Hard Working Class Heroes festival recently closed its annual call for applications with over 600 artists applying to perform. The line-up will be announced next month. In the meantime, the first round of industry delegates (listed below) has been confirmed and you can find out about them here http://hwch.net/#conference
Oskar Strajn – ESNS
Casper Mills – SXSW
Ciara George-Lynch – Reeperbahn
Javier Lopez – Midem
Lisa Hresko – A2IM
Will Larnach-Jones – Iceland Airwaves
Anna Wester – PIAS
Daniel Horitz – Lex Records
Anton Teichmann – Mansions & Millions
Sarah Casey – United Talent Agency
Ryan Leas – Stereogum
Rhys Bradley – Martian PR
The development and progression of the conference over the last few years has earned HWCH the local and international reputation for being a must-attend event for anyone working in music in Europe. It is the largest gathering of bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here at home. HWCH annually brings Ireland to the world and the world to Ireland over one weekend.
The HWCH Music Conference delegates are funded through a ‘See Here’ award from Culture Ireland and forms the first step of First Music Contact’s export strategy. Christine Sisk, Director of Culture Ireland commented, “We’re delighted to be once again supporting the inward travel of international delegates to Hard Working Class Heroes. Last year, Culture Ireland supported over 150 promoters and programmers to visit Ireland to see Irish artists at work. Based on outcomes, we know that this contact is critical to creating new opportunities for artists and that this year’s HWCH will be no exception”.
The HWCH Music Conference is also supported by Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office and Help Musicians UK.
The live showcases will take place across Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September. 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.
Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges):
Conference & Live Ticket (Friday & Saturday) €55 / Live Ticket (Friday & Saturday) €35
Conference Ticket (Friday & Saturday) €25 / Live Ticket (Friday/Saturday) €25
Single Venue Ticket €12.50 (only available on the door at live music venues)
First Music Contact, who run HWCH, work with Irish acts from the very beginning of their careers. This annual showcase is an opportunity to offer Irish acts some vital exposure provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates who attend HWCH.
Last year HWCH reduced the number of bands showcasing to 50 and highlighted the need for acts to have a development plan and an eye on international activity. The success of this move resulted in a record number of Irish acts being selected for overseas showcase events in 2017 including Eurosonic, SXSW, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Primavera Pro and more.
Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include acts such as Soulé, Roe, Bitch Falcon and David Keenan who played at Eurosonic in January / Fontaines, Æ Mak, Jafarais Lilla Vargen and Jealous of the Birds who showcased at The Great Escape / Paddy Hanna and Le Boom who recently graced the Primavera Pro stage in Barcelona.
Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Maria Kelly, Saint Sister, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier along with Girl Band, Ailbhe Reddy,Delorentos, Soulé, Jape, Coronas, Pleasure Beach, Talos, Le Boom, Otherkin and many more.
HWCH is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) / RTÉ 2FM / IMRO / Help Musicians UK