About - Hard Working Class Heroes
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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?
Applications to perform at Hard Working Class Heroes 2018 are now closed

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
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.

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.

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 admin@hwch.net or call us on
01 6750529 / 6750530

How can I stay up to date with HWCH?
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pages. You can also sign up for our newsletter.