Ireland’s HWCH – Hard Working Class Heroes annual music showcase and conference once again returns to autumnal Dublin, this year crossing from 28th to 30th September.

As per, the main focus is showcasing the huge wealth of emerging musical talent that has our current Irish scene practically bursting at the seams, ipso facto, the HWCH festival folk are making their annual call to action.

Now is the time for Ireland’s musicians, singer-songwriters, bands and solo artists to apply for their chance to take part in this internationally renowned showcase event which will run across several Dublin venues later this year.


Log on to and click on the “BANDS APPLY HERE” button – applications will be through the artists’ Breaking Tunes profile.  Closing date for applications is JULY 14th.

Okay? So far so simple right? We -ll, here’s where things get a leetle tricky! By way of marking its 15th ‘birthday’, HWCH has decided to spice things up a bit so musicians you can prepare to feel the heat, because in #HWCH17 fewer bands will be put through to the final line-up!

Get your application in, whack your competition face on and get practising guys! #workhardplayhard  Literally!

And that’s not all! More changes are afoot with the three-day eventer now hosting the showcase lives on Friday and Saturday nights only. Playing coy, they are keeping their cards close to their chest and holding back on some other announcements. Keep your eyes peeled and ears open.

Run by First Music Contact, HWCH provides up and coming Irish acts with a platform to showcase their wares to media, industry professionals and music fans alike – exposure they may not otherwise have access to.

Through the Music from Ireland office, FMC help with funding for new Irish artists, as well as opening the door to opportunities via their contacts with international festivals such as SXSW, TGE and Eurosonic to name but a few.

Since it kicked off in 2003, HWCH has helped sew the seeds of several acts who have since blossomed onto our contemporary scene; artists such as Hozier, Girl Band, Le Galaxie, Otherkin, Ailbhe Reddy & More.

To celebrate all the fine talent that has passed through the HWCH doors and as a mouthwatering taster of the delicacies to come, I’ve put together an amuse-bouche for you in the form of an HWCH Taster Menu which you will find below.

It includes tasty morsels from some of the artists mentioned above as well as top tracks from Jape, Le Boom and the latest single release from the Coronas.

Remember the deadline is 14TH JULY and the clock is ticking.

Btw, if you hop over to the HWCH socials you’ll find nifty vids of local and international judges giving some invaluable tips n tricks.  Do It Peeps!

HWCH is supported by The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Failte Ireland/Tourism Ireland

DervSwerve x



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