Hard Working Class Heroes Festival Is Making Its Annual Call To Ireland’s Musicians


Bands and singer-songwriters listen up! Hard Working Class Heroes 2017, which runs in a variety of venues across Dublin showcasing Ireland’s best emerging talent, is now accepting applications.

To apply for the chance to play and take part in this internationally-recognised event, log on to hwch.net and click on the “BANDS APPLY HERE” button. Applications will be through the artists’ Breaking Tunes profile.  Closing date for applications is July 14th.

The festival which is supported by The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Failte Ireland/Tourism Ireland takes place 28th-30th September. It’s running a little differently this year; fewer bands will make up this year’s final line-up, and whilst it is still a three-day event, the live showcases will only take place across Friday and Saturday night. More info will be revealed next month.

Since kicking off 2003, the festival has showcased loads of Ireland’s best-known acts including recent Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier along with  Fight Like Apes and recent support act to Guns N’ Roses in Slane, Otherkin.

First Music Contact, who run HWCH, help fund artists and present Irish showcases throughout the year at Eurosonic, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Mondo NYC and many more.

CEO Angela Dorgan had this to say about this year’s fest, “As we are planning to expand our showcase portfolio through Music From Ireland in 2018, so to that end we are adding the bookers from BIME Portugal, Primavera Sound, and the Central Park Summer Stage to the event this year. The HWCH team will take an even more hands-on approach in terms of targeting the delegates for measurable outcomes for the artists taking part”.

Keep an eye on the socials for tips from some of the local and international judges between now and the application closing date on July 14th. Website: http://hwch.net/     Twitter #hwch17