HWCH Announce Second Round of Delegates

Hard Working Class Heroes festival recently revealed its line-up of 50 acts who will perform at this year’s showcase.

The second round of industry delegates (listed below) has now been confirmed and you can find out about them here http://hwch.net/#conference . The conference will take place in the Chocolate Factory across the three days with panels and workshops involving Irish and international delegates.

Nick Robinson – Kobalt
Molly O’Brien – Beggars Music
Paul Jones – Rough Trade Records
Adam Read – Deezer
Stephen O’Reilly – ie:music
Jake Sheppard – Triple Management
Almudena Heredero – Primavera Pro / Primavera Sound
Nathan Stein – Arts & Crafts
Adam Lewis – Planetary Group
Alisa Preisler – Ground Control Touring
François Missonnier – Europavox
Corinne Sadki – Le Bureau Export France

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. The conference is also supported by Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office, IMRO (the Irish Music Rights Organisation) 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.

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.

Currently running is an intiaitave between HWCH and media partners RTÉ 2FM which will see all fifty HWCH 18 acts being playlisted on 2FM between now and the festival. Beginning this week, every day two new acts from the line up will be added to the coveted 2FM playlist.

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 ||

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