Hard Working Class Heroes Festival Launched By Minister For Culture

The annual Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH) festival has been launched by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

The showcase and conference attracts key members of the global music industry to Ireland to engage with new and emerging Irish music in some of Dublin's best live music venues.

The HWCH conference kicked off on Thursday afternoon, 27 September, with Business to Business presentations and continued into a substantial networking event that evening at the Chocolate Factory which will see Irish and International industry delegates come together with Irish artists. The conference continues with workshops and panels over Friday and Saturday. 42 delegates from 15 different countries will be in the city over the weekend to attend showcases and take part in the conference. The live showcases comprising of 50 acts from diverse genres will take place over Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September.

Over its 16 years in existence, HWCH has played a key role in achieving successful careers, notably for artists like Hozier, The Coronas, Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow, Fontaines and Loah whose successes on the international stage are testament to how important HWCH is for future career opportunities.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Madigan said: "The presence of so many bookers, agents and publishers here again at this year's showcase and conference is a testament to the talent we have in this country. This event is so important as with international delegates supported by Culture Ireland of my Department, the touring and career opportunities for our musicians both at home and abroad can be further advanced."

The event organisers, First Music Contact, are funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through the Arts Council, to resource the popular music sector and through Culture Ireland, enabling them to welcome the largest ever number of international delegates including managers, labels, agents, publishers, bookers, buyers and many more to the festival.


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