FOCUS Wales are showcasing two artists from Wales at the BreakOut West Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada this October! 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. This is 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 from 2nd to 6th October, 2019. The event consists of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival, the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch and the Western Canadian Music Awards Reception.
Baby Brave are an exciting new-wave, noise-pop outfit formed in Wrexham in 2014. Their sound has graduated to a heavier, gutsier beat that has garnered the band a solid fanbase and they have performed festival and support slots all over the UK for 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.
It was at FOCUS Wales that the bands caught the eye of BreakOut West’s music booker. 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 (from Wrexham), 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 place from 7th to 9th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales. Full three-day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at www.focuswales.com/tickets.