It’s almost time for the annual three day celebration of Irish music that is Hard Working Class Heroes and once again State has scoured the schedule to bring you our pick of the 100 acts playing across eight venues. The likes of Bitch Falcon, Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, The Blizzards and Talos you’ll already know, so we wanted to delve a little deeper for our pick of the bunch…
Alana Henderson (Wigwam, 9.10pm – Thurs 6th)
Striking cello led sounds from Belfast.
Dammy Ari (Chocolate Factory Stage 1, 10pm – Sat 8th)
Lyrically and musically smart hip-hop with a reggae feel.
Ele (The Chocolate Factory Stage 1, 9pm – Fri 7th)
Still very much under the radar, grab an opportunity to see one of the stars of 2017 in an intimate setting.
Erica Cody (Chocolate Factory Stage 1, 10pm – Thurs 6th)
Soulful singer-songwriter coming into her own.
Hail The Ghost (Workman’s Club, 9.10pm – Fri 7th)
Alternative sounds with an eye for the bigger stage.
Hiva Oa (Tengu Downstairs, 8.20pm – Sat 7th)
Pop music with an experimental edge.
Junk Drawer (Chocolate Factory Stage 2, 7.30opm – Fri 7th)
Belfast collective channel left of centre guitar music.
Le Boom (Tengu Upstairs, 8.50pm – Sat 8th)
One of the best live dance experiences in town.
New Portals (Tengu Upstairs, 8.50pm – Sat 8th)
Pure synth pop magic from Belfast duo (pictured).
Pale Rivers (Workman’s Club, 7.50pm – Fri 7th)
Having impressed us greatly last year, a return visit on the back of their equally pleasing debut single.
Search Party Animal (Workman’s Club, 8.30pm – Thurs 6th)
New name for the Dublin indie band, same rattlingly energetic approach.
Slow Riot (The Hub, 8.10pm – Fri 7th)
Faces of ’16 bring their dark post-punk to the capital.
Soulé (Tengu Upstairs, 8.10pm – Fri 7th)
Nu-soul meets old school beats.
Super Silly (Tengu Upstairs, 9.30pm – Fri 7th)
Brand new R&B supergroup in the making.
Tebi Rex (Tengu Upstairs, 7.30pm – Fri 7th)
Electro driven hip-hop duo who tore up the Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic.
The Fontaines (The Hub, 8.50pm – Thurs 6th)
Buddy Holly meets the Ramomes in a splendidly raucous fashion.
Touts (The Hub, 9.30pm – Fri 7th)
Teenage punk kicks from Derry (where else?).
Wastefellow (Tengu Upstairs, 11.30pm – Sat 8th)
Hip-hop influenced electro beats from Dublin producer.
Wesen (Tengu Downstairs, 8.20pm – Thurs 6th)
Icelandic duo fly the flag as one of two special guests.
Young Earth (Wigwam, 9.50pm – Thurs 6th)
Sparky indie pop types from Dublin.