Sep 102014


Wish you could be among the limited few to see Hozier perform a spine tingling set at the Button Factory? Unfortunately you’re a year too late but that’s what people who went to last year’s Hard Working Class Heroes saw – a full 11 months before he performed at a packed out Electric Picnic main stage.

This year Hard Working Class Heroes will feature 104 acts many of whom everyone will be hearing about a year from now! The festival takes place 2-4 October over seven venues in Dublin city. Get either a weekend or day ticket and hear the best new and emerging Irish acts play an intimate gig at HWCH first before they go on to sell out major arenas!

Hard Working Class Heroes’ Gemma Dennison looks back at line-ups from previous years and found 10 of the biggest acts that have played HWCH before going on to achieve huge success in Ireland and abroad:

1. The Strypes

The Strypes were on the HWCH line-up in 2012 and have gone from strength to strength ever since. It was at their HWCH Meeting House Square gig that the band’s booking agent decided to sign them. The incredibly talented four-piece have brought their 60s inspired rock sound to the US where they performed on the Letterman Show and have played Glastonbury and V Festival 2014. With infectiously catchy tunes like ‘Blue Collar Jane’ and ‘You can’t judge a book by the cover’, 2015 is shaping quite nicely for these young lads from Cavan!

2. Hozier

Ireland’s biggest breakthrough act of 2013 was undoubtedly Hozier. The Bray-born musician has come a long way since playing HWCH in the Button Factory last year to gathering the biggest main stage crowd at this year’s Electric Picnic. The newcomer has exploded onto the music scene with powerful hits ‘Take Me to Church’, ‘From Eden’ and ‘Sedated’. With a UK and European tour lined up for November and the highly anticipated release of his debut solo album ‘Hozier‘ in October, it’s looking like 2015 will be an even bigger year for the soulful singer-songwriter. 

3. And So I Watch You From Afar 


Belfast-based And So I Watch You From Afar played HWCH 2009. Since then the band has toured extensively worldwide, playing to audiences in North America, Europe, China, India, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus as well as playing the lead support slot for Nine Inch Nails at Belsonic. The instrumental post rock band have been nominated twice for the prestigious Choice Music Prize with the first nomination for Gangs in 2012 and the second in 2014 for All Hail Bright Futures, which was released by LA-based label Sargent House.

4. Villagers

Conor O’Brien first played HWCH in 2006 fronting The Immediate before returning as a HWCH Hero with Villagers in 2009. The five piece have enjoyed huge success over the past few years signing with Domino Records and releasing two Mercury Prize-nominated albums ‘Becoming a Jackal’ and ‘Awayland’. Villagers have performed at many top music festivals and have toured with the likes of Grizzly Bear, Tracy Chapman, Bell X1 and Elbow. 

5. We Cut Corners

HWCH 2012 duo We Cut Corners have been making waves across the festival circuit this year with top performances at Sea Session Surf & Music Festival, Longitude and Electric Picnic and have also played a recent date at the Camden Barfly in London. The dynamic guitarist and drummer have just released their latest album ‘Think Nothing’ and are about to embark on an exciting six-date Irish tour in October.

6. The Coronas

The Coronas

The Coronas have received great international success since the release of their super catchy, chart topper ‘San Diego Song’ from their 2007 debut album ‘Heroes or Ghosts’. The four-piece who earlier this summer signed a major deal with Island Records have been busy in the studio ahead of their fourth studio album, which is due for release this month. 

7. Delorentos


Dublin’s  Delorentos regularly described as one of Ireland’s most creative alternative rock bands played HWCH in 2006. The four-piece recently signed a major deal with Universal Worldwide. They have just released a new single ‘Show me Love’ and are about to embark on a 12-date ‘Night becomes light tour’ kicking off in Cork on October 24th. As well as having released three critically acclaimed albums, Delorentos have always been one of the best touring bands and have played extensively in Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America. They’ve also played support to music legends like Bruce Springsteen.

8. Ham Sandwich

Also alums of HWCH 2006 indie six-piece Ham Sandwich have solidified themselves as one of the most enthralling live acts on the Irish music scene. Past festival appearances include Glastonbury and Benicassim. The band are expected to release a new album this autumn following the release of new single ‘Illuminate’ earlier this year.

9. Fight like Apes

Alt-rock group Fight Like Apes or “FLApes” as they are casually known to their fans were founded in Dublin in 2006 and went on to play HWCH a year later in 2007. Following a number of contemporary records, the band have recently released their new EP ‘The Whigfield Sextape’ on UK indie-label Alcopop  featuring four fantastic tracks which could well be a precursor of their third album in October. Onwards and upwards for FLA!

