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The entire team at Calon FM would like to wish all of our listeners, advertisers, guests and everybody who has helped us throughout 2019 a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

FOCUS Wales are showcasing 2 artists from Wales in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, this October at the BreakOut West Festival! The artists selected to showcase in Canada are Wrexham’s, Baby Brave, and Snowdonia based band Worldcub. This trip has been made possible with the help of Wales Arts International and PRS Foundation who are working together to support Wales based artists to undertake international visits, aimed at the development of international work outside of the UK.

BreakOut West is the primary music industry showcase event hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Attracting music industry reps from across the globe, each year this exciting event is held in a different western Canadian region on a rotational basis. This year, the event will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon over 2nd-6th October, 2019. This four-day event is comprised of a 4-day music conference, a 3-night multi-genre music festival, the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch and the Western Canadian Music Awards Reception.

Baby Brave are an exciting indie pop outfit formed in Wrexham in 2014. Their sound has graduated with a heavier, gutsier beat that has garnered the band a solid fanbase and support slots at festivals and venues all over the UK for the likes of Bo Ningen, Stealing Sheep, and Slow Club.

Worldcub are a bilingual indie psych band hailing from Snowdonia. Their debut album was self-released at the tail end of 2016 and gained coverage on major platforms such as The Guardian and UNCUT Magazine. Worldcub’s performance at BreakOut West will also contribute to the celebration of the UNESCO year of indigenous languages taking place at the festival, where artists who perform in various indigenous languages will be present.

Both bands caught the eye of BreakOut West’s music booker during their performances at FOCUS Wales 2019. For more information on international opportunities with FOCUS Wales visit www.focuswales.com/international

Performer applications for FOCUS Wales 2020 are now open to artists worldwide via www.focuswales.com
240 acts performed at the 2019 festival, with artists traveling from across the globe from nations including Canada, Korea, France, Catalonia, USA, Estonia, Finland, Ireland and lots more playing alongside headliners including Neck Deep, Cate Le Bon, Boy Azooga, The Lovely Eggs, Snapped Ankles, BC Camplight, 9Bach, and Kero Kero Bonito. The first 50 acts for FOCUS Wales 2020 will be selected this October, so artists hoping to showcase at the festival are encouraged to submit their applications early.

FOCUS Wales 2020 takes places 7th, 8th, 9th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales. Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at www.focuswales.com/tickets For the first time, sex with Kamagra for partners is a novelty, stepping over some social rules and prohibitions, and then, in marriage, there is no longer that tickling sense of prohibition or conquest.

Two daredevil workmates have taken “a leap of faith” in aid of a children’s hospice charity.

Nick Mayer and Molly Cadle, who work as client administrators at criminal record checks company Disclosure Services in Wrexham, both did a tandem skydive to raise money for Hope House.

They jumped out of a speeding plane 10,000 ft above the Tilstock Airfield, just outside Whitchurch in Shropshire.

Between them they raised £1,000 for Hope House which has hospices in Morda, near Oswestry, and in the Conwy Valley.

It provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

Hope House is one of the three charities which the staff at Disclosure Services voted to support during 2019.

Nick, 42, who lives in Whittington, near Oswestry, explained that a representative from Hope House had visited the company to give a presentation on what they do at the hospice.

He said: “After the presentation, I got quite emotional hearing some of the stories, so it was something I thought I would like to do to raise money for a good cause.

“Doing a sky dive is on my bucket list as well, so I was also killing two birds with one stone.

“Hope House does a fantastic job and it’s a really necessary service but the sad thing is that it doesn’t get much finance from the public purse so they rely on people like us to raise money.

“They need something like £6.3 million annually to just keep going every year so it’s a big mountain to climb every year.

“There were a few butterflies before I jumped but I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be. The instructor was very good, a calming influence.

“After jumping out of the plane you go down headfirst the wind is buffeting you in the face. Then you sort of level out.

“When the instructor pulled the cord, it sucked us back up and then we floated down nice and gently. We could see as far as the River Dee and the River Mersey. It was pretty spectacular.”

It was also the first ever skydive for Molly,27, who lives in Ellesmere.

She said: “On the day and surprisingly I wasn’t that scared of it. I just wanted to do it. I was shocked as I was expecting to be really nervous on the day.

“Before I knew it, we shuffled up towards the edge of the plane and I had my eyes shut because I was a little bit scared of looking at that point.

“But I realised I didn’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity so I opened my eyes during the free fall which I enjoyed more than when the parachute opened because it made me feel ill with motion sickness.

“It went really quickly from the parachute opening to the landing that seemed to go so fast. It was amazing just to see the world from another perspective.

“I think the best bit was that I felt fearless in the moment and I loved that because in day-to-day life I’m a bit more cautious. I just went for it and it was a personal achievement for me.

“Both Nick and I have made around £500 so it was definitely worth it for such a good cause.”

Paul Barlow, the chief executive of Disclosure Services, paid tribute to the daring duo.

He said: “I would like to salute Molly and Nick because it takes guts to jump out of a plane at 10,000 ft.

“I am proud of their effort and of the fact that they have raised £1,000 for Hope House which does a fantastic and hugely important job in helping youngsters and their families at such a difficult time in their lives.”

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This Weekend

Friday / Dydd Gwener

7am - Early Breakfast

9am - Breakfast

10am - Into the Morning with Jamie G

12pm - Femme Creators

4pm - Dragonheart

6pm - The Mike Derry Show

8pm - Feel Good Friday

10pm - Graeme Park

Saturday / Dydd Sadwrn

8am - John Tudor

10am - Kickstart

12pm - Stage & Screen

3pm - The Best Music Mix with Arran Hodges

8pm - Future Fresh

2am - Dance Nation

Sunday/Dydd Sul

10am - The Matthew Barnes Show

12pm - Steve Gregson

2pm - Weekend Wing Ding

4pm - Jamie G

6pm - Classical XOver