A music blog from Ireland.
Thursday sees the first batch of Hard Working Class Heroes bands take to Dublin’s streets figuratively and literally too. It’s not all about the nightshows in venues like The Button Factory, Grand Social, Twisted Pepper and Workman’s Club: all-ages shows have been organised across town, in restaurants, shops, stores and universities. Bands will take the floor for short bursts of song at these outlets which include Spies at DIT, Owensie in Simon’s Place and loads, loads more besides. If you’re stuck for who to see, these in-stores provide an opportunity to check out an artist that clashes on the schedule later the same night.
One really cool initiative this year is the Independent Record Label Fair in Curved Street from 10-6 on Saturday 8 October. Quarter Inch Collective‘s Ian Maleney had the bright idea of getting a load of stalls up selling new independent releases to coincide with the celebration of new music in the city. He fired off the mails, brought it all together and bounced the idea at FMC who approved it as an official addition to HWCH11. If you can’t join ‘em in Brooklyn you may as well beat ‘em!
“This Saturday at Hard Working Class Heroes, 14 Irish indie labels will be setting up shop on Curved Street in Temple Bar to sell some records, tapes, CDs, t-shirts and stuff like that. Do come along and peruse the stalls, listen to some cool music, have a chat or bring some warm beverages.”
The labels taking part are:
10am-2pm :: Quarter Inch (Estel, Turning Down Sex, Ginola), Popical Island (Tieranniesaur, Groom, Land Lovers Yeh Deadlies), The Delphi Label (Deaf Joe, Sacred Animals, We Cut Corners), Long Lost (Desperado, Hipster Youth, Western Homes), Skinny Wolves (Cap Pas Cap, Somadrone), Osaka (Hunter-Gatherer, Patrick Kelleher, Thread Pulls)& Out On A Limb (Crayonsmith, Owensie, Windings).
2pm-6pm :: Smalltown America Records (Fighting With Wire, LaFaro), Psychonavigation Records (Anodyne, Cuttooth), CF Records (Cloud Nothings, Mt Eerie,Sea Pinks), Rubyworks (Fight Like Apes, The Minutes, Rodrigo y Gabriela), All-City Dublin (Daedelus, Falty DL, Hudson Mohawke, Onra) Eleven Eleven Label (Alarmist, Friend?, Overhead The Albatross) and the Richter Collective (Adebisi Shank, ASIWYFA, BATS).”
Another feature of HWCH is that its considered an entertainment industry fixture, not only inviting high-profile names of the international music business to assess the talent on offer in Ireland, but also providing budding musicians with free mentoring sessions and advice panels to make more of their music. And not forgetting those who work on the sidelines, twelve of the most promising music photographers at work in Irish music have been chosen by the event guide Le Cool for the photography exhibition that will be showing at Shebeen Chic on South George’s Street. Much as I hate to say it, this could be your last chance to hang at Shebeen as you know it.
All of the above events are free. Tickets to the Hard Working Class Heroes nightly live music concerts are on sale from entertainment.ie now at €20 for a single night pass and €45 for a weekend (excl. booking fees).
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