The annual showcase and schmooze that is Hard Working Class Heroes returns to Dublin town with a shiny new line up and a cast of conference delegates that will have its Chocolate Factory audience in their savvy thrall.

HWCH returns to the capital, once again taking up its regular parking spot over the last three ‘working’ days of September – Thurs 27th to Sat 29th incl. Its gargantuan appetite will consume the best part of central Dublin, when it takes up residence in five main city centre venues as well as the Chocolate Factory situated in nearby Kilmainham, wherein its conference will take place.

Fifty acts have been announced for HWCH 2018, ROE, AE MAK, THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES & LAOISE among them. Selected by an independent panel of national and international industry professionals, these are artists deemed to be ‘export ready’. In fact, some like ROE, TWBS and AE Mak have already played international showcase festivals such as Eurosonic and The Great Escape.

The fifty were boiled down from an overall total of 600 applicants who submitted their music through First Music Contact’s ‘Breaking Tunes’ platform. Of the lucky fifty, over two thirds have not previously been showcased.

The Wood Burning Savages

Lives happen on the Friday and Saturday across five venues – Doyle’s, The Grand Social, Tengu, Tramline and The Workman’s.

Festival goers can expect fireworks from the likes of TWBS, Pillow Queens and New Pagans, while at the other end of the spectrum Galwegian Laoise and four-piece Wild Youth will bring their respective brands of alt-electro & RnB/Funk pop to the mix.

Other artists being featured over the two days include serial collaborator 1000 Beasts, eir Other Voices Open Call winner Maria Kelly, Sony-signed Dublin popper Tim Chadwick, bluesy bluegrass aficionado Leila Jane, ambient electro-experimenter Feather Beds and fast rising R&B/Hip Hop artist Damola.


The festival line up also features semi-seasoned pros such as ROE and AK Mak, both of whom have been raking up the airplays, streams and reviews both at home and across the sea, especially in the UK, as well as thought-provoking lyricist and pared-back instrumentalist Rosa Nutty.

In addition, it ushers in veritable newbies such as Cork three-piece True Tides fresh from a stint at home-county Indiependence and supporting DervSwerve fave Fenne Lilly, BBC Radio fave Kitt Philippa (whose received support from our very own Tom Robinson), and Jeff Buckley vocal-doppelganger, 22 year-old Sam Wickens.

The festival opening night is dedicated to some serious schmooze, with an artist/delegate networking event scheduled to take place in the Chocolate Factory. Skint musicians take note – free gig to all with a Breaking Tunes profile.

Ireland’s largest gathering of music industry professionals, the panel of delegates (announced at time of going to print) includes Molly O’Brien of Beggars Music, Almudena Heredero of Primavera Pro/Sound, Paul Jones of Rough Trade Records, Oskar Strajn of ESNS, Sarah Casey of UTA and Daniel Horitz of Lex Records. The conference will include workshops and panels focussing on key topics at the heart of cracking the tough nut that is the music industry.

For more information on Hard Working Class Heroes, log onto the website at – details of tickets below.

To get to know some of the artists lined up to play this annual extravaganza, tune into our HWCH 2018 playlist here. Don’t forget to give us a follow on Twitter and/or Facebook! 🙂

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)

HWCH18 Venues | The Workman’s ClubTramlineTenguDoyles and  The Grand Social


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