Three Catalan bands to perform at Focus Wales, with the support of the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies
Three Catalan bands to perform at Focus Wales, with the support of the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies


  • Maria Arnal & Marcel Bagés, Matthew McDaid and The Zephyr Bones will perform at Focus Wales festival in Wrexham from 10 to 12 May 2018
  • The showcase of Catalan groups in Wales is the collaboration result between the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises (ICEC), Vic’s Live Music Market and Focus Wales


The duo formed by Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés, Rupit singer-songwriter Matthew McDaid and psychedelic rock band The Zephyr Bones will be performing on 12 May at the next edition of Focus Wales, with the support of the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) through its internationalisation brand, Catalan Arts.

Open to both general public and trade professionals, Focus Wales is one of the UK’s fastest-growing music festivals of recent years in terms of the number of visitors, international professionals—now up to more than 100—and conferences. Over the three-day event some 8,000 people will visit the 20 venues distributed around Wrexham, North Wales, an hour from Liverpool, where more than 200 bands will be performing.

This showcasing of Catalan bands in Wales is the result of the relationship established between Catalan Arts, Mercat de Música Viva de Vic, and Focus Wales to promote exchanges between Catalan and Welsh bands and professionals.

This is one of the stellar actions of the Department of Culture’s policy of the Government of Catalonia, developed by ICEC, for the internationalization of music made in Catalonia. In this line, the ICEC promote collaborations that go beyond than a timely investment in a festival and be able to have a greater impact for the completely Catalan sector.

The relationship established between MMVV and Focus Wales has already begun to materialize in the MMVV’s professional days on May 3 and 4, with the participation of the Focus Wales programmer, Neal Thompson, among other agents of the sector. This year, the conference focused on presenting the current reality of the music market in the United Kingdom, with the aim to facilitate contact between Catalan companies and their British counterparts, so that they could present artistic proposals susceptible to be scheduled in Great Britain.

The internationalization of the music sector and access to the British market

With the aim of promoting and facilitating the access of Catalan cultural and creative companies to national and international markets, ICEC's Market Area works to connect, advise and promote the cultural companies in their internationalization.

Successful access to the UK market is a complex job that requires a strategy and effort on the part of the agents and promoters on the one hand. However, in recent years we find cases of success such as the Barcelona’s DJ John Talabot or the dissolved Ojos de Brujo band who knew how to make a gap and be programmed in numerous festivals and British halls.

According to the information that companies make and which are collected on the Catalan Art’s website, this 2018, 15 Catalan artists and bands have planned more than 30 performances in the United Kingdom.

Numbers that will increase as the year progresses and more selections and contracts are confirmed, taking into account the great previous work that Catalan professionals carried out last year to access into the British market. Thanks to the help lines for internationalization projects, in 2017 Catalan music companies carried out 147 professional actions around the world, including 14 in the United Kingdom.



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