10. The Minutes

The Minutes

Dublin’s finest rock ‘n’ roll trio The Minutes have enjoyed a whirlwind of success since forming in 2006. Most recently they headlined the Rankin Wood stage at Electric Picnic and they have just announced an October date in Whelans. Expect to hear tunes from their brand new album ‘Live Well, Change Often’ and some classics from their 2011 debut album ‘Marcata’ recorded in New York. Since playing HWCH in 2007 and 2008 the band have toured extensively in Ireland and the UK with the likes of Albert Hammond Jnr, The Strokes, The Pigeon Detectives, Supergrass and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  

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 here

Sep 022014



Hard Working Class Heroes 2014, supported by HMV, is delighted to announce the day-by-day breakdown for this year’s festival with 104 bands playing seven venues – that’s almost 3,500 minutes of music across three days!

Today, we’ve released the full day-by-day breakdown, which you can see here, showing where all the acts are playing over the course of the three days.

The music venues are: The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social and Meeting House Square.

The 104 acts playing this year’s showcase festival were selected by a judging panel of Irish and international music industry professionals from over 500 applications. They will be joined by our three Heroes, alumni of previous HWCH festivals, who will headline the Meeting House Square stage. These three acts will be announced 19 September.

Alongside the music there’s a lot happening at this year’s HMV-supported HWCH festival and showcase from panel sessions, workshops and tech companies pitching at the convention taking place at the NDRC, Crane Street, to the charity five-a-side football tournament on Sunday in the Phoenix Park and the HMV pop-up shops helping HWCH’s bid to get more Irish-created music in the Irish music charts than ever before.

In case you missed it, we announced the music line-up and tech companies participating in this year’s event last month, full details of these can also be found here.

Weekend tickets are €45 + booking fees, which gets you entry into all of the venues as well as the three days of the convention. That’s nearly 60 hours of incredible new music for less than 75 cents an hour. Day tickets are also available at €20 per day + booking fees, these give you access to the 7 venues in the evening and the convention during the day.

Tickets are available now on

Aug 202014


Gigstarter reduces the risk for acts and gives fans a say in where a gig takes place. On Gigstarter, acts share when they’d like to tour, fans pledge to buy tickets saying where they’d like that act to play and once the acts confirm the date the pledgers credit cards are charged and the gig is on. More at:

Inflyte offers a mobile solution for music promotional campaigns. Record labels, PR companies and publishers can upload press releases, artwork and audio files to an app and invite tastemakers to receive these updates either in the app or through pop-up notifications. More at:

Rehearsal 365
Finding rehearsal space is a common problem for bands and one that Rehearsal365 is trying to solve with a new centralised site that allows rehearsal studios to advertise availability and enables bands to book rooms. More at:

Emeraz offers artists customizable websites that are connected to a worldwide music network. Each website stands alone but as a group they come together to create a stronger network. More at:

Producing an event is challenging especially when there are a number of stakeholders involved. VisiLit helps to keep everyone in the loop with its Virtual Venue event design and production software. It brings everything together in a 3D virtual environment so that all involved can collaborate ensuring that a shared vision is built. More at:

Making it easier for fans and unsigned bands to connect, Grapevyne leverages a rewards structure to encourage fans to discover new artists.

ProTunes links music and media professionals looking for music to use in their productions to those creating it. It uses search technologies to filter its database of music from production libraries, labels and independent artists. More at:

Fanpic creates a multi-million-pixel photo of a crowd attending an event, which fans can tag themselves in and share with friends so they can go beyond just saying ‘I was there’. FanPic provides branding and data capture opportunities, it also enables organisers to run competitions or treasure hunts after the event. More at:

Cirquit is a mobile and desktop platform that connects promoters who want to let people know their event is on with an audience on the lookout for something to do. Cirquit combines traditional outdoor advertising, like billboards, with with cutting-edge technology to deliver a unique user experience.

No-fi Collective
No-fi Collective is creating an online social environment where original content provided by users can be treated as a valuable commodity. Through incentivisation it is aiming to encourage the promotion and patronage of art, culture, expression and interests.

Hard Working Class Heroes takes place 2-4 October. HWCH Digital and Convention will be located in the NDRC.  

Tickets for HWCH can be purchased here. Follow the event at #HWCH14. 

Aug 132014


We’re excited to announce the Hard Working Class Heroes line-up for 2014. More than 500 bands applied to be part of the showcase and festival this year and we’ve selected the top 104 who will play across seven Dublin venues between 2-4 October. Here’s the A-Y!


