Jim Carroll

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Calling all Hard Working Class Heroes

Wanted: new bands and tech start-ups for Dublin festival’s 12th outing

Bringing the house down: HWCH 2013 hit Hozier

Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 09:28


It’s your call. If you’re a band who fancy your chances at this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, you have until July 16 to get your act together and apply here. Sure, what else would you be doing with yourself anyway?

The festival, which will run in various Dublin venues from October 2 to 4 this year, has previously featured such significant Irish acts as Villagers, Delorentos, Jape, The Strypes, The Frames, Fionn Regan, Cathy Davey, Heathers and, last year before he went supernova, Hozier.

Aside from Hozier attracting 106 A&R men (and women) to his show in the Button Factory, last year also saw the debut of the Hard Working Class Heroes Technology strand. This saw 25 music tech start-ups get access to mentoring sessions, pitch presentations and workshops over the weekend and an opportunity to talk the talk about their goods. NDRC, the independent enterprise based in the Liberties which aims to build high-impact new ventures through initiatives like Launchpad, are involved again this year and Enterprise Ireland are now also on board. All tech movers and shakers who want to apply or find out more can do so here.

Then, there’s the HWCH Convention, the weekend-long series of panels and discussions which happen over the weekend and which I’m involved in organising. Over the years, the convention has covered a lot of ground, but there’s always room for more. If you have any ideas, topics or themes for panels, presentations or discussions you’d like to hear explored at HWCH Convention, please let me know below. We have a lot of ideas already in the pipeline, but all ideas and topics from the floor are always welcome. Full info on HWCH Convention to follow in September.

Meanwhile, early bird weekend tickets are now on sale until July 16 at €35 each (plus fees). After that date, weekend tickets will be €45.00 (plus fees) or €20 (plus fees) for nightly tickets. Same ticket prices as 2013, gigflation watchers