MIMR @ Focus Wales 2017: Must See Bands

In the final MIMR preview before Focus Wales kicks off in a few days i asked for some expert opinions on the must see acts at this year’s event. It may be a hard choice to choose with so many amazing acts hitting wrexham for 3 days of musical mayhem but my panel of experts have chosen their top picks!

Andy Jones (co-founder of Focus Wales Festival)

We’ve got Welsh Music Prize winner Georgia Ruth opening up the festival on Thursday at St Giles Church, which is top of my list. Love what she’s doing. 

Then Astroid Boys is sure to be a lively show up at Central Station, and Bryde too at Undegun, both also on the Thursday. 

Playing late on the Thursday is Castles, up at central Station, and that’s a show everyone should be at. 

We’ve got Guto of ‘Super Furry Animals playing with his new band Gulp on the Friday, and I really love what they’re doing. 

John Bramwell (of I Am Kloot) also plays on the Friday at the St Giles Church, and that’s set to be a full house. 

British Sea Power at the Central Station venue on the Saturday night should be a special one too; and I’d suggest wristband holders to get in early if they want to get into that one. 

we have Cardiff band Islet playing our finale party on the Saturday night, which will be a must see show. It’s always full on with Islet, and will be the ideal way to see out FOCUS Wales 2017!

Andy Garside (Designer at Focus Wales/DWOH DJ)

Golden Fable with New Sinfonia

Thurs 11th May – St Gile’s 7:50pm

I was lucky enough to catch a performance Golden Fable did with New Sinfonia in UnDegUn, and it was possibly my favourite live musical experience of last year.
Say Sue Me (Korea)

Thurs 11th May – UnDegUn 8:20pm

Gorgeous, shimmery, sunny pop from Korea. Despite being FOCUS Wales’ designer, I had completely missed the fact that this ace Korean band were playing until they got played on the radio recently and they announced the UK dates with FOCUS Wales being one of them. My new favourite band.  

Baby Brave

Friday 12th May – Central Station 9:15pm

Everyone’s favourite noise-popsters! They’ve been locked in the studio recently recording new material. What I’ve heard of it has been incredible. Their live shows get more incendiary every performance, and their big hometown gigs are always knockout!

Tender Prey

Sat 13th May – UnDegUn 11:00

Fantastic, dirty, sexy rock and roll. This is how you do ‘cool’. Watch and learn.


Sat 13th May – UnDegUn 11:45

I just adore this band (although ‘band’ doesn’t seem to quite sit right when describing them) and I’m super happy to see them back on stage again. A guaranteed lively performance that steps right outside what is expected of a ‘gig’. A perfect way to end the festival!

Other mentions go to Gulp / Castles / Fauna Twin / Camera/ YouthBattalion / Gintis / Seazoo / Mowbird

Kidsmoke (Indie-pop quartet from wrexham playing at this year’s festival)


Denuo – I’ve been into their stuff for ages now but keep missing them play so I’m really looking for to finally catching them live. 


Seazoo – Because I love them so much!


British Sea Power – ‘Cos I’ve never seen them. 


Golden Fable – I think it’ll be an ace gig, and they’ve got a flipping orchestra!

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