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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, 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

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: (link back to artists apply here)

When do I Need to apply by?

Applications opened on June 20th & are closed on July 14th

Who picks the bands?

There is a panel of 35 national and international judges hand picked from the music industry some from Ireland and most from around the world. The judges include bookers from international showcases, labels, media,publishers agents and many many more

This year HWCH staff will also be on the lookout for acts and will have input to final line up numbers.

How is it judged?

The Judging criteria is split into 4 categories, Songwriting ability, Quality of Songs, Quality of Recording & Gut Feeling. Bear this in mind & submit your best work to give yourself the best possible chance of being accepted. The highest rated bands from each judge go forward to make up the final line-up

When do I find out if I got accepted or not?

If you’ve applied you’ll get an email 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, give yourself the best possible chance. If you were hearing your band for the first time what song would you put first? Would you like to read a biography that outlines your life story or one that’s short & creates intrigue?

This year, less bands will be selected so if you have a plan for you band, demonstrate where HWCH falls in that plan.

So bearing these questions in mind 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.

Then go here & apply for Hard Working Class Heroes 2017.

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 & asking for feedback on your particular application. All of our judges are required to provide feedback on the artists in their categories. It will be constructive & give you a better chance of successfully applying in the future.

What if I have any more questions?

If your question has not been answered here, email us at admin @ hwch.net or call us in the office (First Music Contact) on 01 6750529 / 6750530

Is there a fee to apply?