Sep 292016
 

hwch social

Ireland’s Music Showcase & Convention

One Week To Go / HWCH & the City / MUDDY App

HWCH Festival tickets now on sale via Dice

Hard Working Class Heroes kicks off in a week with music showcases and the convention running from 6-8th October.

HWCH & The City is a free all-ages music trail across Dublin city over the three days. Featuring various artists from this year’s line-up, the trail takes in cafes, bookshops, tattoo palours and more during the day. Full schedule here:

http://hwch.net/index.php/andthecity/

MUDDY is the official app of HWCH 2016.  As previous HWCH tech alumni MUDDY will now be providing the official festival app for Hard Working Class Heroes 2016 with all the info you need. With MUDDY you can discover new artists, create a personalised schedule, get reminders of your favourite acts stage times, receive push notifications of updates during the festival and isten to your favourite artists through Spotify or Soundcloud. 

IOS link: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/muddy/id969792062?mt=8

Android link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.muddyapp

With over 100 bands playing this year, the full day by day schedule for the music showcases is available at: http://hwch.net/index.php/line-up-2016

HWCH Convention 2016 is the biggest gathering of Irish and international music makers and doers in the country this year, with speed sessions and workshops and conversations facilitating exchanges between artists and the music business taking place at the Chocolate Factory, Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1. Admission to all convention events is FREE. Info on delegates and schedule:

http://hwch.net/index.php/convention2016

Tickets on sale now via Dice

Weekend Tickets €45, Nightly Tickets €20, Individual Venue Tickets €10, except for Tengu and the Chocolate Factory which have two stages – €12.50.

Student tickets are available to purchase from the box office (Film Base, Curved St) on Thurs 6th Oct only, weekend ticket €25, bring photo ID

HWCH is supported by The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Failte Ireland/Tourism Ireland and IMRO.


For interviews and sessions with bands / interviews with HWCH CEO Angela Dorgan / photos please contact lizageddes@gmail.com / 01 6750529

Sep 142016
 

hwch social

 

Ireland’s Music Showcase & Convention

HWCH Convention Announcement

Thursday 6th | Friday 7th | Saturday 8th October – Dublin

ADMISSION FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

HWCH Festival tickets now on sale via Dice

Hard Working Class Heroes are delighted to announce details of HWCH Convention 2016 which will take place at the Chocolate Factory, Kings Inn Street, Dublin on October 6th, 7th and 8th.

Admission to all convention events is FREE.

HWCH Convention 2016 is Ireland’s music convention, the biggest gathering of Irish and international music makers and doers in the country this year, with 1,300 speed sessions and 22 workshops and conversations facilitating exchanges between artists and the music business.

HWCH Convention 2016 will have two tracks. The first will focus on discussions and conversations around such issues as changes in the industry, how artists and businesses are adapting to the new environment and, what has become a key and unique theme of late at the convention, what fans make of all this. The second track is three days of how-to workshops covering digital, social media, videos, visuals and much more.

International delegates at HWCH Convention 2016 include bookers, agents, press and radio from the US, UK and Europe who’ll join a huge number of Irish music industry professionals in discussions, debates and conversations over the weekend.

Speakers at HWCH Convention 2016 are as follows (Irish unless otherwise stated):

