Hard Working Class Heroes
If it’s music you’re looking for, then look no further than Hard Working Class Heroes, which returns to venues across Dublin from 6 to 8 October. The festival showcases emerging Irish acts and this year 100 artists will take to Dublin’s stages and serve up a feast of fantastic music in some terrific venues. Hard Working Class Heroes takes you on a jaunt through some of Dublin’s most exciting and interesting gig spaces. There will be gigs at the creative hub, the Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn Street, as well as the hidden Japanese gem Tengu. On Friday and Saturday night of the festival the iconic City Hall will play host to a special selection of stripped back performances from artists on the cutting edge of Irish music. There are also a number of exciting developments at this year’s festival.
As part of the start of a three year project to build audiences between Ireland and Iceland, two Icelandic bands (Wesen and aYia) will perform at the festival. They will be joined by a host of top Irish acts, many of whom are surely destined for big things in the years to come. Loah, a self-described ‘artsoul’ singer of Sierra Leone and Irish heritage and former pharmacist from South Dublin has been tipped for big things. The amazing drummer and one-man-band experience Jeremy Hickey, known as R.S.A.G., always puts on a spectacular show that is not to be missed, while singer-songwriter Tara Lee may be already known to international audiences for her supporting role on the Gillian Anderson TV series, The Fall but she is also building up a promising music career. They will be joined by the likes of Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, Talos, Bitch Falcon and Maria Kelly. Another exciting addition to the festival this year is the Hard Working Class Heroes Convention.
This free convention runs in the Chocolate Factory on the same days as the festival. It is the biggest gathering of Irish and international music makers and doers in the country this year, with 1,300 speed sessions and 22 workshops and conversations facilitating exchanges between artists and the music business. There will be discussions and conversations around such issues as changes in the industry, how artists and businesses are adapting to the new environment and what fans make of all this change. There will also be three days of how-to workshops covering digital, social media, videos, visuals and much more. It’s perfect for aspiring musicians or anyone with an interest in how the music business works. Hard Working Class Heroes takes place in the Workman’s Club, Wigwam, The Chocolate Factory, Tengu, The Hub @ Mez and City Hall. At only €45 for the entire weekend, it’s not only a great festival but great value too and the perfect opportunity to see what Ireland’s emerging musical talent has to offer.
6th – 8th October