A Lazarus Soul
A Lazarus Soul will release their fourth album and “state of the nation address”, Last of the Analogue Age in September. Recorded by Joe Chester and also features a track co-produced by the legendary Lee Scratch Perry. They debuted the Midday Class, in the Abbey Theatre this year, to a rapturous reception. Find out more on

a lazarus soul

Acrobat is a Dublin-based band formed in 2013. Their debut EP “Follow You Down” was recorded by Rob Kirwan (Hozier, Delorentos) and released in April. To date, they have supported a stellar array of international talent including Bastille and Miles Kane. Their second EP “Flux” is due in September. Find out more on

Affleck are Aidan, Clark, James and Steven. They play violin, guitar, bass, drums and whatever electronic synths they can find. After tasting success in other musical projects the four members have joined forces to make the music they want to make and feel excited about making. Find out more on

Based out of Belfast and surrounded by a band of well-travelled musicians, Arborist’s music is measured and mature while remaining starkly modern. Centred around McCambridge’s soaring vocal and unique lyrical style, it speaks of bleak truths (Cohen, Callahan, Molina) but delivers them with an assured soulfulness (Sam Cooke, Al Green). Find out more on

Atriums is the moniker of musician Gavin Farrell. Farrell was known as the singer and multi-instrumentalist of Dublin indie outfit Pilotlight. This is his solo endeavour. Find out more on


Benihana is an ambient electronic duo from County Kildare consisting of Will Molloy and Billy Archbold. Find out more on


Benny Smiles
Benny Smiles released his debut EP “Sunshine/Moonlight” in 2012. The first single “Moonlight (feat Niamh Farrell)” earned critical acclaim and kickstarted his career as a producer and performer. Tipped HOT for 2013 by Hotpress, Benny released his second single “”Somehow Yours Do”” to a warm international reception. Find out more on

Brian Casey
Brian casey is a Cork songwriter influenced equally by contemporary artists like Elliott Smith, Laura Marling, Damien Rice and Feist as he is by the beatles and folk/blues giants of the 1950’s and 1960’s. His songs transform these influences into dynamic stories fueled by his own personality and circumstances. Find out more on

Buffalo Sunn
Buffalo Sunn are a six piece cosmic rock n’ roll band from Dublin. They were known as Sweet Jane until October 2013. Find out more on

Buffalo Woman
Buffalo Woman are an electronic pop dynamic duo made up of Tim O’Donovan (Neosupervital, Bellx1) and Neil Watkins (Year of Magical Wanking, Savage Eye). Mentored by acclaimed songwriter Sean “Dr” Millar, Buffalo Woman have been bringing the party all Summer, most notably at Drop Everything and Body and Soul festivals. Find out more on


Carriages are Harry Bookless and Aaron Page. Formed in 2012 as a recording project, Carriages use field recordings, captured in and around Dublin city to create a backdrop for their songs to attempt to create a warmth and familiarity in their music that wouldn’t be possible using traditional samples. Find out more on

Carried By Waves
‘Carried By Waves’ is an experimental, organic/electro project which began in 2011. The debut album “Softly Held Together” received national and international acclaim and considerable radio play (see full bio link). The latter exposure has lead to various high profile gigs and a growing fanbase. Find out more on

Carried By Waves

Cfit began in bedrooms, as a side project evolved into a lush collection of woozy, bruised, melancholy anthems. Debuting at Electric Picnic, Cfit have expanded to a five-piece to fully capture their recorded sound, and followed their debut album Triage with an acclaimed EP, Morning Bruise. Find out more on

Ciaran Lavery
Hailing from the small Northern Irish village of Aghagallon, population 824, alt-folk troubadour Ciaran Lavery has found a way to channel the quiet despair of isolation into timeless songs of beauty and heartache. Find out more on

Cloud Castle Lake
Cloud Castle Lake are a three-piece band based in Dublin, Ireland. The band consists of Daniel McAuley, Brendan Jenkinson and Rory O’Connor and often features additional collaborative musicians. Find out more on

Inspired by 1980’s science fiction films, contemporary dance and 8bit computer games, Clu was originally created by Sean and Kevin as a way to play music and vj to their friends in Nightclubs around Dublin. Clu has since progressed into experimenting with short film, art installations and mixes for meditation. Find out more on

An up and coming Dj who started out producing at the ripe age of 8 years old, fresh on the Irish music scene, watch this space for a good deep bassline mixed with an Irish Hidden recipe to make the dancefloors bounce. Find out more on

Color // Sound
With influences ranging from Elliott Smith to Explosions In The Sky, this band draw inspiration from all genres and combines them, creating their own explosive sound. After a year of extensive gigging alongside Cathy Davey, Villagers, Little Matador and Turn, Color//Sound’s debut single ‘To The Countryside’ dropped in June. Find out more on


Columbia Mills
Imagine the Jesus and Mary chain making a’ screamadelia’ and ur close. Lyrically, subjects touch on Urban decay, self destruction and falling in love with the wrong people. Listen up. Your going to fall hard for this band. Find out more on

