Tickets are now on sale for Hard Working Class Heroes 2018. The development and progression of the HWCH Music Conference over the last few years has earned them the reputation for being a must-attend event for anyone working in music in Europe. This September, festival bookers, labels, managers, booking agents, music supervisors, radio folk, journalists, & tastemakers from around the world and here at home will gather in Dublin for HWCH, making it Ireland's largest gathering of the global music industry.
Music bookers from some of the world's biggest showcase festivals will descend on Dublin in search of new Irish acts including Casper Mills from SXSW, Oskar Strajn from ESNS, Ciara George-Lynch from Reeperbahn Festival, Javier Lopez from Midem, Lisa Hresko from A2IM, & Will Larnach-Jones from Iceland Airwaves.
In addition, Sarah Casey, booking agent at United Talent Agency, Anna Wester, A&R manager at PIAS, Rhys Bradley of Martian PR, Anton Teichmann, founder of Mansions & Millions, Daniel Horitz from Lex Records, & Ryan Leas, features writer at Stereogum, will all come to Dublin looking to discover their new favourite Irish artists. Lots more industry delegates will also be announced in the coming weeks.
The HWCH Music Conference delegates are funded through a See Here Award from Culture Ireland and this 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 festival will take place from Thursday, September 27 to Saturday, September 29 with an opening night networking event followed by the live showcases, which will take place across Friday and Saturday night. 50 acts are currently being chosen from over 600 applications. Stay tuned for the lineup announcement in the coming weeks.