Adam Ryan New Music Promoter & Festival Programmer, The Great Escape – UK

Aisling O’Riordan Music Promoter, Southern Hospitality Board

Alan Cullivan College Principal, BIMM Dublin

Amanda Petrusich The New Yorker, Pitchfork, New York Times – US

Ben Ratliff New York Times and author of Every Song Ever – US

Bernie Divilly International Marketing Consultant

Brendan Canty Co-founder, Feel Good Lost

Bressie The Blizzards

Casper Mills SXSW – US

Cecile Communal ATC Live – UK

Chris Douridas KCRW, Los Angeles – US

Christian Tierney Video maker for James Bay, The Academic, Gavin James etc

Colm O’Sullivan Programme Director, Today FM

Conor Wilson Co-founder, Mother

David Henry Canadian Music Week – Canada

Dr. Niamh Nic Ghabhann University of Limerick

Elaine Joyce Social Strategy Director, CKSK

Eleanor McGuinness Pitch and Smith

Emily McBride Paste Magazine – US

Emmet Condon Homebeat

Eve Fairley-Chickwe Kobalt – UK

Fachtna O’Ceallaigh Manager, Hare Squead

Sallay Garnett Loah

Grimur Atlason Iceland Airwaves – Iceland

Gary Fortune MondoNYC – US

Harry Martin Director, Domino Records

Hazel Cills MTV News – US

Isla Angus Earth Agency – UK

James Byrne Manager, Girl Band

James Foley Spotify – UK

Jennifer Masset A2IM / Indie Week New York – US

Joe Clarke CWB

Josh Dalton Crack In the Road – UK

Ken Allen Manager, James Vincent McMorrow and Owner, Faction Records

Lauren Down Line OF Best Fit – UK

Lizzie Fitzpatrick Bitch Falcon

Margriet Colenbrander Eurosonic – Netherlands

Mark Meyer International Marketing, Play It Again Sam / Different Recordings – UK

Mark Gartenberg MG Limited – US

Matthew Covey Tamizdat – US

Michael Roe Manager, All Tvvins

MuRli Rusangano Family

Phil Udell State.ie / Wordup Music Collective

Rev Moose Marauder – US

Ronan Healy Catapult Events

Ruth Medjber Ruthless Imagery

Sarah Besnard Earth Agency – UK

Seamus Carroll RMG Digital

Sinead Troy Yangaroo / IASCA

Tracy Mann MG Limited – US

William Headlam-Wells Believe Recordings – UK

Wyvern Lingo

More industry names will take part in the Speed Sessions and their names will be available on hwch.net as they are confirmed. The full day by day schedule for HWCH Convention 2016 is now live at http://hwch.net/index.php/convention2016/

HWCH Convention 2016 is supported by The Arts Council, and made possible through grant aid from the “See Here” award at Culture Ireland

HWCH 2016 LINEUP & SCHEUDLE 2016

http://hwch.net/index.php/schedule/

Tickets on sale now via Dice

Catch 100 emerging acts in venues across the city and learn valuable tips from the leaders of the music industry.

Weekend Tickets €45, Nightly Tickets €20, Individual Venue Tickets €10.

Student tickets are available to purchase from the box office (Film Base, Curved St) on Thurs 6th Oct only, weekend ticket €25, bring photo ID


For interviews and sessions with bands / interviews with HWCH CEO Angela Dorgan / photos please contact lizageddes@gmail.com / 01 6750529

Sep 082016
 

hwch social

Ireland’s Music Showcase & Industry Convention

DAY BY DAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

CITY HALL VENUE ADDED

ICELANDIC BANDS JOIN THE LINE-UP

Thursday 6th | Friday 7th | Saturday 8th October – Dublin

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Hard Working Class Heroes are delighted to announce the day-by-day schedule for 6th, 7th and 8th October. All details are now live on http://hwch.net/index.php/schedule/.

HWCH 2016 will take you on a musical jaunt around Dublin City north and south dipping in and out of exciting spaces including creative hub Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn Street, and Japanese hidden gem Tengu. In addition the iconic City Hall will play host to a selection of stripped back performances from artists on the Friday and Saturday night of the festival. Presented in partnership with Dublin City Council, HWCH are excited to witness this historic venue meet the cutting edge of new Irish music. 

Kicking off a three-year project to build audiences between Ireland and Iceland, HWCH are delighted to welcome Wesen and aYia this year. Iceland Airwaves Festival booker Grimur Atlason will also be in attendance as part of our international industry delegation.

A number of 2016 highlights have already enjoyed national and international exposure. Loah, a self-described ‘artsoul’ singer of Sierra Leone and Irish heritage and former pharmacist from South Dublin, embraced her artistic calling during a sojourn in Brooklyn, where she easily fell in with the local music scene.   The amazing drummer and one-man-band experience Jeremy Hickey, known as R.S.A.G., is currently working on a new album with producers Leo Pearson (U2, Elvis Costello) and James Darkin (Kanye West, Rhianna).  Singer-songwriter Tara Lee, who recently signed a publishing deal with BMG/Chrysalis, is already known to international audiences for her supporting role on the Gillian Anderson TV series, The Fall. Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, Talos, Bitch Falcon and more played to packed tents over the weekend at Electric Picnic.

HWCH ’16 Venues | The Workman’s Club, Wigwam, The Chocolate Factory (Stage 1 & Stage 2) Tengu (Upstairs & Downstairs), The Hub @ Mezz and City Hall.

