Hard Working Class Heroes is changing it’s name to Ireland Music Week after 16 years. The festival will also expand from 3 to 5 days.

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 DCDavid KeenanSoulé, Daithíwhenyoung, Bitch Falcon, JafarisChasing AbbeySaint SisterWyvern LingoJealous of the BirdsFangclub, Touts, The Academic, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano FamilyVillagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Girl BandJapeThe CoronasSoak, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Ham SandwichOtherkin 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. 

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Other Voices reveal the full festival schedule ahead of Dingle weekender.

The annual Irish Music Christmas Party is back in it’s original Dingle setting this weekend and they’ve just released the full festival schedule for this year’s entry!

The timetable is chock full of incredible acts from every corner of the country and beyond. The performances in the intimate St. James’s Church will be live streamed to a number of venues in the town for those not lucky enough to get in & the music trail will provide plenty of live music throughout the weekend from some of Irelands most promising young acts including Kojaque, Sorcha Richardson, Pine The Pilcrow, I Have a Tribe, Dowry, Junior Brother, Wastefellow, Thumper and many many more. 

Check out the full schedule and music trail playlist below, we’ll see you there!

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A ray of sunshine on a rainy day: KnockanStockan announce 2019 dates and ticket info!!!

You may be moping around like a drowned rat in that horrible weather but it’s not all bad news! The Christmas of the Summer, KnockanStockan, is back just in time for the traditional Winter Christmas. 

The country’s premiere independent music festival will return to the shores of the Blessington Lakes, arguably the most beautiful festival site in Ireland, on July 19th, 20th and 21st 2019 with Early Bird Tickets going on sale this Friday at 9AM for an absolute steal at €99. You can grab them at knockanstockan.ie but you’d better hurry as they probably won’t last long! 

After a sensational weekend in 2018 which featured unforgettable sets from The Olllam, Kojaque, Vernon Jane and over 150 other Irish and International showstoppers, plans are under way for our yearly pilgrimage to the idyllic valley.

  • Limited early bird tickets priced at €99
  • 3 Day Tickets – €155
  • 2 Day Tickets (Sat & Sun) – €135
  • 1 Day Tickets (Sun Only) – €65

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Kendrick Lamar and more announced for Longitude 2016

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More good news on the festival front. Longitude Festival have announced the first acts who will be gracing their Marley Park stages in July.

The biggest surprise is Kendrick Lamar on Friday night, who’s album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’  was easily my favourite hip-hop release of last year. The National and Major Lazer will headline the Saturday and Sunday nights respectively

Jamie XX, Father John Misty, Chvrches, Róisín Murphy, Tyler The Creator, Action Bronson, Courtney Barnett, A$AP Ferg, MØ, All Tvvins, Rejjie Snow, Otherkin, Pleasure Beach and Saint Sister make up the rest of the acts in this  first announcement.

Tickets go on sale at 9am next Friday the 29th. Weekend tickets are €159.50 and Day tickets €64.50