Hard Working Class Heroes takes over Dublin Venues
Over the last weekend, a wealth of international programmers and presenters traveled to Dublin with Culture Ireland support to see emerging and up and coming bands who took over Dublin venues as part of this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes (HWCH).
Performances took place in Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn Street, Tengu on Strand Street and City Hall, all of which featured a selection of stripped back performances from artists. Hard Working Class Heroes is produced by First Music Contact the national resource organization for popular music, funded by the Arts Council.
In addition to multiple performances, the event included HWCH Convention 2016, the largest annual meeting of Irish and international music industry figures in Ireland, with 1,800 networking sessions and 22 workshops and conversations facilitating exchanges between artists and the music business.
The Convention focussed on discussions and conversations around such issues as changes in the industry, how artists and businesses are adapting to the new environment as well as giving Irish artists an opportunity to interact directly with international colleagues.
In what those in the media are calling a breakthrough year for the event, Angela Dorgan, its director and CEO of First Music Contact, echoed the success of the weekend.
“We made plans and strides to build on our international reputation this year, linking HWCH and our international offerings under Music From Ireland has led to Irish music taking its place at the forefront of global music signings, reputation and conversations"
International delegates at HWCH Convention 2016 included bookers, agents, press and radio from the US, UK and Europe who joined a huge number of Irish music industry professionals in discussions, debates and conversations over the weekend.
International delegates traveled to Dublin with support from Culture Ireland’s See Here Scheme.
Full details on the event are available here: www.hwch.net