The line-up for the 2015 edition of Hard Working Class Heroes, the country’sleading annual music showcase festival, has been announced.

Hard Working Class Heroes festival and convention, sponsored by hmv Ireland, returns this October, and the organisers have just released the line-up for HWCH 2015. They say that they were overwhelmed with the response to the call-out for participants in June, with over 500 bands applying. This was whittled down to 100 bands, independently chosen by music industry professionals.

This is the twelfth year of the showcase event, which has been instrumental in bringing many of Ireland’s best known acts including Delorentos, The Coronas, Fight Like Apes, Villagers, Lisa O’Neill and 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, to the attention of local and global audiences.

This is the second year that hmv Ireland has come on board as sponsor of the event. A spokesperson for hmv commented. “As proud supporters of Irish music, we are delighted to be involved in such a crucial event for the domestic music scene. hmv has provided a direct route to market for local bands in 2014 and HWCH 2015 will showcase many of these acts, demonstrating the quality of the music to a wider audience. Over the weekend we aim to bring the vibrancy of the festival into our stores with a series of performances from the bands on the bill, giving fans a chance to meet and greet the acts. hmv will also be part of the panels over the weekend, providing advice on the retail and online side of the business.”

The line-up for the 2015 edition of Hard Working Class Heroes is as follows:-

13 // Acrobat // AikJ // Ailbhe Reddy // Anderson // Arborist // Atlas Moon // Bad Sea // Bagels // Basciville // Benihana // Bitch Falcon // Buffalo Sunn // Buffalo Woman // Callum Orr // Carriages // Cfit // Color//Sound Comrade Hat // Corner Boy // Darling // Dear Desert // discopunks // DVO Marvell // Elastic Sleep // Electro Sensitive Behaviour // Elephant // Elm // Everything Shook // EXPLODING EYES // Fergal O’Connor // Florence Olivier // Frankenstein Bolts // Half Of Me // Hare Squead // HAWK // Heroes in Hiding // Hot Cops // I Have A Tribe // Inni-K // Jennifer Evans // Johnny Stewart // Joni // Katie Laffan // Kobina // Lie Ins // Lilla Vargen // LORIS // Maija Sofia // Maud in Cahoots // Me Auld Flower // Mere Moths // Miles Graham // MKAI // Mongoose // moossmann // My Tribe Your Tribe // Neon Atlas // New Pope // New Valley Wolves // Nocturnes // Not Monsters // Oh Boland // Old Hannah // PALE RIVERS // Participant // Patrick Freeman // Pine ¶he Pilcrow // Pleasure Beach // PLUTONIC DUST // PolyGlove // PORTS // Pranks // ProFound // Róisín O // Rusangano Family // Ryan O’Shaughnessy // S I S T E R S // Saint Sister // Sample Answer // Samyel // Silences // Slow Skies // SlowPlace LikeHome // Staring At Lakes // STAY GOLD // Strength // Swimmers // Talos // TELL NO FOXX // The Altered Hours // The Fontaines // The Journals // The Man Whom // The Soft Look // Third Smoke // This Other Kingdom // Tiz McNamara // We Raise Bears // We, the Oceanographers

The 2015 edition of Hard Working Class Heroes takes place from 1st to 3rd October in a variety of venues throughout the city, including The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Academy, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, and Hangar.

Tickets are also available to purchase online now, with nightly tickets costing €20 + fees, and earlybird weekend tickets €45.00 + fees.

Apart from the numerous live music events, there will also be conferences, mentor sessions, band-tips and more for artists, all made possible by the support of main festival sponsor hmv Ireland, The Arts Council, and added support from Fáilte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.

Hard Working Class Heroes 2015
2015 is an exciting year for Hard Working Class Heroes and the organisers will be endeavouring to deliver a weekend of great music and valuable learning experiences for everyone involved.


All images courtesy HWCH 2015; lead image © Ruth Medjber



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