FESTIVAL REPORT: Focus Wales 2017

When: 11th – 13th May 2017 Where: Various venues, Wrexham SXSW in Austin; the Great Escape in Brighton; Focus Wales in Wrexham. Don’t laugh; Focus Wales is a showcase festival to rival the best. But unlike the other two events, you won’t spend an entire weekend trekking across town to find yourself at the end of yet another queue. Wrexham might still be feeling the effects of the recession, with several empty shop units, but it also has a burgeoning arts scene that has taken over many of these disused units, turning them into galleries and venues. This year GIITTV even have our own stage. Un Deg Un, for example, is a former Sports Direct. The current exhibition of various video art installations casts flickering shadows on the main venue, while upstairs the Void is a warehouse space bathed in red light. The rough-and-ready finish can’t match up to Cardiff art rockers Palomino Party‘s glamour, their frontman high-kicking and slut-dropping round the stage in stacked heels to their new wave stylings. The gothic pillars of St Giles’ church are illuminated pink and little battery-powered tea lights sit on the pews. Golden Fable and the NEW Sinfonia are a match made … Continue reading FESTIVAL REPORT: Focus Wales 2017