We had chips, we had pizza and most importantly we had the music – Tuesday night saw the official launch the seventh Hard Working Class Heroes festival. To the soundtrack of The Ambience Affair at Road Records, Biggles Flys Again at Freebird Records and a searing set at Tower from And So I Watch You From Afar, the call went out for bands and photographers to take part in this year’s event.
Applications this year will be through FMC’s own ‘Breaking Tunes’ site and is completely free! (log on to www.hwch.net and click on the ‘BANDS APPLY HERE’ button). Closing date for applications is July 30. The judging panel for applications will be made up of writers, A&R and music industry people from around the globe as well as international festival programmers.
Once again, Ireland’s photographers are being called on to submit their finest shots for a chance to feature in the Photographers Exhibition. Photographers’ applications will also be via www.hwch.net – simply click on the ‘PHOTOGRAPHERS APPLY HERE’ button and follow the instructions. A panel of judges including State’s own head honcho Roger Woolman, the editor of The Ticket, the art director of Hot Press and the editor of Candy Magazine will select the images, which will be exhibited in various exhibition and non-exhibition spaces over the weekend.
The festival itself meanwhile takes place over the weekend of Friday 16 / Saturday 17 / Sunday 18 October at the following Dublin venues – Andrew’s Lane Theatre, The Button Factory, Academy 2, Eamon Dorans, Think Tank and Twisted Pepper. Weekend tickets are €40, with day passes €18.50. Details of additional events, as well as this year’s Invasion, are still to be announced.