Category: Festivals – Hard Working Class Heroes

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

Hard Working Class Heroes part 2

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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!

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Spies

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Daithi

Hard Working Class Heroes part 1

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Hozier

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.

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Plutonic Dust

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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.

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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.

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Biggles Flys Again

Hard Working Class Heroes 2012

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The fabulous Elaine Mai at Hard Working Class Heroes

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Ghost Estates at Hard Working Class Heroes

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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.

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The Strypes at Hard Working Class Heroes

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Hudson Taylor at Hard Working Class Heroes

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Heritage Centre at Hard Working Class Heroes

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The Dirty 9s at Hard Working Class Heroes

*Originally posted on www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 31/12/12*