Tickets on sale now via Dice

Catch 100 emerging acts in venues across the city and learn valuable tips from the leaders of the music industry. Weekend Tickets €45, Nightly Tickets €20, Individual Venue Tickets €10.

Student tickets are available to purchase from the box office (Film Base, Curved St) on Thurs 6th Oct only, weekend ticket €25, bring photo ID

For both Irish and international music professionals and music fans, HWCH is an essential one-stop

shop for new Irish bands. See festival website http://hwch.net for updates on the weekend in the lead up to 6-8 October.

LINEUP 2016

A.S. Fanning / Adultrock / AikJ / Ailbhe Reddy / Alana Henderson / BARQ / Basciville / Beach / Birds of Olympus / Bitch Falcon / Black Wing Bird / BlueMusic / Brian Casey / Buffalo Woman / Callum Stewart / Chris Kabs / Clarence & The Winters / Comrade Hat / Cormac O Caoimh / Craig Gallagher / Cult Called Man / Dammy Ari / Damola / Daniel McDermott / Davina and the Messengers / ELE / Elephant / Ella Naseeb / Elm / Eoin Dolan / Erica-Cody / Evvol / Exiles / EXPLODING EYES / Fangclub / Fontaines / Galants / Ger Fox Sailing / HAIL THE GHOST / Half Of Me / handsome eric / Harbouring Oceans / HAWK / Hiva Oa / JAFARIS / Jealous of the Birds / Junk Drawer / Kid Karate / Le Boom / Loah / Maija Sofia / Maria Kelly / Miles Graham / moossmann / Naoise Roo / New Pope / New Portals / New Valley Wolves / Nocturnes / Oh Boland / Oh Joy / Orchid Collective / Paddy Dennehy & The Red Herring / PALE RIVERS / Participant / Patrick Freeman / Paul Creane / Peppy / Petty Youth / R.S.A.G. / Rocstrong / Rosie Carney / Rusangano Family / Samyel / SARAMAI / Search Party Animal / Slow Riot / Soule / Stephen Robinson / Strength / Super Silly / swords / Tablets / Talos / Tara Lee / Tebi Rex / The Blizzards / The Ocelots / The Shaker Hymn / Tiz McNamara / TOUTS / Train Room / Tuath / Video Blue / Vulpynes / Wake America / Wastefellow / We, the Oceanographers / whenyoung / Whim / WOLFF / Wyvern Lingo / Yonen / Young Earth


For more info, please contact lizageddes@gmail.com / 01 6750529

Aug 222016
 

hwch social

 

 

Ireland’s Music Showcase & Industry Convention

FESTIVAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

CONOR WALSH MEMORIAL BURSARY

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Thursday 6th | Friday 7th | Saturday 8th October – Dublin

Hard Working Class Heroes are delighted to announce the line-up for HWCH 2016.

HWCH made the annual call for bands to apply in June and were overwhelmed with the response. Close to 700 bands applied via First Music Contact’s platform Breaking Tunes and 100 bands were chosen independently by top Irish and international music industry professionals.

HWCH are also delighted to announce the inaugural Conor Walsh Memorial Bursary. In March 2016 an alumni and friend of the festival, Conor Walsh from Mayo, died suddenly. At HWCH this year we will ask all 100 bands participating to vote for the act who most embodies Conor’s talent and bravery among their number. That act will be awarded 2,500 toward a recording or tour bill.

The HWCH well-attended Industry Convention will continue it’s programme of events and activities for 2016 with conferences, mentor sessions, workshops and more. The convention is an opportunity for international delegates, Irish bands and domestic music industry professionals to meet face to face and make important first contacts. Agents, festival bookers, record labels, publishers, managers, event curators, journalists, editors, radio DJs and taste-makers have HWCH in their diaries because it’s an unique and eclectic snapshot of the current state of Irish music. All of this is possible due to valued support from The Arts Council and Culture Ireland,with added assistance from Failte Ireland/Tourism Ireland.

There are many reasons why Hard Working Class Heroes is regarded as one of Europe’s leading festivals for new music. Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best known acts including recent Ivor Novello winner Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier along with Girl Band, Delorentos, Fight Like Apes, Jape, Coronas, Pleasure Beach, Le Galaxie, The Strypes, Otherkin and many more.

