Category: Bands – Ham Sandwich

Hard Working Class Heroes 2014



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Planet Parade

Hard Working Class Heroes 2014 was a last minute festival addition for me – after thinking that I wasn’t going to be in a position to go, I was so delighted to be able to head along to two of the three nights. A really impressive line-up inevitably lead to clashes, but I was happy with the acts I got to see, particularly as HWCH 2014 was hit by some serious rain and bad weather which meant venue hopping was less than appealing.

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Liza Flume
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Featuring some of the best Irish acts around, Hard Working Class Heroes gives a great chance to catch bands that you might not think of seeing elsewhere. Some of my favourite acts to see now are ones that I first saw at Hard Working Class Heroes.
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A Lazarus Soul

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Cfit

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Vann Music

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Ham Sandwich

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Temple St fundraiser

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Young Wonder at Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral for a gig has got to be one of the most surreally special venues – and the Temple Street fundraiser was perfectly set there. Young Wonder, Heathers and Ham Sandwich are three great acts and kept the diverse crowd entertained throughout. I’ve seen Young Wonder again since and reckon they are heading for great things. 20130516_210528-1

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Ham Sandwich at Christchurch Cathedral

Haiti Fest 2013

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The Walls at the Sugar Club

Haiti Fest moved from Whelans to the Sugar Club for their 2013 fund raiser, which lead to a more sedate night all round, with a bit more sitting and a bit less dancing than last year! With their now traditional mix of the best of Irish and Haitian music, it gave me another chance to see festival favourites Raglans and Ham Sandwich, along with a massive trip down memory lane listening to the Walls!

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Red Queen Contest at the Sugar Club

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Raglans at the Sugar Club

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Ham Sandwich at the Sugar Club

Vantastival 2012

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#11 Onto May and the first of my many festivals of 2012, and my first camera fail of 2012. Vantastival is a small festival run just north of Dundalk and is an intimate festival with just a few stages. Its focus is on campervans and the culture that goes with camper-vanning (hence Van-tastival, geddit?!) and this leads to a gloriously eclectic crowd of all ages.

Unfortunately, the May Bank Holiday weekend in Ireland may just be slightly too early in the year for comfortable camping and we froze. I don’t know whether it was the cold, or a lack of organisation on my part, or a bit of both, but battery drain on both my phone and my camera meant I left this festival photo-less.

This does no justice to what has been one of my highlights of 2012. The line-up was brilliant and introduced me to a whole new set of acts who have now become some of my favourites. Old festival pros like Ham Sandwich, Cathy Davey, the Viking Project and Le Galaxie were joined by The Barley Mob, RSAG, The Original Rudeboys, Gypsy Rebel Rabble, Willow Sea and Raglans. I’ve been lucky enough to catch most of these acts again since, and they are quite simply brilliant and are making me freshly excited about the state of Irish music at the moment.

It was also highly entertaining for the crowd to see the acts freezing, just like us, and the sense of camaraderie was probably peaked for me when (yet another) technical glitch for Le Galaxie resulted in an entire tent of star jumping punters being led by Dave Le Galaxie. Surreal but summed up the weekend for me!

New ones to watch:RSAG, The Barley Mob, The Original Rudeboys, Willow Sea, and most definitely Raglans (these lads are seriously good).

*Originally posted on http://www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 02/08/12*