This weekend promises to be a good one for the Irish music scene with an abundance of events happening throughout the country. So if you’re the only one of your friends not going to see Ed Sheeran in the 3Arena this weekend, don’t worry, because there are plenty of other options for you.

The 12th annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival kicks off today in Dublin. From 2nd-4th October, the festival will showcase the talent of Ireland’s emerging musicians by giving stage time to more than 100 acts.

This non-profit festival aims to support new Irish music by bringing local artists into the spotlight. In past years HWCH brought our attention to performers such as the Heathers, Coronas and Tvvins. Just last year, Bray’s Hozier performed at the event before becoming an international hit this summer.

The festival will take place in seven city centre venues; Meeting House Square, The Workman’s Club, The Button Factory, Twisted Pepper, The Grand Social, Bad Bob’s and The Mercantile. There will also be speakers and workshops throughout the weekend to educate people on the current music industry.

HWCH has also organised free gigs in more intimate venues around the city during the daytime. Bands will perform 20 minute slots in the likes of HMV and Oxfam between 12pm and 3.20pm. It is a nice way to spend your lunch break or enhance a wander around town.


MayKay of Fight Like Apes

MayKay of Fight Like Apes


Although you might not recognise many of the artists performing at the festival, with a little bit of research a very enjoyable weekend is in store for you. There is a lot of dance music at this year’s HWCH; Carried By Waves, Planet Parade, Vann Music, Grim and Ghost Estates come highly recommended.

If you were at last year’s HWCH, acts such as Liza Flume, Conor Walsh and The Vincent(s) may be familiar to you, and they are also high on the list of the festival’s must-sees. While God Knows + mynameisjOhn are mandatory viewing if you are rap or R&B fan; this new act may be the success story of this year’s festival. Finally, if you’re a fan of Fight Like Apes or Ham Sandwich, who have been around much longer than most of the other acts, both lady led bands will also be taking part.

The full line up is available at: Tickets are available from and cost €20 for a day ticket, or €45 for a three-day ticket.


HWCH schedule

HWCH schedule


Meanwhile just a few miles away, Dún Laoghaire Music Weekend will be taking place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th. Unlike HWCH, this musical festival is a collaboration of efforts by local bar, restaurant and venue owners to bring some business to Dún Laoghaire town. Over the weekend 30 acts will play throughout 13 venues in the town.

Admission prices for gigs range from nothing, up to €12. It will feature the usual cover bands and singers that are expected of a busy bar on a Friday night, as well as jazz acts and DJs. The headlining artists of the festival are Dublin’s own Le Galaxie and American rock band, Wheatus. Both acts will play in the Whiskey Fair for €12.

Here you will find the full line up:



As part of Limerick City of Culture 2014, Prima Volta weekend will also take place from 3rd to 5th of October. This music and arts festival is organised by a collective of musicians, promoters and producers from the city and aims to showcase acts and labels from around the world, particularly electronic labels and DJs. Events will include performances, film screenings and a block party.

Tomorrow night’s launch event will see Dolan’s Warehouse transformed for an extravagant club night which will host Limerick’s best DJs. For more information go to its Facebook page:

Finally, the Cork Jazz Festival will also be launched tonight with a performance by British funk group, Cymande, in the Sugar Club.