Since the 2015 showcase, several Irish bands have made significant career progress, including Hare Squead, who are signed to Columbia and have released their first single, Saint Sister, who were added to BBC introducing Glastonbury line up and Rusangano Family who were hailed as the “new era in Irish hip hop” by US music tastemakers Pitchfork.

For both Irish and international music professionals and music fans, HWCH is an essential one-stop shop for new Irish bands.

LINEUP HWCH 2016

A.S. Fanning / Adultrock / AikJ / Ailbhe Reddy / Alana Henderson / BARQ / Basciville / Beach / Birds of Olympus / Bitch Falcon / Black Wing Bird / BlueMusic / Brian Casey / Buffalo Woman / Callum Stewart / Chris Kabs / Clarence & The Winters / Comrade Hat / Cormac O Caoimh / Craig Gallagher / Cult Called Man / Dammy Ari / Damola / Daniel McDermott / Davina and the Messengers / ELE / Elephant / Ella Naseeb / Elm / Eoin Dolan / Erica-Cody / Evvol / Exiles / EXPLODING EYES / Fangclub / Fontaines / Galants / Ger Fox Sailing / HAIL THE GHOST / Half Of Me / handsome eric / Harbouring Oceans / HAWK / Hiva Oa / JAFARIS / Jealous of the Birds / Junk Drawer / Kid Karate / Le Boom / Loah / Maija Sofia / Maria Kelly / Miles Graham / moossmann / Naoise Roo / New Pope / New Portals / New Valley Wolves / Nocturnes / Oh Boland / Oh Joy / Orchid Collective / Paddy Dennehy & The Red Herring / Paddy Mulcahy / PALE RIVERS / Participant / Patrick Freeman / Paul Creane / Peppy / Petty Youth / R.S.A.G. / Rocstrong / Rosie Carney / Rusangano Family / Samyel / SARAMAI / Search Party Animal / Slow Riot / Soule / Stephen Robinson / Strength / Super Silly / swords / Tablets / Talos / Tara Lee / Tebi Rex / The Blizzards / The Ocelots / The Shaker Hymn / Tiz McNamara / TOUTS / Train Room / Tuath / Video Blue / Vulpynes / Wake America / Wastefellow / We, the Oceanographers / whenyoung / Whim / WOLFF / Wyvern Lingo / Yonen / Young Earth

HWCH ’16 Venues | The Workman’s Club, Wigwam, The Chocolate Factory, Odessa, Tengu, The Mezz with more to be added soon.

Tickets on sale now via Dice

Catch 100 emerging acts in venues across the city and learn valuable tips from the leaders of the music industry and tech world.

Weekend Tickets €45.00, Nightly Tickets €20, Individual Venue Tickets €10

See festival website http://hwch.net for updates on the weekend in the lead up to 6-8 October.


For more info, please contact lizageddes@gmail.com / 01 6750529

Sep 302015
 

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It’s almost upon us! We’re counting down the days until Hard Working Class Heroes 2015. The festival takes place this Thursday 1, Friday 2, Saturday 3 October and is jammed packed with four exciting elements; HWCH Live, HWCH Tech, the HWCH Convention and HWCH And The City. Round up your mates, book your tickets and get ready to discover some amazing new Irish music in the heart of Dublin city centre!

HWCH Live

HWCH Live takes place in seven of Dublin’s best venues and features 103 of Ireland’s top new and emerging acts. There will be an epic 3,500 minutes of music across the seven HWCH venues: The Academy 1, The Academy Green Room, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, Hangar, Bad Bobs and The Grand Social.

Check out the full line-up :

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HWCH Convention

The HWCH convention takes place over two days in NDRC at the Digital Hub and is a fantastic networking opportunity for musicians or anyone else in the music business in Ireland. It features some of the best international and Irish figures in the industry from top companies such as Sony Music, Virgin, Warner UK,  Rough Trade & Universal Ireland. See the variety of panels and workshops on offer here.

HWCH And The City

HWCH And The City is a free music trail across Dublin city centre over the three days of the festival with all ages gigs in some of the best and most unique shops, restaurants and coffee shops. HWCH acts will bring Dublin alive with unplugged sets in a number of unconventional performance spaces and give a taster of what’s to come at the evening gigs. Map and schedule here.

