Returning Wrexham festival is a hit with fans


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

MORE than 4,000 music and comedy fans flocked to Wrexham throughout the weekend for the four-day Focus Wales festival.

Starting on Wednesday and concluding on Saturday night, Focus Wales 2014 concerts and shows took place throughout the town at venues including Central Station, Wrexham Museum, The Bank, and Glyndwr University.

Kizzy Crawford and Kids In Glass Houses were just two of the music highlights, whilst a whole host of comedians performed at venues in the town, including Mock The Week’s Gary Delaney, who performed a gig at Grove Park Theatre on Friday night.

The event, in its fourth year, has been welcomed by landlords, bar owners and hotels across Wrexham, as over 90 per cent of attendees came from outside the region and crowds were up on 2013 figures according to organisers.

Festival co-ordinator Andy Jones said the 2014 festival was proof the event was getting bigger and better.

He said: “The festival has been brilliant. We are growing Focus Wales year on year and we hope it’s just going to get better and better next year.

“We now employ 70 people when Focus Wales is on and all the hotels in Wrexham are full and the bars packed for the four days of the festival.

“Ninety per cent of visitors to the festival this year are from outside Wrexham county, which is fantastic, and hopefully businesses in the town will benefit from this.

“When we started Focus Wales we wanted to create a festival which Wrexham could take ownership of and it’s great that we now have so many partners which is enabling us to grow the event.”

Toronto-based Americana musician Darren Eedens played Focus Wales on Friday and Saturday as part of a 24-date tour of Europe, taking in shows in Belgium, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Austria.

“This is my second visit to the festival,” said Darren.

“I had a really good time here last year and I loved how much local support there was for the festival. With a few artists from overseas as well, you get the best of both worlds.”

Lynda Powell, Glyndwr University’s director of campus management and commercial services, said: “Glyndwr University is delighted to have hosted two of Wales’ top events in the past week, Focus Wales and Comic.con.

“These events attract thousands of people from all over the world to Wrexham and showcase the facilities we have here and in the town, as well as building on Glyndwr’s reputation as a top venue for music, comedy and the arts.

“We hope everyone who came to both Focus Wales and Comic.con had a great time; we look forward to seeing you all here again next year.”

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