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18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes 2015

18 new bands to see at Hard Working Class Heroes 2015


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7. Lilla Vargen


Antrim piano youngster

Friday October 2nd – 8.15pm @ The Academy – Feel Good Lost night

Hailing from Ballymena, youngster Lilla Vargen delivered a knockout piano ballad on her debut song This Is Love. It’s a brief song that leaves a sustained impression and enthusiasm for what may come down the line.


8. Joni


Bass-lead vocal club music.

Friday October 2 – 8:55 @ The Academy – Feel Good Lost night

Joni is a Bray vocalist and violinist who has been working with one of the country’s finest purveyors of bass-lead beats Richie Kaboogie. Together, they’ve concocted a song born of the underground but through Joni’s soulful holler, has a captive audience beyond a scene.


9. Talos

Photo: Brid O’ Donovan

Cork’s shining light.

Friday October 2 – 9:35pm @ The Academy – Feel Good Lost night

The singer-songwriter Eoin French continues to impress with every live show and single. A brittle falsetto anchors the musician’s music which can take the form of ambient electronic music, singer-songwriter folk but always with a cutting-edge heart.

10. Anderson


Classic throwback indie-pop.

Friday October 2 – 10.10pm @ The Grand Social

This is a musician who knows how to play the audience. Daniel Anderson was formerly of the indie band the Rags before he embarked on a solo journey that took him to a much more classic place musically. Patterns is immersed in classic orchestral band arrangements with nods to late 60s pop and early 70s singer-songwriters. Anderson’s voice has an old-fashioned earnest delivery to it that matches this classic-style.


11. Bitch Falcon

Photo: Aoife Herrity

Grunge-rock is back.

Friday October 2 – 9.30pm @ Hangar

Bitch Falcon were only gaining momentum at this time last year but they’ve since showed through a series of singles and some ass-kicking live shows how to make rock music sound alive in 2015 while referencing the past. Expect big riffs, big vocals and big fun.

12. I Have A Tribe

Photo: Brid O’ Donovan

Moving piano singer-songwriter

Friday October 2 – 10.40pm @ The Workman’s Club

Patrick O’Laoghaire’s music has a deep confessional howl to it while remaining both beautifully sounding and poetic lyrically. A rising Irish talent.

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