HWCH Tech

Supporting some of the most innovative music tech companies in Ireland over the last three years, HWCH15 will showcase 5 new tech companies Firstage, Press Record, Muddy, Beatvyne & Cirquit. You can pop into our Box Office over the weekend where all companies will be available to give you a guided tour through their app.

Past tech ALUMNI include Soundwave, Whole World Band, Fan Footage, Gigstarter and more.

Now there’s only one thing left for you to do! Buy a ticket. http://hwch.net/index.php/tickets/

Three-day tickets cost €45 + fees while day tickets cost €20 + fees. Buy your tickets online here. Students can buy weekend tickets at our Box Office for a discounted rate (€25 + fees)

Stay up to date with HWCH as it happens:

Twitter: @hwchfestival + #HWCH15
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hardworkingclassheroes

Sep 102015
 

Hard Working Class Heroes is looking for an intern to work on content, social media and marketing in the lead-up to, and during, this year’s music and music technology showcase and convention, which takes place 1-3 October 2015 in venues across Dublin.

The ideal person will have a passion for, and knowledge of, Irish music and an interest in helping to create compelling content about this year’s event and the artists featured in it.

The successful candidate will gain experience working with an exciting, established and well regarded national event while working in a dynamic and collaborative team.

We’re looking for a highly motivated, creative and conscientious individual who enjoys making good content. They must know their way around the main social media/communication tools including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp. Experience with photo editing software, and shooting and editing videos a bonus.

Please mail us:

A short CV
Two or three samples of writing
A list of your favorite three Irish acts right now
Email  press@firstmusiccontact.com by Monday, September 14th 5pm

Sep 292014
 

 

Student-HWCH-promo-slide.001We’re counting down the days until Hard Working Class Heroes 2014! The festival takes place this Thursday 2, Friday 3, Saturday 4 October and is jammed packed with four exciting elements; HWCH Live, HWCH Digital, the HWCH Convention and HWCH And The City. Round up your mates, book your tickets and get ready to discover some amazing new Irish music in the heart of Dublin city centre!

1. HWCH Live

HWCH Live takes place in seven of Dublin’s best venues and features 104 of Ireland’s top new and emerging acts. Selected by Irish and international music industry judges these acts will be joined by our Heroes, very special guests, Fight Like Apes, Ham Sandwich and Soak. There will be an epic 3,500 minutes of music across the seven HWCH venues: Meeting House Square, The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs and The Grand Social.

Listen to our HWCH ’14 Soundcloud playlist here to help you decide which bands you want to catch live!

Check out the full line-up :

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2. HWCH Convention

The HWCH convention takes place over two days in NDRC at the Digital Hub and is a fantastic networking opportunity for musicians or anyone else in the music business in Ireland. It features some of the best international and Irish figures in the industry from top companies such as Sony Music, Domino and Universal Ireland. See the variety of panels and workshops on offer here.

3. HWCH And The City

HWCH And The City is a free music trail across Dublin city centre over the three days of the festival with all ages gigs in some of the best and most unique shops, restaurants and coffee shops. HWCH acts will bring Dublin alive with unplugged sets in a number of unconventional performance spaces and give a taster of what’s to come at the evening gigs. Map and schedule here.

4. HWCH Digital

HWCH Digital takes place on the Thursday of the festival in NDRC in the Digital Hub with ten technology  startups pitching to industry and press as well as collaborating with bands around product testing. This is the second year of HWCH Digital and its 2014 selection features startups as diverse as Gigstarter, Inflyte and VisiLit.

Now there’s only one thing left for you to do! Buy a ticket. 

Three-day tickets cost €45 + fees while day tickets cost €20 + fees. Buy your tickets online here. Students can check out our special ticket offer

Stay up to date with HWCH as it happens:

Twitter: @hwchfestival + #hwch14 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hardworkingclassheroes

Sep 232014
 

Student-HWCH-promo-slide.001HWCH 2014, supported by HMV, is delighted to announce a special €25 student weekend ticket for this year’s festival taking place 2-4 October 2014 in Dublin city centre.

The special student weekend pass is available ONLY on Thursday from the festival box office located in Filmbase, which is open between 10am-10pm.

Students can avail of the special ticket once they present a valid student ID. The weekend student ticket gives access to the 104 bands plus the three heroes, Fight Like Apes, HamsandwicH and Soak.

