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11/03/2019
Museless and Agost have been selected to perform at Focus Wales, with the support of the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic and the ICEC
Museless and Agost have been selected to perform at Focus Wales, with the support of the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic and the ICEC

• The showcase of Catalan bands in Wales is the result of the collaboration between the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic, the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies and Focus Wales.

Dreampop band Agost and electronic artist Museless will take to the stage on 17 May during the Focus Wales festival in Wrexham, Wales, which takes place from 16 to 18 May. The concerts form part of the second collaboration between the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (MMVV) and Focus Wales, with support from the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) and Catalan Arts, its internationalisation brand for cultural and creative companies.

The musical entertainment will be complemented by an event for music professionals, jointly organised by the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies and the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics as a precursor to the festival, which has the aim of facilitating interaction between Catalan and Balearic professionals and the other music industry professionals attending Focus Wales, including festival and venue programmers both in Wales and around the world, and thus further promoting the presence of the acts performing.

This collaboration between Catalonia and Wales was launched last year in order to promote exchanges between Catalan and Welsh bands and music professionals. The duo Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés, singer-songwriter Matthew McDaid from Rupit and psychedelic rock band The Zephyr Bones all performed at Focus Wales in 2018. Conversely, Welsh acts Jack Found and The Gentle Good were included on the bill for the last MMVV live music festival.

Focus Wales has become one of the UK's fastest growing music industry events in recent years. Open to both the general public and industry professionals, it attracts around 10,000 people over the course of the three days. Now in its ninth edition, more than 200 groups will perform across 20 venues in the north Wales town of Wrexham.

With the aim of promoting and facilitating the access of Catalan cultural and creative companies to national and international markets, the ICEC Market Area works through the Catalan Arts brand to connect, advise and promote their internationalisation.

As a result of the funding made available for supporting internationalisation projects, Catalan music companies took part in 155 professional events around the world in 2018, 20 of which were in the United Kingdom.

More information: icec.gencat.cat / www.mmvv.cat

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