This weekend I attended Focus Festival in Wrexham. Focus is an industry showcase festival and primevally showcases new bands and artists. The festival takes place in many venues across the city meant that a) there’s no mud and b) there’s a large choice of excellent beer. Here’s the rundown of the Friday and Saturday that I attended.
Friday 5th May
Gallops – Love Gallops
Squid – Very talented drummer/lead lead singer – Jazz indy
Delta Radio – Psych Blues Band
Cowboy – I’m taking my guitar back and getting a refund – it does not make the same noises that these guys got from their’s. It was chip toontastic.
Shelf Lives – Electro punk – awesome
Baba Ali – Stunning stage presence
Afro Cluster – Great set
Saturday 6th May
Alekxandr – I love him, he played new stuff that’s on his upcoming album, and my favourite Tell Jackson I love him.
Dafydd Iwan – Legend
Kidsmoke – Planning a second album – these guys are great
Mary Shelley – The energy they had was amazing, they trashed the bar – I had to help put the pump back together after. The poor bar staff were shocked. We text the owner with photos.
Ben Ottewell – In a church, on the way in we saw him, Stu went ‘Alright Ben’ and he was – the church had ran out of beer so we were forced to drink wine
The Coral – OMG it’s 2003 again, they played all the hits, and were everything that you’s want them to be. Stu had the last pint of Wrexham Larger from the tent bar earlier in the day so was forced to drink Red Stripe
Campfire Social – they were so acoustic that the did it outside the venue
Either Da – fuzzy garage rock
Declan Swans – It got a bit messy at this point – we did Always Sunny in Wrexham twice – it was very much called for – I think I may still hurt a little bit from jumping about.
Shout out to bands we couldn’t see
Go Go Machine Orchestra
Cosmic Dog Fog
Great two day – messy in places – I’ve just bought tickets for next year!