Hard Working Class Heroes |
HARD WORKING CLASS HEROES 2017 Ireland’s Annual Showcase Festival & Conference for New Music Thursday 28th / Friday 29th / Saturday 30th September 2017 Applications are now open
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Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) began with 40 Dublin bands playing in a single venue in the capital in 2003.Like all start-ups, it was rough around the edges, but there was heart and soul and the very best of intentions. Since that debut, HWCH has grown, morphed and developed into a much bigger and more wide-ranging event .Live music is still HWCH’s chief attraction. Last autumn, the festival hosted over 60 gigs per day from Irish acts in venues across the city over three nights. But that’s just the start of things. These days, HWCH also features a influential and highly regarded , internationally attended music industry convention, free daytime gigs in quirky Dublin spaces under the HWCH & the City banner and other sundry offshoots. Like Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavík), The Great Escape (Brighton), Canadian Music Week (Toronto) and Eurosonic (Groningen), 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

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Register Interest in the Start Your Own Business Music Programme This programme is designed for performers and music management. The programme will cover all the essentials of how to develop and sustain your music business. Please register your interest in the programme. Expression of interest is free i.e. no registration fee. Click here to register your interest


Our Conference takes place at The Chocolate Factory on 26 Kings Inn Street. Click here for a map


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For Tickets to our conference follow the ticket link below

Podcasts 2017


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Creative Ireland Videos

Keynote interview at HWCH 2017 with Rough Trade Records boss, Geoff Travis. Hosted by Jim Carroll.

‘Festivals with a Difference’ discussion at HWCH 2017 with Mark Hickson (Sounds from a Safe Harbour), Erika Elliott (SummerStage NYC), Almudena Heredero (Primavera Pro) & Natasha Haddad (Festival Republic). Hosted by Jim Carroll.

‘The Dream Team’ discussion at HWCH 2017 with Dawn Barger (Post Hoc Management), Jason Edwards (Coda Music Agency), Ruth Barlow (Beggars Group) & Will Vincent (Prescription PR). Hosted by Jim Carroll.

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