Conor Walsh
Conor is a minimalist piano and electro acoustic composer from County Mayo. He began composing as a teenager, writing short piano pieces on an old piano that sits in the reception room of a hundred year old hotel. Conor’s work is dramatically stark yet soothing, melancholy yet hopeful. Find out more on

Conan Wynne and Anna Doran are Contour, an electronic duo from Dublin. The band have been making passionate, twisted, robotic soul music since 2013. Contour refuse to be defined by genre, instead focussing on creating a playfully aggressive sound- track to compliment every oscillation of your beautifully chaotic life.  Find out more on


Deaf Joe
Deaf Joe is an immersive storyteller, hiding in the space between music and noise. His second full-length album ‘From The Heights Of A Dream’ is a psychedelic listen, the waking dream of someone lost in relentless noise; it was released in conjunction with a book earlier this year. Find out more on

Deaf Joe

Dear Desert
Mixing driving rhythms, expansive synths and emotive pop melodies, Dear Desert create an atmosphere of brewing tension and hopeful longing. Formed in 2013 the Dublin based trio came together through a shared musical interest in soulful, emotive pop. The band honed their sound through a series of low-fi home recordings. Find out more on

Death In The Sickroom
Death In The Sickroom are a four-piece band from Dublin who play a superb brand of 12 string jangle pop. Their debut single Tonight, will be released on 4th July 2014. It’s the lead track from their forthcoming Brick To The Face EP. Find out more on

DOGS are a guitar/electronic four-piece from Dublin, formed in 2011. The band has played Whelan’s “Ones to Watch”, Camden Crawl, Castlepalooza, Indiependence and HWCH in previous years. Noted as “instantly impressive” by, a “must see” by GoldenPlec and a “pulsating slice of synth rock” by Nialler9. Find out more on

Dott are from Galway, Ireland and play shiny, harmony-driven guitar pop. They recently returned from their first US tour which took in the West Coast, SXSW and NYC and their spiritual home is Graveface Records USA. Find out more on

DVO Marvell
DVOMarvell, up and coming rapper/songwriter from Dublin, mainly known for opening up for Lil wayne at the O2 Arena in Dublin. The band consists of a drummer (Paddy), bass guitarist (Sammy), Electric guitarist (Sam), Shekinah on keys, MC (Wilson) & backup singer (Simone). The band are known as DublinsVeryOwnPeople (DVOP). Find out more on

DVO Marvell


Eamon bode
Eamon Bode is an up and coming musician from Dublin who released his 2nd EP ‘Wolf’ in April 2014. He has been getting some airplay on RTE 2fm, 98fm, 8radio and TX105.2fm and was selected to showcase emerging Irish talent at the 2014 Youbloom festival. Find out more on

Elaine Mai
There has been a steady, perceptible shift in Elaine Mai’s style, with a new focus on beats and the dancefloor. ‘Known/Unknown’ and her ever growing catalogue of remixes showcase her ongoing evolution, which maintains the same beautiful attention to melody that has made her stand out as a performer. Find out more on

Elastic Sleep
From out of the ether and into the ethereal,  Elastic Sleep formed in July of 2013 and to date released 2 singles, ‘Anywhere’ and their own haunting interpretation of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ as well releasing their self produced  debut EP ‘Leave You’ on 10″ ” white vinyl. Find out more on

Elephant offers an intriguing live show with intimate acoustic guitars and subtly looped layers wandering from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say… Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom. Find out more on


Eoin Dolan

Galway native Eoin Dolan blends the sound of an endless summer with all things nostalgic to create a repertoire of seaside pop melodies. His music is sweet, soulful, and melancholic. Debut E.P out September 2014. Find out more on


Fallen Rule
Four piece rock band from Dublin led by Scott Glennon with Gary Earle and Neil Daly. Debut album was launched to a sell-out crowd in Dublin, produced  by Grammy award winning Fernando Lodeiro, reached No.1 on college radio and was named Album of the Week by Dan Hegarty. Find out more on

Floor Staff
Floor Staff is the alternative pop project of song writer Anthony Donnelly from Dublin. This summer will include a new EP release accompanied by a Music video and a launch gig to be announced. Find out more on

Florence Olivier
Named for the inventor of the modern synthesizer (and sister of the famed actor), Florence Olivier is an electro-pop band formed in 2014 by three Dublin musicians (and bandmates in Clockwork Noise) determined to channel the illustrious Ms Olivier into short pop-filled bursts. Find out more on

Frankenstein Bolts
Frankenstein Bolts is the moniker of Wexford songwriter and recording artist Justin Cullen.  Frankenstein Bolts plays melodic pop/folk songs drenched in lush synths and breathy vocals. He has just released his first album “Slow Season”. Find out more on


