Category: Festivals – Hard Working Class Heroes

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

Hard Working Class Heroes part 2

 20131005_232235Come on Live Long

Saturday night of Hard Working Class Heroes brought a trip to Meeting House Square for three great acts – Spies, Come on Live Long and Daithi. Spies had been on my hitlist since seeing them at the Freezer Sessions in late 2011, and I was delighted to catch them again. Come on Live Long have such a different sound to other acts out at the moment and I’ve yet to be disappointed in their live set. And Daithi, well, is Daithi – a unique dance sound and just brilliant!





Hard Working Class Heroes part 1



Hard Working Class Heroes is one of my favourite festivals – no matter where you go, no matter which venue you choose, you’re guaranteed to see some of the best of Ireland’s up and coming bands. 2013 was no different. I only made it to two of the three nights, but still got a chance to see some great acts. In a lucky case of scheduling, I was able to make it to two venues to catch five acts – Plutonic Dust (who barely made their start time because the lead singer couldn’t find a parking space!) started proceedings, followed by a great set from Elaine Mai. I’ve seen Elaine Mai, both solo and doing vocals with Le Galaxie, and love her sound.


Plutonic Dust


Elaine Mai

Next up was Anderson, who played some solo songs and also attempted to play with a full band. However, technical difficulties meant that the poor bass player wasn’t getting any sound, and the fact that they were followed by Hozier playing a stunning set with full band and backing singers just highlighted their slightly “less rounded” sound! That said, I really enjoyed Anderson’s songs and have seen him again since. But speaking of Hozier, this guy is amazing. Obviously a huge amount of the crowd were there to see him, and I can see why. Insanely talented, this guy is going to be massive.



A quick dash to the Mercantile meant we got there just in time to catch Biggles Flys Again set, this time as a threesome. These guys are brilliant and if you get a chance you should definitely head to see them.


Biggles Flys Again

Hard Working Class Heroes 2012


The fabulous Elaine Mai at Hard Working Class Heroes


Ghost Estates at Hard Working Class Heroes


Croupier at Hard Working Class Heroes

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Le Galaxie at Hard Working Class Heroes

Hard Working Class Heroes – a brilliant (and amazing value for money) opportunity to see some of the cream of Irish music across a whole heap of venues. My obvious highlight was Le Galaxie who have yet to disappoint, but also got to see a whole load of acts for the first time – Forrests, Ghost Estates, Croupier, The Strypes, Hudson Taylor, Heritage Centre and the Dirty 9s – along with another chance to check out the supremely talented Elaine Mai.


The Strypes at Hard Working Class Heroes


Hudson Taylor at Hard Working Class Heroes


Heritage Centre at Hard Working Class Heroes


The Dirty 9s at Hard Working Class Heroes

*Originally posted on on 31/12/12*