From Thursday to Saturday this week, seven venues will be occupied by 104 Irish bands playing the Hard Working Class Heroes festival playing to music fans, interested parties, industry delegates, bands, friends and all sorts. There are free daytime gigs, a convention in the Liberties speed sessions, panels, tech companies, talks and much much more. Tickets are €20 per day or €45 for the three days. It’s one of my favourite weekends in Dublin of the year. There’s a great buzz about.
Here are 18 new bands to see this weekend, I kept it strictly to bands that have not released a debut album yet. Enjoy.
A new band formed from Futures Apart and Hush War Cry, the twosongs so far featuring production from Darragh Nolan have suggested an elegance and a quality in the arrangement and songwriting of these Wild Beasts-style ’80s throwback synth pop tracks. ‘Give It Up’ is a particularly exciting track.
Thursday Oct 2 10.40 @ Bad Bob’s / 1pm @ Jo Burger
Dublin singer Gavin Farrell is still in early days but citing Perfume Genius and Youth Lagoon as two influences on his bedroom folk pop has me intrigued. He’s just released his debut EP tell me we both matter, don’t we?
Hard Working Class Heroes is happening in two weekends. We have stage times and convention info already but today Fight Like Apes (Saturday October 4th), Ham Sandwich (Friday October 3rd) and SOAK (Thursday October 2nd) were added as the 2014 Heroes bands who will play the weekend each headlining a night of the festival.
The festival has also announced its daytime trail HWCH and the City, good for those who can’t make the night proceedings, or who prefer their music in more intimate unusual places like HMV Grafton Street, HMV Henry Street, NDRC, Honest To Goodness, Brother Hubbard, Sister Sadie, Jo Burger, Oxfam, George’s Street, Oxfam Parliament Street, Gutter Bookshop, Exchange, Powerscourt Town Centre, Pitbros, Urban Picnic, Twisted Pepper and The Church.
Attendance to the daytime events are free with night-time three-day tickets €45 or €20 per day.
Not bad if you’ve any interest in seeing what’s going on in Irish music (and you should).
Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.
500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).
Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.
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 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 Skelocrats Sleep Mc Evox Somerville Spies Subplots Tell No Foxx The Academic The Bedroom The Black Sea Fleet The Boxing Plot The Clameens The Debutantes 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
The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.
As Hard Working Class Heroes goes into its twelfth year, the festival for new bands is now also becoming established as for new technology too.
With HMV sponsoring the festival, taking place from Thursday October 2nd to Saturday October 4th, the festival has issued an open call for applications from bands and tech companies.
Musicians can apply to play at the weekend’s gigs where there are opportunities to play in front of international and local industry professionals from bookers to managers to label owners to publishing etc.
Tech companies can apply to become one of a limited number of start-ups who get to to pitch to venture capitals and investors as well as mentoring and panels.
Closing date for both applications is July 16.
HMV will be doing pop-up shops featuring releases by participating bands as well as workshops offering advice on how their business can help bands.
For everyone else, tickets are available now for the weekend at €35 plus fees until July 16th.
So I thought it’d be fun (yes, this counts as one of my definitions of fun) to write about 12 bands playing the festival I’ve never featured before. So I trawled through the entire list of bands, including the 70 first-timers and this is what I came up with. Also, I’ll be DJing the afterparty at Meeting House Square on Saturday about half past midnight FYI.
Affleck / Anderson / Benny Smiles / Biggles Flys Again / Blades Club! / Bouts / Carriages / CARRIED BY WAVES / Cat Dowling / Cave Ghosts / Cfit / CLU / Come On Live Long / Conor Walsh / Cove / croupier / Daithi / Death In The Sickroom / DOGS / Dott / Dylan Tighe / Elaine Mai / Elastic Sleep / Fallen Rule / Fears / Floor Staff / Frankenstein Bolts / Garret Moore / Ghosts / Gorgeous Colours / GRIM / Groom / Halves / Haüer / Hozier / I <3 The Monster Hero / I HAVE A TRIBE / I’m Your Vinyl / Inni-K / Jet Setter / Jethro Pickett / John Cathal O’Brien / Joshua Burnside / Julie Hawk / KaraKara / Kobina / Las KELLIES / Lasertom / Leanne Harte / Let’s Set Sail / Lie Ins / Little Rivers / little xs for eyes / Liza Flume / Maria Somerville / Mark Geary / Maud In Cahoots / Myles Manley / NANU NANU / Niall Colfer / Overhead, The Albatross / PLUTONIC DUST / PRINCESS / Rachel Boyd / REID / REPLETE / RYAN VAIL / September Girls / Ships / Silences / Silverbacks / Skelocrats / SLEEP MCEVOX / Sleep Thieves / So Cow / Spies / Sweet Jane / Swimmers / swords / Tandem Felix / TELL NO FOXX / The Altered Hours / The Boxing Plot / The Clameens / The Crayon Set / The Dying Seconds / the Freakles / The Hard Ground / The Heads Of State / THE LATE DAVID TURPIN / The Manhattan Syndrome / The Notas / The Pale / The Vincent(s) / The Young Folk / Thinkerrs / This Side Up / tieranniesaur / UNKNOWN / Wild Promises / windings
Hard Working Class Heroes, the annual showcase of new Irish music is now in its eleventh year and has issued a last call for bands and tech companies.
Hard Working Class Heroes will close its submission process on Friday July 26th for both bands and tech for this year’s edition due to take place Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th October in Dublin. The annual showcase of new Irish music is now in its eleventh year and features around 100 Irish bands playing around a five or six venues in Dublin city and HWCH fly in industry people like festival bookers, agents, managers and more to get their first glimpse at what’s happening here. There’s also panels, discussions and speed sessions for bands to learn more about the modern music landscape. This year, for the first time HWCH Digital is aiming to get 25 tech companies involved in the music space and give them access to all of the above for the benefit of both strands of industry.
Bands and tech companies can apply at the HWCH site. Once entered, the applications will be judged by a both national and international music people including myself.
There’s also some Returning Heroes with 5 bands regarded by the organisers as those which “epitomise a central tenet of the HWCH festival: offering Irish audiences an early snapshot of emerging artists who are destined to become some of Ireland’s most enduring talents.” They are Solar Bears, Le Galaxie, Delorentos all playing Meeting House Square each night (now a proper venue as witnessed at Efterklang over the weekend) with We Cut Corners and The Ambience Affair playing Button Factory.
Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) has announced the bands playing the festival this year for their 10th birthday from the Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th October in The Button Factory, The Mercantile, The Grand Social, Twisted Pepper, Meeting House Square and The Workman’s Club. The full list of bands is below with links where you can do your homework.