Hard Working Class Heroes – 2012
Ireland’s Annual Showcase Festival and Conference for New Music
- 10th Birthday!!!
Thursday 4 / Friday 5 / Saturday 6 October – Dublin
I dropped in briefly to the launch this evening for the 2012 HWCH, what a well
turned out and well behaved bunch of people. Ambassadors, not just for Irish
music but for Irish youth (well mostly youth!). Even with a little free drink, I suspect that everyone remained tuned in and focused on the serious and
difficult business of making it in the music business. Being now one of the old
guard I bowed out early and left them to it. No doubt many new plans for taking
over the World would be hatched before Sunset. Initiatives such as this are a
major boost to and opportunity for new Irish music. Those artists seriously
aiming at a professional career in the music business need to check this out
now. An interesting extra is the category for music photography, no doubt some
of the shots will appear in the histories of the stars of the future!
A Hard Working Class Hero is indeed something to be.
HWCH is directly connected to the excellent Breaking Tunes Site. This facility
is a mini website, a shop window, a marketing tool, an opportunities portal, it
is all this and more. Indeed the only thing to make it better would be having a
dedicated Musicians Together Video Site tab/link/button on the individual artists page….
I have passed the suggestion in before but maybe if we campaigned a little?
Strength in numbers and all that. I know quite a lot of Irish MT members are also
Breaking Tunes members so if everyone were to canvas……
Details of HWCH 2012 taken directly from the press release follow.
“Hard Working Class Heroes returns to the streets of Dublin over the weekend of Thursday 4/ Friday 5 / Saturday 6
October. This year the festival will be celebrating it’s 10th Birthday!
Hard Working Class Heroes is synonymous with discovering the stars of tomorrow
and in the past ten years all the great and the good of Irish music have
participated and showcased at the event.
Taking place in Dublin City Centre the festival is NOW calling on Ireland’s musicians to apply for a slot to play at the event.
Applications will be through FMC’s own Breaking Tunes site (log on to
www.hwch.net , going live at 6pm this evening and click on the “BANDS APPLY HERE” button). Closing date for applications is July 26. The judging panel for applications will be made up of music industry professionals from around the globe as well as international festival programmers.
Once again, Ireland’s photographers are being called on to submit their
finest music related shots for a chance to feature in a HWCH Photographers
Exhibition. Photographers’ applications will also be via www.hwch.net – simply click on the “PHOTOGRAPHERS APPLY HERE” button and follow the instructions. The selection partners this year will
again be Le Cool magazine.
Keeping up its high standard of additional events and activities there will be
the HWCH conference, mentor sessions and band-tips section and more, with a
host of international delegates on hand to share their wisdom and experience
thanks to the generous support of Culture Ireland.
‘HWCH And The City’ will return again having proved an amazing success the last
few years with bands taking over the city centre in coffee shops, bookshops and
many more places playing free gigs.
In the coming months, HWCH 2012 will take a look back over past lineups and
there will be an exhibition of the past ten years of artwork and we will also
be introducing an ideas wall where we will seek your advice on the next ten
years. As always, Hard Working Class
Heroes promises a spectacular collection of music and fun for the whole
The festival website http://hwch.net
will provide constant updates, videos and schedules on the festival as it
unfolds in the lead up to October 4/5/6.
The Button Factory, The Grand Social, The Mercantile, Meeting House Square, Twisted Pepper and The Workman’s Club.
Tickets – Early bird tickets are available now at a reduced rate via http://entertainment.ie/tickets/
priced at €35 + booking fees. Grab them while you can! Offer lasts until July 26th.
Weekend Tickets €45.00 plus fees, Nightly Tickets €20 plus fees
Closing date for Artist and Photographer submissions is 26 July. ”
Tony Floyd Kenna – 26th. June 2012.
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