A Wrexham band has been selected as one of two artists from Wales to perform in this year’s BreakOut West Festival in Canada.
Baby Brave, along with Snowdonia based Worldcub were chosen by FOCUS Wales to showcase in the event in October.
The 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, 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 over 2nd-6th October, 2019. This four-day event is comprised of a 4-day music conference, a 3-night multi-genre music festival, the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch and the Western Canadian Music Awards Reception.
Baby Brave are an indie pop outfit formed in Wrexham in 2014. Their sound has graduated with a heavier, gutsier beat that has garnered the band a solid fanbase and support slots at festivals and venues all over the UK for the likes of 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.
Their performance at BreakOut West will also contribute to the celebration of the UNESCO year of indigenous languages taking place at the festival, where artists who perform in various indigenous languages will be present.
Both bands caught the eye of BreakOut West’s music booker during their performances at FOCUS Wales 2019.
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, 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 places 7th, 8th, 9th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales.
More information on international opportunities with FOCUS Wales can be found here.
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