Ireland’s leading music industry conference and showcase festival Hard Working Class Heroes is rebranding itself after 16 successful years of elevating Irish music and exporting it abroad. The festival will now be known as Ireland Music Week and is expanding from three days to five, it takes place in various venues across Dublin city centre from October 1st to 5th.
The core of the festival ethos will remain, showcasing 50 of the most export-ready emerging Irish talent today to the best of the national and international music industry. The conference gives artists the chance to learn and develop their craft and create new opportunities with agents, labels, bookers, music supervisors and services from all over the world.
Speaking about the name change, FMC Director Angela Dorgan said:
“The new name will more accurately represent the strategic role of the festival in launching export-ready Irish artists to global prominence at our export-supported events such as Eurosonic, SXSW, The Great Escape, and more. Ireland Music Week will also expand to develop the infrastructure of the Irish music industry as a whole”.
Some of last year’s big successes to progress from Hard Working Class Heroes include Just Mustard, The Wood Burning Savages, Wild Youth, True Tides, Æ Mak, Flynn, Pillow Queens, ROE, Bad Bones, A. Smyth, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, THUMPER, Maria Kelly, Molly Sterling, Joshua Burnside and more.
Since its inception in 2003, HWCH has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Fontaines DC, David Keenan, Soulé, Daithí, whenyoung, Bitch Falcon, Jafaris, Chasing Abbey, Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo, Jealous of the Birds, Fangclub, Touts, The Academic, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Girl Band, Jape, The Coronas, Soak, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Ham Sandwich, Otherkin and many more.
Applications for Ireland Music Week will open in May. Details on how to apply will be posted on irelandmusicweek.com in the coming weeks.