Hard Working Class Hereos 2018


Ireland’s Annual Music Showcase and Conference

Thursday 27th   | Friday 28th | Saturday 29th September – Dublin

Dublin City Council – Start Your Own Music Business Course

Irish Industry Delegates Announced

Hard Working Class Heroes announces the Irish industry delegates (below) who will join the 42 international industry delegates taking part in this year’s festival http://hwch.net/#conference

Thanks to Culture Ireland's 'See Here' fund, which helps to fund the inward travel of international industry delegates, HWCH has become a vital first step in any Irish acts progression from the national to the international stage.

The conference is also partnered and delivered with the support of Dublin City Council's Local Enterprise Office (LEO) to allow FMC provide professional development opportunities for artists and small businesses in the music sector in Ireland.

Graduates from the pilot Start Your Own Music Business Course will be honoured on the opening night. Dublin City Council and First Music Contact will also launch the second SYOMBC for interest.

Dublin City Council recognises the need to support musicians, who are contributing their talent and unique output to Dublin’s creative industries and adding to our cultural identity. We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of Hard Working Class Heroes in 2018.” -- Mary Mac Sweeney, Deputy Head of Economic Development and Enterprise Dublin City Council.

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Irish Industry joining the conference –

- Tommy McLaughlin (Attica Audio Recording)

- Niall Byrne (Nialler9)

- Ruairí Lynch (Bantum)

- Lizzie Fitzpatrick (Bitch Falcon)

- Erica Cody Kennedy Smith (Erica-Cody)

- Nigel Kenny (Musicmaker)

- Sinéad Troy (IASCA /Yangaroo)

- Julie Hawk (SelfMade)

- Dave Hanratty (No Encore Podcast / JOE.ie)

- Emmet Condon (Homebeat / Another Love Story)

- Emmett Costello (AVA Festival)

- Joe Kelly (It Takes A Village)

- Shane Dunne (MCD / Indiependence)

- Alan McEvoy (Live Wire Business Management)

- David Keegan (First Fortnight)

- Alan Swan (RTÉ 2FM)

- James Byrne (HWCH Workshop Host)

- Jim Carroll (HWCH Conference Host)

The live showcases comprising of 50 acts from diverse genres will take place over Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September.


The conference will take place in the Chocolate Factory across the three days with over 20 panels and workshops involving Irish and international delegates.


On Thursday 27th 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.

RTÉ 2FM will be broadcasting live from the opening night with Louise McSharry and recording the Friday night at Tramline to broadcast the following week with Dan Hegarty.


HWCH18 Venues |The Workman’s Club, Tramline, Tengu, Doyles and The Grand Social

Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges):

Delegate Ticket (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) €55 / Live Ticket (Friday & Saturday) €35

Conference Ticket (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) €25 / Live Ticket (Friday/Saturday) €25

Single Venue Ticket €12.50 (only available on the door at live music venues)



|| HWCH is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) / RTÉ 2FM / IMRO / Help Musicians UK / Carlsberg ||



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