Music Previews

Music | Preview: Hard Working Class Heroes 2014 + Gig Guide

So Hard Working Class Heroes is almost here again, running from 2-4 October in Dublin and showcasing some of the finest rising Irish artists and technology.

Venues this year include Meeting House Square, The Workman’s Club, The Button Factory, Twisted Pepper, The Mercantile, The Grand Social and Bad Bob’s.

So you don’t know who to see right? Some choices are heart vs head and your musical intuition is having a meltdown.  Well have a look at my picks for the three-day festival, but it is really going to be good in just about every show with the line up that is on offer!

Three picks per day, so choose wisely if you’re following this preview.


Gig Choice 1

Venue: Twisted Pepper

Line up: Tino Ras / DVO Marvell / Codai / Hauer

Gig Choice 2

Venue: Grand Social

Line up: Eoin Dolan / Ciaran Lavery / MKAI / Old Hannah / THE LOAFING HEROES / Elephant

Gig Choice 3

Venue: Bad Bob’s

Line up: Maja Sofia / Mere Moths / Leanne Harte / Hugh Hick / The Academic / Walpurgis Family / Myles Manley


Gig Choice 1

Venue: Meeting House Square

Line up: A Lazarus Soul / Cfit / VANN MUSIC / Kormac / Hamsandwich

Gig Choice 2

Venue: The Mercantile

Line up: The Run Ons / Death In The Sickroom / OTHERKIN / The Pale / Elastic Sleep

Gig Choice 3

Venue: The Grand Social

Line up: Eamon Bode / Arborist / The Hard Ground / Buffalo Sunn / Maud in Cahoots / Little X’s For Eyes


Gig Choice 1

Venue: The Button Factory

Line up: TELL NO FOXX / Deaf Joe / HAWK / Cloud Castle Lake

Gig Choice 2

Venue: The Workman’s Club

Line up: Benny Smiles / Low Sea / The Bedroom / CARRIED BY WAVES / Meltybrains?

Gig Choice 3

Venue: Bad Bob’s

Line Up: Red Queen Contest / Me and My Dog / Jet Setter / The Boxing Plot / Yes Cadets / Spies


There is plenty going on elsewhere…other than the venues mentioned above.  As HWCH put it, “a series of free, live, day-time gigs in shops, markets and cafes around Dublin City”.

If you’re looking to get the know the workings behind the music industry, then a trip to the Convention at the NDRC is for you.  Oh and the NDRC can be found here.

Then there is the techy side of HWCH, so you’ll find a number of start-ups and the like giving you a sample of how you can boost your profile with their platforms.


Weekend – €45

Day – €20

All available here at’s ticket portal.