Category: Bands – Soak

Hard Working Class Heroes 2014



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.


Liza Flume

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.

A Lazarus Soul




Vann Music


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Ham Sandwich

George Ezra


This blur is George Ezra

The George Ezra set in the Sugar Club was a gig that I can only call short and sweet. With support from the always-charming Soak, this guy’s voice just can’t be described. It’s one of those sounds that almost needs capital letters, and totally doesn’t match his young, blonde exterior. He doesn’t have a big catalogue of songs, but his 40-odd minute set didn’t leave us sold short because it was brilliant. If you’ll allow me have a little rant though, what wasn’t brilliant was the gobshites in the audience – largely, but not uniquely, up at the bar – who talked throughout both Soak and George’s sets. Why on earth do these people pay to come to gigs, and then not watch the acts? Please, for all our sakes, just stay home next time! Okay, rant over. To sum up, the gig was great, the audience was not.


..and this blur is the brilliant Soak

I apologise for the awful photos – the Sugar Club and taking decent photos on my phone just don’t go together, unfortunately.

Verse Chorus Verse


Soak at the Workmans Club

 December also brought another chance to see VerseChorusVerse at a beautifully intimate gig in the Workman’s Club, supported by the disgustingly talented SOAK. Tony played a set sprinkled with old and new songs, and finished by coming off stage to give everyone there a copy of his EP. A genuinely nice bloke with talent in spades – one of the perks of having the opportunity to support Irish music is getting to see people like him perform.

Verse Chorus Verse at the Workman’s Club
*Originally posted on on 01/01/13*