A three-piece noise pop band formed in Dublin in 2013, harbouring a mutual appreciation of jangly guitars fed through layers of distortion akin to Ride, Teenage Fanclub, Pale Saints and Dinosaur Jr. Forthcoming debut EP to be recorded this August in Darklands Studio with Dan Doherty of Ghost Estates. Find out more on


Ghost Estates
Ghost Estates are a four piece hailing from the north side of Dublin city. The band has gone through major changes since the release of their 2012 critically acclaimed debut album the self titled ‘Ghost Estates’. Find out more on

God Knows + mynameisjohn
Based in the West of Ireland, God Knows + mynameisjOhn are an MC/DJ duo paving their own road.    Releasing their album ‘Rusangano / Family’ in May, the duo recently played a number of high profile shows, including support slots to Snoop Dogg and performing on Body & Soul main stage. Find out more on

Creative/professional dalliances, both on stage and in the studio, with Tom Middleton and the Neil Cowley Trio. Have been featured on Other Voices, and one of Daily Mirror’s ‘ones to watch for 2014′. Find out more on


Hags create power pop with an abrasive, aggresive edge. In May 2014 Hags released their first single, “Leave” is a 3 minute blast of squalling guitars and and pop hooks. Hags will be releasing another single and playing extensively across the country in 2014 with an EP due in 2015. Find out more on

Hare Squead
HS are just a bunch of kids having fun but also 18 year old musicians, poets, and artists. They don’t use profanity, but this is an artistic choice as opposed to anything resembling prudishness. They would rather be known as wordsmiths than goldsmiths and FOR zingers rather than AS blinge. Find out more on

Hare Squead

Haüer is a Dublin-based one man set-up cursed with a weakness for nostalgic 80’s music production and synth-based cinematic film scores. His debut EP ‘The Infinitesimal’ was released last summer by American label ‘Future City Records’ and he has supported the likes of Com Truise & Trus. Find out more on

We are an alternative band from Galway, Cork and London. Over the last 9 months, we’ve released an EP and a double A side which were picked up by Steve Lamacq (BBC6 music), John Kennedy (XFM) and Tom Robinson (BBC Introducing), with live sessions on Today FM. Find out more on

His New Atlas
His New Atlas (Eoghan O’Hagan) has now played 200+ shows all over Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the North West of England. His New Atlas has recorded and toured 3 EPs. His New Atlas’ live performances have a soulfully appealing mass of power leaving the room silent and entranced. Find out more on

Hugh Hick
Dealing with themes varying from politics to narcissism, and blending the melodic darkness of Nick Cave with the brashness of Ton Waits, Hugh Hick And The Priory have been featured on 2XM and Dublin City FM. They are currently working towards their debut EP to be released later this year. Find out more on


I have a tribe
Patrick O’Laoghaire aka I Have A Tribe, has had a busy last 12 months recording his debut EP with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi) and Conor O’Brien of Villagers, touring Europe with Anna Calvi, opening for Villagers’ Irish homecoming show and performing at The Great Escape, Electric Picnic and CMJ in New York. I Have A Tribe’s blend of plaintive pop and folk-tinged melancholia has never been more evident than on the spellbinding ‘Monsoon’ and the lead track from the EP ‘Yellow Raincoats’ released in May 2014. Find out more on

I’m Your Vinyl
I’m Your Vinyl is vocalist/guitarist Dana Donnelly and multi instrumentalist Ken Mc Hugh. Together they write bright, uplifting, melodically beautiful songs that showcase their love of rich cinematic overtones coupled with hypnotic and seductive beats. Find out more on

I'm Your Vinyl

Imploded View
Imploded View is an electronic act from Longford, with several releases under his belt. Self released second album Anomaly Domine was very well received last year. This years remix EP Mixed View featuring R.S.A.G. & Daithi from Ireland, and international acts VHS Head, Christ. and Yimino. Find out more on


Jet Setter
Jet Setter started in a record shop listening to Rock and Roll.  This summer they released their debut single, Not Yet, on 7″ with Any Other City, supported Real Estate, and played their first London show.  Loud guitars, catchy songs, and confessional lyrics. Find out more on


Kobina is Dublin based producer Sean Arthur. “Ahome” was his first official release of chilled, two-step indebted tracks that aim to capture the sway of RnB. The is theme music for the after-hours of clubs and the hazed walk home. Find out more on

Kormac’s Big Band are a 10-piece orchestra formed to perform Kormac’s tracks live combining turntables, drums, double bass, vocals, trumpet, trombone, tuba, guitars and live visuals. After their performance at Annie Mac’s AMP night she described it “the most bizarre setup I’ve ever seen, but it really works.” Find out more on


little Xs for eyes
Pop group that creates paeans to atmospheric conditions, tragic heroes, failed loves & (disappointingly) inaccurate seasons, taking place on empty dancefloors, trains, wrestling-rings, boats and the long walk home. Summer Stay, the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album was one of Nialler9’s Songs of 2013. (Went on a live break while writing and recording recently. Find out more on

