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What is Hard Working Class Heroes?
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
and developed into a much bigger and more wide-ranging event.
Live music is still HWCH’s chief attraction. Last autumn, the festival presented 50 gigs
from Irish artists in 5 venues across Dublin city over 2 nights. But that’s just the start of
things. These days, HWCH also features an influential and highly regarded, internationally
attended music industry conference.
Like Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavík), The Great Escape (Brighton) and ESNS (Groningen),
HWCH is an event with a proven pedigree when it comes to showcasing new and exciting
The key difference is that international agents, festival bookers, record labels, publishers,
managers, event curators, journalists, editors, radio DJs and tastemakers come to HWCH
to find new Irish acts only.

How do I/we get to play it?
You can apply to play the festival by creating a profile on Breaking Tunes & applying
through your Dashboard. It’s all explained here

When do I need to apply by?
Applications will open on June 7th and close at midnight on July 6th .

Who selects the bands?
Our panel of 35 national and international judges who are hand picked from across the
global music industry. The judges include bookers from international showcases, labels,
media, publishers, agents, and many more. This year HWCH staff will also be on the
lookout for acts and will have input to the final line up.

How is it judged?
The judging criteria is split into 4 categories:
– Songwriting ability
– Quality of songs
– Quality of recording
– Gut feeling
Please bear all of this in mind and submit your best work to give yourself the best possible
chance of being selected. The highest rated bands from each judge go forward to make up
the final line-up.

When do I find out if I got selected or not?
If you’ve applied, you’ll get an email in mid-August to let you know if your application was
successful or not.

Any advice?
It may sound obvious when you read this but put your best foot forward to give yourself the
best possible chance.
Please make sure your Breaking Tunes profile is completely up to date, your biography is
short & to the point/interesting, your photos are of the highest possible quality/resolution & all your gigs are up to date. The judges will be reviewing your Breaking Tunes profile so it
is important that you present it to them at its very best. It is also important to demonstrate
how a slot at HWCH fits into your plan for 2018 and beyond.
Some tips for your Breaking Tunes profile:
– Think about the person who is hearing your music for the very first time, what song
would you like them to listen to first? Which tracks showcase you at your best?
Remember you can add 4 tracks to your Breaking Tunes profile so make sure these
are your 4 best tracks.
– How do you want your bio to read? Describe who you are and what you sound like.
Update your Sounds Like and Influences sections to reflect your music. Make
sure to add in some Irish acts here too as well as international.
– What achievements do you want to outline to the judges? If you’ve received acclaim from music bloggers and local/national/international media, let the judges know this
by including some quotes. Also, if you’ve received national radio airplay, let the
judges know this. Tell them how your music has been received.
– The judges want to know that you can play live. Include your recent live gigs and
update your gig listings to include any upcoming gigs. Add in live videos to
showcase what you sound like live.
– Include your music videos and most up to date press shots or photos from live gigs.
– Include your most up to date links for Facebook, Twitter, website, streaming platforms

If I don’t get accepted can you tell me why?
You can get in touch with us by ringing (First Music Contact) on 01 6750529 / 6750530 and
asking for feedback on your application. All of our judges are required to provide feedback
on the artists in their categories. The feedback will be constructive and will give you a
better chance of successfully applying in the future.

Is there a fee to apply?

When will the lineup be announced?
The lineup will be announced in August.

When will tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale in July.

When will the day-by-day schedule be announced?
The day-by-day schedule will be announced in early September.

What if I have more questions?
If your question has not been answered here, please email or call us on
01 6750529 / 6750530

How can I stay up to date with HWCH?
You can stay up to date with all our latest news on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
pages. You can also sign up for our newsletter.