3 Days. 7 venues. 104 acts. 3,500 minutes of music. As Dublin’s most exciting festival for new music gears up for its twelfth year, Sean Hayes takes a look at some of the must-see names gracing the stage at this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes


2nd October – The Workman’s Club – 10.40pm

Carriages are a truly exciting act. Formed in 2012, the Dublin based producer and singer-songwriter folk duo have, quite literally, stepped outside the box when it comes to unearthing their musical inspiration. Carriages build their sound from field recordings of parks, beaches, museums and the inner city. These seemingly mundane and inconsequential sounds are then spun into elaborate beats, accompanied by intricate guitar work and gentle vocals, resulting in a completely unique sound. Carriages have weaved together old-style folk music with modern technology to create something that will, undoubtedly appease both the visual and aural needs of their audience.


3rd October – Bad Bobs – 10.40pm

Color//Sound’s debut single only landed in June 2014, but the Dublin based, alternative rock band have already asserted themselves in the bubbling Irish music scene. Having supported the likes of Cathy Davey, Villagers and Little Matador over the past year, Color//Sound shine with iridescent energy and are set for an even brighter future. Combining four part harmonies, rhythmic guitar and infectious hooks, Color//Sound is guaranteed to be bring a fun performance, in the distinctive setting of Bad Bobs. 

little xs for eyes

3rd October – The Grand Social – 10.50pm

little xs for eyes are as quirky and fun as they sound. Quoted as having taken their inspiration from the tales of tragic heroes and failed lovers, they put their own spin on such topics to create something truly fun and uplifting. Having released their debut album, S.A.D, in 2011, the six-person group have kindled the rising fire of intrigue circling them for some time now. Creating their signature sound through layered harmonies, elaborate vocal arrangements and gentle accompaniment on everything from guitars to xylophones, the quirky group are sure to create that toe-tapping set for which a Friday night is made.



4th October – The Workman’s Club – 10.40pm

Meltybrains? are a regular fixture on the festival scene, having just played the main Body & Soul stage at this years Electric Picnic. Rumours of actual brain mutilation are yet to be confirmed, but they’ve been lauded for their captivating and enthralling stage performances. With nuances of hip-hop, rock and modern classical music floating within their creative sphere, their sound is both bizarre and unique. Having released a number of critically acclaimed EPs, Meltybrains? pride themselves on being not quite like any other band on the scene today, a fitting description for the closing band on Saturday night.

These top-class acts will also be joined by the three ‘Heroes’, alumni of previous HWCH festivals, who will headline the Meeting House Squares. These acts are to be announced September 19th.

Tickets are available now on www.entertainment.ie/hwch14. Weekend tickets for HWCH are €45 + booking fees with day tickets available at €20 + booking fees. Tickets allow access to all venues and stages.