Little xs for eyes

Liza Flume
Liza Flume, Australian born, Dublin based artist has been rattling the Irish music circuit for the last year with her highly moving live show. Joined on stage by Brian Dillion, Liza’s heartfelt lyrics are accompanied by melodic instrumentation and minimal electronica. Find out more on

Low Sea
Low Sea’s music is insular euphoria, one born out of 4AM cigarettes, nostalgia for the future and a melancholic happiness – synth pop of a very European nature, shot through with a bolt of blue. Find out more on


Maija Sofia
Maija Sofia is a singer/songwriter based in Galway. She has been described as ‘luxurious, ethereal and unexpectedly dark.’ When performing she plays raw guitar, delicate harp, and blends it all with her soft vocals. She has been likened to PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Mazzy Star. Find out more on

Maud in Cahoots
Combining luscious chamber-pop arrangements with melancholy melodies worthy of the most lovelorn of Scandinavian chanteuses, Maud in Cahoots occupy a point on the alternative music epicentre. Find out more on

Me & My Dog
Influenced chaps like The Feelies, Stephen Malkmus, The Clean, and Television, Me and My Dog attempt to create the kind of good vibes and fuzzy pop to soundtrack long drives along coastal roads in search of glorious action packed summer days that invariably just end in cans by the canal. Find out more on

Me & My Dog

Me Auld Flower
Me Auld Flowers is a musical project of Brian Nally, previously of Mrs Healy’s First Class Choir, Beyond Olden Acre and The Followers of Otis. Find out more on

Meltybrains? are a five-piece experimental, electronic band, based in Dublin. We have been noted for our high-intensity performances as well as for our rapport with our fanbase. We are a highly ambitious group and are driven by our love of music, art and the world of performance. Find out more on

Mere Moths
I released my EP this year which has been recieved well by local reviewers and had radio play on Radio Ulster among others. I also earned a showcase slot at Belnash , had the official launch of his EP performing ‘you grew up’ at the Oh Yeah center, Belfast. Find out more on

MKAI began as a duo of Brothers Cian & Conor MacSweeny. Moving to Ballintubbert House in the Summer of 2013, they began writing for their debut EP ‘Waiting’, produced and mixed by Rob Kirwan (Hozier, Bell X1). They produce a wide ranging electronic/rock sound as a four piece live. Find out more on

Using an obscure touchscreen controller and forward-thinking software plugins and runtimes, moossmann live shows are exciting and unique every time. Production-wise, moossmann uses some of the best analogue emulation out there, along with plenty of ‘found sound’ percussion; so expect meticulous fidelity with a lot of analogue warmth! Find out more on


Myles Manley
Myles Manley is a country&western singer from Sligo who released a first greatest hits collection ‘Greatest Hits 2012-2013′ last year. He was named ‘HOT for 2014′ by Hot Press and was awarded gig of the week in the Ticket in April. A new single+video will be released later this year. Find out more on


Neon Atlas
The band started as a solo project for  Cork songwriter Kieran Ring before morphing into a full live band after the success of their debut album ‘Absolute Magnitude’ recorded with renowned producer Ciaran O’Shea, since then they have performed a BBC radio 2 session for the Dermot O’Leary show. Find out more on


Old Hannah
Their sound may conjure images of the Appalachian mountains before Yeats’s Benbulben, but this four-piece originated in Sligo. Old Hannah are firmly rooted in old time sounds, as an early passion for bluegrass and roots saw them mix traditional and contemporary influences into a unique set of original music. Find out more on

Otherkin marked their first 12 months of existence by joining AMA’s roster and playing on the mainstage of Whelan’s Ones To Watch 2014. Support slots with Palma Violets and Parquet Courts brought the band to wider attention and festival slots at Trinity Ball, Light Colour Sound and Castlepalooza followed. Find out more on


Paddy Hanna
“deservedly well regarded as one of the most prolific musicians in Dublin and beyond” says “An accomplished and inspiring debut”” says Lauren Murphy of The Ticket. But don’t just take their word for it, come along and see for yourself. my names paddy, and i approve this message. Find out more on

Paddy Hanna

Participant is the new project of Stephen Tiernan. A four piece band aiming to combine the spontaneity of live performance with the atmosphere of the recorded material. Debut EP “Bit Slow” combines ambient elements and unique samples with live instrumentation as an atmospheric yet heartfelt collection of 5 songs. Find out more on

Planet Parade
Planet Parade are Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd. Their debut 4 track EP “Ghosts To People” was self-released at the end of 2009 and showcased the band’s idiosyncratic sound and wide-ranging musicality. Find out more on

