Coming to the festival to see some new Irish music are:
Martin Hewett, On The Beach
Ryan Leas, Stereogum
Claire Southwick, Primitive Management MMF UK
Erika Elliott, City Parks, SummerStage
Andrea Madden, Made In Chelsea, Monkey Kingdom
Geoff Travis, Rough Trade
Will Vincent, Prescription PR
Dominic Bastyra, Wake The Town, Theodore
Mikey B. Rishwain, M for Montreal
Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group
Philip Taggart, BBC, Vevo
The weekend will see a mixture of workshops, discussions and panels for bands and musicians at all levels to meet with delegates and garner feedback on their material and professional trajectories.
Live showcases will take place across Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September. On Thursday 28th September, the opening night, a targeted networking event will take place in the Chocolate Factory where all the international delegates will be invited to network with their Irish counterparts and artists attending the HWCH conference.
First Music Contact, who run HWCH, work with Irish acts from the very beginning of their careers, and under the Irish Music Export office, Music From Ireland, help fund artists & present Irish showcases throughout the year at Eurosonic, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Mondo NYC and many more. Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include acts such as Soulé, Elm, Ailbhe Reddy, Maria Kelly, Talos, Barq, Loah, A.S Fanning and Le Boom.
In the past, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Hare Squead, Saint Sister, this year’s Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier along with Girl Band, Delorentos, Villagers, Soak, Fight Like Apes, Jape, Coronas, Pleasure Beach, Le Galaxie, The Strypes, Otherkin and many more.