Music | Hard Working Class Heroes 2015…what you need to know

Hard Working Class Heroes 2015 sponsored by HMV Ireland

Hard Working Class Heroes festival  takes place Thursday 1, Friday 2, Saturday 3 October across Dublin city centre. Attracting both the public and top global and Irish music industry executives,

HWCH And The City is a free music trail across Dublin city centre over the three days of the festival with all ages gigs in some of the best and most venues of all sorts.

HWCH Convention takes place over two days (Friday, 2 October and Saturday, 3 October) with the largest gathering of Irish and International music industry execs in Ireland this year. Happening over three rooms in NDRC at the Digital Hub the HWCH Convention is a must-attend two days for musicians or anyone else in the music business in Ireland.

Supported by Culture Ireland, it features some of the best international figures in the industry such as Jessica Hopper (Senior editor of the mega-influential Pitchfork) Hugh McIntyre ( writer for Forbes Magazine, Noisey, MTV & Huffington Post) and music industry legend Rob Hallet, former president of international touring at AEG Live. The HWCH Convention’s main moderator is On The Record writer and Banter host and producer Jim Carroll.

HWCH tech

2015 takes a more hands on approach, as five tech companies will be on hand at the box office over the weekend to talk to artists and music lovers about their companies, but just who are they and what can they do for you?


FIRSTAGE app was started by two professional musicians who learned first-hand how hard it is to make a living from music. By understanding the problems artists face, they came up with an idea, a new way to help artists earn cash and reach out to music fans.

The result is thousands of stages that can be brought to life wherever you see a Firstage “F” logo, by simply pointing your mobile device at these Firstages, artists will perform in augmented video wherever you find yourself twiddling your thumbs, whether you’re waiting for a train or a bus, appearing on top of your coffee cup, in your favourite magazine or on a poster on the street. So keep an eye out for that.


Dublin city coffee shops and charity shops come to life with the sound of the line up…in the run up CIRQUIT, who have made a live scannable playlist for the showcasing artists over the weekend , simply turn on NFC on your phone and scan the posters and wobblers in the and The City venues for the free playlist of the “Sound of Heroes”  there is also a golden ticket hidden in one of these so scan away to your heart’s desire.


Hopr is a new app to use for events. Chosen as the “Web Summit’s official night summit app last year and it was a great success” says Kara Hanahoe CMO at Noster.  Hopr, the Irish developed App for iPhone and android, works with HWCH to include a bespoke guide to every show, minute by minute updates, band info, music & venue details.

Hopr is available on iTunes and Google play for download now.

Other Apps and Sites

Muddy, Press Recordand Beatvyne  are also on hand this weekend and worth checking out in the links.

Acts To See:

Saint Sister – The Workman’s Club – 9:20pm Thursday

Colour//Sound – The Mercantile – 10pm Thursday

The Altered Hours – Hangar – 8pm Thursday

Talos –  The Academy Main Room 9:35pm Friday

Slow Skies –  The Academy Main Room 10:15pm Friday

I Have A Tribe –  The Workman’s Club – 10:40pm Friday

Anderson – The Grand Social – 10:10pm Friday

Heroes In Hiding – Bad Bobs – 10pm Friday

Elastic Sleep – The Mercantile – 10:40pm Friday

New Valley Wolves – Hangar – 7:30pm Friday

Bitch Falcon – Hangar – 9:30pm Friday

Pleasure Beach – The Academy Main Room – 10:15pm Saturday

Katie Laffan – The Grand Social – 7:30pm Saturday

Jennifer Evans – The Workman’s Club – 10:40pm Saturday

The Other Kingdom – The Mercantile – 10:40pm Saturday

Buffalo Sunn – Bad Bobs – 10:40pm Saturday

Johnny Stewart – Hangar – 8:50pm Saturday

discopunks – Hangar – 9:30pm Saturday

Quick Links

Full line-up & shedule:
Convention line-up & schedule:

HWCH student: A special weekend student ticket (€25 + fees) is available with a valid student ID (Student weekend passes can only be purchased on Thursday – Oct 1st at our box office)

The HWCH Convention and all HWCH And the City gigs are FREE to attend.