Hard Working Class Heroes

Ireland’s Annual Music Showcase and Conference

Hard Working Class Heroes have announced the 50 acts that will make up the line-up for HWCH18. HWCH made the annual call for bands to apply in June and had a huge response. Over 600 bands applied via First Music Contact’s platform Breaking Tunes and the bands were chosen independently by top international and Irish music industry professionals. Last year HWCH reduced the number of bands showcasing to 50 and highlighted the need for acts to have a development plan and an eye on international activity. The success of this move resulted in a record number of Irish acts being selected for overseas showcase events in 2017 including Eurosonic, SXSW, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Primavera Pro and more. HWCH hopes to see the same success from this year’s acts, 37 of which have not showcased before.

The live showcases will take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September across five city centre venues – The Workman’s Club, Tramline, Tengu, Doyles and The Grand Social. On Thursday 27th September, 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. This will be Ireland’s largest gathering of bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here at home. The weekend will see a mixture of workshops, discussions and panels which are growing in importance year on year for artists across all levels to meet with people one-to-one who can make a difference. HWCH annually brings Ireland to the world and the world to Ireland over one weekend.

Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Maria Kelly, Saint Sister, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier along with Girl Band, Ailbhe Reddy, Delorentos, Soulé, Jape, Coronas, Pleasure Beach, Talos, Le Boom, Otherkin and many more. Currently running is an initiative between HWCH and media partners RTÉ 2FM which will see all fifty HWCH 18 acts being playlisted on 2FM between now and the festival.

Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges):

Delegate Ticket (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) €55  /  Live Ticket (Friday & Saturday) €35

Conference Ticket (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) €25 / Live Ticket (Friday/Saturday) €25

Single Venue Ticket €12.50 (only available on the door at live music venues)


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