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FOCUS Wales @ 18th Ward Brewing, Brooklyn

November 21, 2022, 8 pm11:30 pm.
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FOCUS Wales are excited to be working in partnership with Wales Arts International, New Colossus Festival, and Welsh Government in North America to showcase a selection of the best new Welsh music makers in New York City next month to celebrate Wales’ game against USA in the football World Cup. 

On Monday, November 21st, FOCUS Wales will present a packed day of activity surrounding the Wales v USA match. After the game, we’re inviting guests to enjoy Welsh musical talent with showcases from artists Mace The Great, LEMFRECK, and Teddy Hunter, at 18th Ward Brewing in Brooklyn.

Rapper Mace The Great has catapulted his name far beyond Wales, showcasing at SXSW 2022, and Europe’s biggest hip hop event New Skool Rules.

L E M F R E C K is an artist, producer and writer who excels in unique storytelling through music and self-directed visuals. Named on BBC Introducing’s Ones To Watch in 2021. 

Teddy Hunter is a musician and songwriter working in alternative music and immersive audio. Both Teddy Hunter and LEMFRECK will be performing in New York fresh from showcasing at M for Montreal 2022. 

Our three Welsh artists will perform, alongside sets from USA artists Mary Shelley and Dead Tooth, presented by New York’s New Colossus Festival.

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FOCUS Wales are determined to reduce greenhouse emissions and make their work more sustainable, as part of this intent they have committed to offsetting the entire carbon impact of this showcase in New York. For more information on the showcase and to RSVP visit focuswales.com/environment   

FOCUS Wales 2023 takes place 4th, 5th, 6th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales. Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at www.focuswales.com/tickets  

FOCUS Wales is supported by Arts Council of Wales, PRS Foundation, and Welsh Government

Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Mace The Great is an exciting force of grime and hip-hop. In addition to winning a Triskel Award at the Welsh Music Prize 2020, he’s been gaining support from The Mobo’s, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Wales, BBC Sport, ITV, S4C and FOCUS Wales Festival. There is no doubt that Mace The Great‘s career is about to take off in a big way. With pride, he carries Cardiff on his shoulders and the community in his city reciprocates this love tenfold. After releasing his critically acclaimed EP My Side Of The Bridge in March 2021 via the MTGM label, he is fast building a solid foundation for global success. This was further solidified when Cardiff City FC used the EP’s headline track for the launch of their 21/22 kit. As we lead into 2023 the future is looking very exciting for the Welsh star as he plans on scheduling releases for his next batch of singles and music videos which will roll straight into his next highly anticipated EP ready for launch in the new year!


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“That experimental energy is a really good sign for me. L E M F R E C K’s got real talent to offer us” Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1. 

L E M F R E C K is a Welsh artist, producer, and writer who excels at telling unique stories through music and self-directed visuals. As a gospel session artist who was named one of the ten ONES TO WATCH 2021 by BBC INTRODUCING, L E M F R E C K‘s early years shaped his production, influenced by Fred Hammond. It was a quick sell out for his debut headline show in Wales’ capital city Cardiff, which demonstrated the extent of his talents. The artist was able to impress crowds with a live band in a VR 360 space, establishing him as one of Wales’ top artists. He is often compared to artists like Sampha and Pa Salieu. With his grime background and trained musicianship, L E M F R E C K makes a great combination. L E M F R E C K has already been played on BBC Radio 1 several times without a label or radio plugger, including Jack Saunders’ Future Sounds. As L E M F R E C K receives the Horizons Gorwelion grant, releases a new project, and performs at the iconic BBC Maida Vale studios, expect big things in 2022.


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Teddy Hunter is a Cardiff-based musician and songwriter specializing in alternative music and immersive audio. Through sound and installation, she explores the environment through gentle immersive ambiences combined with traditional instrumentation and songwriting. As she unfolds fragmented strata of sounds together with ethereal vocal layers, her performances are characterized by dreamy loops, gradual builds, and synthesized melodies. Teddy Hunter won the Green Man Rising prize for 2021. “Games”, her debut single, was released in May 2020 by Bubblewrap Collective. Teddy appears on the Pias Records debut release ‘The Human Touch’ by Late Night Final.


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