FOCUS Wales becomes newest member of INES

29. October 2018

After four showcase festivals from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic joined the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES) in June, the network is pleased to welcome another member from Great Britain!

“FOCUS Wales is delighted to be taking part in INES alongside the existing fantastic Showcase Festivals. With INES we are delighted to welcome the best new European artists and music professionals to Wales. It also gives us the opportunity to present and promote the best new artists from Wales throughout the European music scene,” said FOCUS Wales co-founder and booker Andy Jones.

FOCUS Wales is now the second INES member from the United Kingdom and will be located in Wrexham, North Wales for it’s 9th edition. The international multi-venue showcase will be representing more than 200 bands across 20 stages in Wrexham and will be taking place the 16th through the 18th of May in 2019. Not only will FOCUS Wales be hosting acts from all over the world, but also a plethora of up-and-coming domestic acts as well. And in addition to all of the presenting artists, an interactive conference programme will present panels and discussions with experts from the music industry!

INES is a European cooperation project co-funded by Creative Europe that aims to create a unique exchange network between European showcase festivals to facilitate transnational artist discovery and career development, while promoting digitisation.

The participating members are:

  • c/o pop, Germany
  • Budapest Showcase Hub, Hungary
  • Enea Spring Break, Poland
  • FOCUS Wales, United Kingdom
  • Linecheck, Italy
  • Live at Heart, Sweden
  • Liverpool Sound City, United Kingdom
  • MENT Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Monkey Week, Spain
  • Nouvelle Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sonic Visions, Luxembourg
  • Waves, Vienna, Austria
  • Westway LAB, Portugal

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With the announcement of its participation in INES, FOCUS Wales opens the applications for INES#pro and INES#festival. Musicians and music professionals from all over Europe can apply until December 1st to perform at or visit the festival and network with other music professionals. More info here:


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