Jim Carroll

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Hard Working Class Heroes 2013 – music, tech and ideas, your call

The Dublin new music festival shakes things up for its 11th outing with the addition of a new tech strand

Last year's Heroes: The Strypes

Thu, Jun 27, 2013, 08:35


It’s that time of year when Hard Working Class Heroes make their annual call for bands to play the three day festival which runs in various Dublin venues from October 3 to 5 this year. If you’re a band and you want to play the long-running event, which has previously featured such significant Irish acts as Villagers, Delorentos, Jape, The Strypes, The Frames, Fionn Regan, Cathy Davey and Heathers, you have until July 26 to make your intentions clear by applying online.

Meanwhile, early bird weekend tickets are now on sale until July 26 at €35 each (plus fees). After that date, weekend tickets will be €45.00 (plus fees) or €20 (plus fees) for nightly tickets.

This year, the festival are shaking things up as a new Hard Working Class Heroes Digital strand also sees the light of day. HWCH Digital has grown out of how tech has become a growing part of the annual festival with showcases from various music tech start-ups, as well as last year’s Music 3.0 offshoot (DOI: I was involved in organising this project). HWCH Digital is supported by and co-ordinated with the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), the Dublin Liberties-based company which aims to build high-impact new ventures through initiatives like Launchpad.

HWCH Digital is now looking for 25 tech companies in the entertainment sector who’d like to get involved and have access to mentoring, panels and tip sessions over the weekend, as well as having the opportunity to discuss their ideas with tech industry figures. Companies interested have until July 26 to apply online.

There are also plans afoot to add a lot of new elements to HWCH Convention, the weekend-long series of panels and discussions which happen over the weekend and which I’m involved in organising.

As you can see from the agendas for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 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. We have a lot of ideas already on the page, but all ideas and topics from the floor are always welcome.