HWCH takes place Thursday 2 October, Friday 3 October and Saturday 4 October in Meeting House square, The Button Factory, The Workman’s Club, The Grand Social, The Mercantile, Bad Bobs and The Twisted Pepper.

See the most exciting new Irish acts in small intimate venues across Dublin. Previous acts to have played HWCH include: Hozier, Villagers, Delorentos, The Strypes, We Cut Corners and The Coronas.

Special Student Weekend Pass
Price: €25

Buy them @ Box Office, Filmbase (Thursday ONLY)

The 2014 Hard Working Class Heroes Line-up in full:

A Lazarus Soul / Acrobat / Affleck / Arborist / Atriums / Benihana / Benny smiles / Brian Casey / Buffalo Sunn / Buffalo Woman / Carriages / Carried By Waves / Cfit / Ciaran Lavery / Cloud Castle Lake / Clu / Codai / Color // Sound / Columbia Mills / Conor Walsh / Contour / Deaf Joe / Dear Desert / Death In The Sickroom / Dogs / Dott / DVO Marvell / Eamon bode / Elaine Mai / Elastic Sleep / Elephant / Eoin Dolan / Fallen Rule / Floor Staff / Florence Olivier / Frankenstein Bolts / Galants / Ghost Estates / God Knows + mynameisjOhn / Grim / Hags / Hare Squead / Hauer / Hawk / His New Atlas / Hugh Hick / I have a tribe / I’m Your Vinyl / Imploded View / Jet Setter / Kobina / Kormac / Leanne Harte / little xs for eyes / Liza Flume / Low Sea / Maija Sofia / Maud in Cahoots / Me & My Dog / Me Auld Flower / Meltybrains? / Mere Moths / MKAI / moossmann  / Myles Manley / Neon Atlas / Old Hannah / Otherkin / Paddy Hanna / Participant / Planet Parade / Princess / Red Queen Contest / Replete / Satori Je / Silences / Sisters / Sleep Mc Evox / Somerville / Spies / Subplots / Tell No Foxx / The Academic / The Bedroom / The Black Sea Fleet / The Boxing Plot / The Clameens / The Hard Ground / The Late David Turpin / The Loafing Heroes / The Magpies / The Pale / The Run Ons / The Shaker Hymn / The Statics / The Vincent(s) / Tino Ras / Val Normal / Vann Music / Voids / Walpurgis Family / Wild Promises / Yes Cadets. Heroes: Fight Like Apes / HamsandwichH / Soak

Sep 192014
 

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In case you missed it earlier this week, we announced three of Ireland’s most energetic, enthralling and stirring live acts, Fight Like Apes, HamsandwicH and Soak as this year’s Heroes.

The three acts will play Meeting House Square with Soak playing Thursday, 2 October, HamsandwicH playing Friday, 3 October, and Fight Like Apes playing Saturday, 4 October.

1. Soak

Thursday 2 October – 11pm – Meeting House Square

Described by The Guardian as ‘a bit like a young Paul Brady if he were singing Joni Mitchell or reading aloud the diary of Anne Frank’, 18-year-old Derry singer-songwriter Soak signed to Rough Trade this year and has just released her new single ‘B A noBody’ ahead of her first and eagerly anticipated headline tour of the UK and Ireland.

2. HamsandwicH

Friday 3 October – 11.10pm – Meeting House Square

Known for their incendiary live performances Meath band HamsandwicH juxtaposes the powerful yet sweet vocals of lead singer Niamh Farrell with the baritone voice and energetic stage antics of Podge McNamee. The band who played HWCH in 2006 have subsequently played top festivals across Europe including Glastonbury and Benicassim. In April, the quintet released ‘Illuminate’, the first single off their forthcoming album, which is due in autumn.

3. Fight Like Apes

Saturday 4 October – 11.10pm – Meeting House Square

HWCH alums of 2007, Fight Like Apes, fronted by the mesmerising MayKay, are known for their powerful and confrontational live shows. Perfectors of the raucous three-minute pop song bubbling over with pop-culture references, they have gone on to huge success releasing their new EP Whigfield Sextape this summer.

There are only two weeks to go, tickets to see our special Heroes Fight Like Apes, HamsandwicH and Soak together with 104 of Ireland’s best new and emerging acts can be purchased now from www.Entertainment.ie/hwch14weekend tickets cost €45 + fees (3,500 minutes of music across three days) or €20 + fees for a day ticket.