• Hard Working Class Heroes To Rebrand as Ireland Music Week

    The country’s leading music showcase and conference, Hard Working Class Heroes has announced that it will rebrand as Ireland Music Week from this year onwards. Set to return to various venues in Dublin as an expanded five-day event across October 1st-5th, Ireland Music Week will, according to organisers First Music Contact, “build on [the] ever-growing importance of its strong independent uncompromising identity and continue to project a confident and inclusive sense of responsibility for Irish music in an international context.” Remaining central to its strategic mission is showcasing “50 of the most export-ready emerging Irish acts to the best of…

  • HWCH Stage-Times and Conference Schedule Announced

    The stage-times and conference schedule for this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes has been revealed. Taking place across September 27-29 in various venues across Dublin – with the conference taking place in the Chocolate Factory – full details for this year’s showcase are below. Tickets for HWCH 2018 can be bought here.

  • Line-Up Unveiled For Hard Working Class Heroes 2018

    Hard Working Class Heroes have revealed their line up for this year’s festival, taking place on September 27-29 across various venues in Dublin city centre including The Workman’s Club, Tengu, and The Grand Social. The 50 local acts announced in alphabetic order are: 1000 Beasts, A. Smyth, AE MAK, Alan Finan, Awkward Z, Bad Bones, Beauty Sleep, Bicurious, Brenna Carroll, Chanele McGuinness, Crook, Damola, Darce, Evans Junior, Feather Beds, Flynn, Hand Models, Hunkpapa, I Have A Tribe, Jack O’ Rourke, Josh Gray, Joshua Burnside, Just Mustard, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, Leila Jane, Malojian, Maria Kelly, Molly Sterling, New Atlas, New Pagans, Ódú, Owen Denvir,…

  • Hard Working Class Heroes Make Annual Call For Applications

    The application process for this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes has opened. Solo artists and bands interested in playing this year’s showcase, which runs from Thursday September 27-Saturday 29, can do so by logging on to HWCH.net and clicking on “BANDS APPLY HERE”. The application process, which will result in 50 acts being chosen to perform, closed on July 6. Hard Working Class Heroes director Angela Doran said, “With bands securing agents, managers and some label deals as well as a huge jump in national and international profile, a slot at HWCH is something of a bucket list achievement for a…

  • Stream: Other Creatures – Luxembourg

    Ahead of this weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes, Dublin three piece Other Creatures have released their first single, ‘Luxembourg’ from their aptly titled The First EP. The EP will be released by Trout Records where the band will be joining the likes of Saint Sister, Tandem Felix and Spies. ‘Luxembourg’ is the band’s first official release and is one loaded with jagged guitar chords and thunderous drums, giving it a post-punk flare that is brightened by the energised vocal melodies of Konrad Timon. This truly infectious track is an indie gem reminiscent of bands like Pavement, Interpol and Band of Horses. …

  • Festival Mixtape: Hard Working Class Heroes 2017

    Right up there with the country’s leading celebrations and showcases of homegrown, independent music, Hard Working Class Heroes will take over several Dublin venues once again across September 29-30. With the line-up whittled down to a rounded 50 acts this year, here’s the full day-to-day and venue breakdown and a playlist featuring our 20 must-see acts this year, including Loah, Bad Bones, Jafaris, Sleep Thieves, Frankenstein Bolts, Soulé, Rocstrong, Brand New Friend, Shookrah and more. Tickets are still available to buy right here.

  • Day by Day and Stage Times Revealed For Hard Working Class Heroes 2017

    The Day by Day schedule and stage-times have been revealed for this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes. Set to return to Dublin across September 28-30, the independent music showcase will be Ireland’s largest gathering of bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here at home. As well as a full bill of workshops, discussions, and panels, see below for those all-important days, venues and times. Tickets for Hard Working Class Heroes are on sale now.

  • Hard Working Class Heroes Reveal Line-Up and Venues

    Having made its annual call for bands to apply back in June, Hard Working Class Heroes have revealed the 50 acts set to play the festival when it returns to Dublin across September 28-30.  The following bands and solo artists will play The Workman’s Club, The Grand Social, Tramline, The Underground and The Tara Building: On Thursday, September 28 – the opening night – a targeted networking social event will take place in the Chocolate Factory where all the international delegates will have the chance to meet with their Irish counterparts and artists attending the HWCH conference. The conference is…

  • First Delegates and Ticket Info Announced for Hard Working Class Heroes 2017

    Ahead of its return to Dublin across September 28-30, Hard Working Class Heroes have announced the first wave of delegates and ticket information for its fifteenth outing. As well as featuring live showcases throughout the city across the three days and nights, the weekend will, as ever, see a mixture of workshops, discussions, and panels take place, featuring a wide array of bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors and journalists from around the world, as well as home. Amongst the first delegates announced are Adam Ryan of the Great Escape, Casper Mills of SXSW, Sarah Besnard of ATC, Lisa Hresko of A2IM and…

  • Submissions Open For Hard Working Class Heroes 2017

    The country’s leading annual celebration of homegrown, independent music, Hard Working Class Heroes will return to Dublin from September 28-30. With less acts set to appear this year, the festival are now taking submissions via here. According to the festival, “HWCH is an event with a proven pedigree when it comes to showcasing new and exciting talent. The key difference is that international agents, festival bookers, record labels, publishers, managers, event curators, journalists, editors, radio DJs and taste-makers come to HWCH to find new Irish acts only The closing date to apply is July 14.