will be piloted in a selected area of North Wales in the New Year with the aim of rolling it out across the region over the next 12 months.

The scheme, which has been developed by Cambridge University, has been successfully trialled in Durham.

Offenders are offered the chance to avoid prosecution by seeking help from rehabilitation services in the community after signing a contract to say they will comply.

Each offender will be supervised by a skilled ‘navigator’ – many of whom have successfully completed rehabilitation programmes – the four-month period and they face prosecution if the contract is broken

Durham’s Checkpoint programme has already won a national award from the Howard League for Penal Reform and has achieved impressive results in reducing reoffending.

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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 will take place on Friday 1st February at The Live Rooms, Wrexham featuring three exciting Welsh acts.

Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. These venues 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 artistsGALLOPS 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.

 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 independentvenueweek.com

 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 www.focuswales.com  

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This Weekend

Friday / Dydd Gwener

7am - Early Breakfast

9am - Breakfast

10am - Jamie G

12pm - Isabella Crowther

1pm - Siema Good Vibes

2pm - Tied to the 90s

4pm - Dragonheart

6pm - The Mike Derry Show

8pm - Rhianwen Pullen

10pm - Graeme Park

Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn

8am - John Tudor

10am - Kickstart

12pm - Stage & Screen

2.45pm - Wrexham AFC Live Commentary

8pm - Future Fresh

2am - Dance Nation

Sunday/Dydd Sul

10am - James Evans

12pm - Matthew Barnes

2pm - Weekend Wing Ding

4pm - Jamie G

6pm - Classical XOver

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