Hot off the back of their debut EP ‘Black Cat’ which saw them win praise from the likes of DIY and Artrocker, Princess have had an exciting year that’s seen them play some of Ireland’s biggest venues, become earmarked as the ‘band to watch’ at last year’s Castlepalooza and win support slots for Cloud Nothings on their Irish tour this May. Find out more on


Red Queen Contest
RQC’s latest single ‘One and the Same’ was mixed by acclaimed LA based producer Al Clay, whose previous credits include Pixies and Blur. The band recently recorded a Green Room Session for The Paul McLoone Show on Today FM. Find out more on

REPLETE made his label debut in 2014 releasing his Hold Me EP via Belfasts Champion Sound Recordings, which gained support from RTE Radio and BBC Radio 1. He has shared bills with acts such as Daniel Avery, Lakker, Space Dimension Controller and AME. Find out more on


Satori Je
The bastard child of Pulp Fiction and True Romance soundtracks. Recently supported Dirty Beaches in Hong Kong and released a new video by Babysweet Sessions (Two Door Cinema Club). The band are currently recording their debut album which will be released later in the year. Find out more on

Satori Je

Hailing from Armagh, Silences are Conchúr White, Christopher Harbinson, Breándan White, Michael Keyes and Jonathan Downing. They played their first show at HWCH 13 and have since have featured on BBC Radio 1, RTE Other Voices and have received critical acclaim for their debut E.P. ‘Nevernames’. Find out more on

A Limerick three piece, Andrew, Aoife and Niall have been siblings since early 2013. Currently based in London, the trio create music which is heavily melodic but with a pounding rhythm section and a wall of distorted guitar, blending elements of pop, grunge and punk to form their unique sound. Find out more on

Skelocrats are a famous pop band established in 2012 who released their greatest hits, The Complete Skelocrats, in 2012. This brought together their two EPs, Whip Crack Away and Hot Yoga. New album coming late 2014. Members play in Land Lovers, Paddy Hanna Band, Groom, Ginnels, No Monster Club. Find out more on

Sleep Mc Evox
Sleep Mc Evox began as a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, who later made a leap of faith onto the dancefloor. To make up for lost time, he is in a hurry to share his vital, visceral, textured and noise-laden vision with anyone who has two ears. Find out more on

Somerville is Connemara native singer, songwriter, producer Maria Somerville. Fusing disparate influences from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Jon Hopkins with a distinctly Irish voice, Somerville is like nothing you’ve ever heard. Find out more on


Recently selected as an NME Radar pick, as well as boasting a slot in The Guardian’s New Band of the Day, Dublin band SPIES continue the building momentum. Their latest single Moosehead is due for release in August. Find out more on

Subplots formed in 2007 and released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Nightcycles’ in 2009. Following touring in Ireland, the UK and an appearance at CMJ in New York, the band went on an enforced hiatus in 2010. They returned this year with the single ‘Colourbars’ from their forthcoming second album. Find out more on


Tell No Foxx
Tell No Foxx’s Debut Self Titled EP was released July 4th 2014. The EP is self-produced, recorded between their next-door neighbour’s studio and Luke’s laptop. With their lead track boulevard already steadily picking up some airplay In Ireland & The UK. Find out more on

The Academic
Forming in their early teens in 2011 ,The Academic have been building quite a reputation for their live shows Creating an infectious blend of indie rock, this band have an astonishing ability to craft scores of songs that make people want to sing and dance. Debut EP expected Autumn 2014. Find out more on

The Bedroom
The Bedroom is an audiovisual project by Galway native Olan Stephens, producing a distinct blend of experimental pop with an emphasis on bass & beat heavy production, served alongside a surreal & abstract visual palette exploring found & collected footage. Debut EP ‘The Graveyard Of Ambition’ was released March 2014. Find out more on

The Bedroom

The Black Sea Fleet
The Black Sea Fleet are a new experimental duo from the west of Ireland. Find out more on

The Boxing Plot
The Boxing Plot formed in 2009 at the tender age of 16 and have been steadily developing as songwriters and performers since. The band’s efforts have finally culminated into their debut EP which is set for release in August, followed by a bite-size Irish tour. Find out more on

The Clameens
The Clameens are one of the most promising outfits to emerge from the recent NI music scene. Consisting of teenage friends and brothers, they have created a brand of infectious indie pop-rock that has caught industry and media attention including BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, MTV and RTE. Find out more on

The Debutantes
The Debutantes have just released there debut EP. Chiming beneath a veil of reverb, their music is structurally straight-forward indie but shimmers in its own simplicity. Sounding more sun-soaked than their home turf  and wash of layered noise, hazy vocals and strummed guitars ring out in heart-melting dream pop. Find out more on

