Hard Working Class Heroes takes place across Dublin this weekend, 7 – 9 of October. It has become an integral part of Irish music in recent years allowing artists to showcase their talents.
It all takes place across a variety on venues; Andrews Lane Theatre, The Button Factory, The Mercantile, The Grand Social (formerly Pravda), The Sweeney Mongrel, Twisted Pepper and The Workmans Club.
There are always going to be great new discoveries but here’s a quick few personal recommendations of acts not to be missed:
Kill Krinkle Club (Twisted Pepper, 9.10 – 9.40): The Irish-Swedish duo recently released their very enjoyable debut album Abandon full of broody atmospheric electronic/synth-pop.
Nouveaunoise (The Grand Social, 11.30 – 12.00): These guys have a great reputation for a live show, expect lots of lush and infectious electro.
Conor Mason (Twisted Pepper, 7.30 – 8.00): The Derry native released When It’s Over in 2009 yet it’s only recently I’ve discovered the virtues of his soft, sweet and melodic indie/folk.
The Lost Brothers (Twisted Pepper,10.30 – 11.00 ): Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech released the brilliant Trails of the Lonely (Part I & III) in 2008. It’s full of timeless meticulously crafted acoustic folk songs with beautiful vocal harmonies, expect the same.
We Are Losers (The Workman’s Club, 8.00 – 8.30): The latest side project from Super Extra Bonus Party guitarist Gavin Elsted. It’s a big shift to absorbing, warm, scuzzy indie designed to paste smiles on faces.
Kid Karate (The Mercantile, 9.00 – 9.30): This duo make very loud, abrasive and scuzzy rock n roll. They were excellent supporting The Rags earlier this year, expecting big things from their forthcoming EP.
The Cast of Cheers (The Workman’s Club, 11.45 – 12.30): The Swords quartet literally came out of nowhere earlier in the year with debut album Chariot and are proving to be one of Ireland’s finest emerging rock talents.