The Debutantes

The Hard Ground
The Hard Ground are an alt-Pop Rock band, based in Cork. Having released Triptych: 1 in May, the band were back in studio this month recording Triptych:2, the second instalment in the Triptych series. Find out more on

The Late David Turpin
David Turpin released well-received albums in 2008, 2009.  After working in film and theatre, he returned as The Late David Turpin to release “We Belong Dead” in 2013.  Launched with a sell-out Dublin Fringe show, it drew unanimous acclaim.  Turpin is currently working on new music, including a feature score. Find out more on

The Loafing Heroes
The Loafing Heroes are a constantly evolving poetic indie-folk band with vocal, guitar, double bass, concertina, violin, and bass clarinet. They released their fourth album CROSSING THE THRESHOLD this year. Their songs tap into a variety of musical and literary interests in wandering through myriad fractured landscapes and vagabonds. Find out more on

The Magpies
The Magpies is a 5-piece rock band from Dublin . The band members hail from Ireland , Italy and England . What makes us different from other bands is our wavy sound of harmonized guitars ,vocals and radio waves surfed by a self-generated magnetic field. Find out more on

The Pale
Formed in Dublin in 1990 by Matthew Devereux and Shane Wearen. Released debut album “Here’s One We Made Earlier” on A&M Records in 1992. The Pale have toured globally and released many albums since. The sound of the band is distinct and unique. Find out more on

The Pale

The Run Ons
Formed in tribute to record collections (remember them?) stocked with Big Star, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement too many Sub Pop albums to list, The Run On’s feature members of Large Mound, Pantone247 and The Objectorz and believe that big chords through big muff’s into big amps make things better. Makes sense! Find out more on

The Shaker Hymn
The catalyst for what would become The Shaker Hymn was a two-month American excursion early in 2012. A remarkable road trip ensued, involving acoustic support slots to Chelsea Crowell. It was on this trek that brand new, future-embracing songs were crafted; songs that would shortly enter the group’s repertoire. Find out more on

The Statics
Mixing the pop sensibilities of the Beatles, the snarling vocals of Arctic Monkeys and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of the Everlys (and hopefully their harmonies!) The Statics are a truly powerful force live and on record…all this without losing their own vision, imagination, originality and downright danceability. Find out more on

The Vincent(s)
The Vincent(s) represent something of a sea change in music that has emerged from Ireland in recent years, they have released 2 singles & an EP to date with each catching the ear of Irish & international alternative press and radio. Find out more on

Tino Ras
Electronic music maker, noise-maker from Kerry, With a long standing philosophy of creating music, noise and sound deliberately using old or antiquated equipment and technologies. The goal is to push these items to their limits along with exploring how they can be used in a total new and different context. Find out more on

Tino Ras


Val Normal
Val Normal are  three-piece alternative rock band from Dublin. We tinker with elements of math/post rock whilst recalling that we grew up listening to nirvana/beatles. Having released our debut album last year we toured/gigged relentlessly, and plan to have our second record out in the fall of 2014. Find out more on
Vann Music
Vann Music is an Irish New Wave Electro Pop outfit combing elements of Dance, French House Music & pop. Their latest single “Tina” has made waves yet again causing a stir with synthy hooks an infectious chorus, and unstoppable beats that will keep you dancing all summer long. Find out more on

Leftfield duo VOIDS have been creating their lush, brooding melodies since 2012. Incorporating effected vocals, harmonious bass loops and tripped-out beats, they build layers of emotive textures that lure the listener in. Debut ep due for release August 2014. Find out more on


Walpurgis Family
Walpurgis Family is an indie chamber pop group, consisting of 3 to 7 members all playing in various Popical Island bands. This Dublin-based band plays bittersweet tunes with a strong lyrical touch, which reminds of the minimalistic side of Yo La Tengo & the catchier work by Jim O’Rourke. Find out more on

Wild Promises
Wild Promises, a ‘stop-you-in-your-tracks’ kind of band that have just released their debut single ‘Ballymore’, which like much of this band’s music, focuses on finding the beauty in ordinary things, and is tinged with a sense of longing, amplified by the subtle, intricate musicianship that underpins the everpresent fragile vocals. Find out more on

Wild Promises


Yes Cadets
A heady cocktail of lyrical, harmony driven psych-pop, Belfast-based Yes Cadets are singer/guitarist Alan Haslam, singer/drummer Lisa Mageean and singer/keyboard prodigy Rachel Toman. Their 2012 debut EP ‘Le Mans’ was released to widespread critical acclaim and will soon be followed by the band’s first LP ‘On Magic Mountain’. Find out more on

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Aug 082014

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 2-4 October 2014 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 by Friday, 15 August (5pm)