We recently closed our annual call for applications with over 400 artists applying to perform at this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival. We also announced the first wave of speakers attending this year’s conference and today, we’re delighted to announce a further 11 industry delegates to the line up. We’ll be announcing a third wave of speakers in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, you can read about the speakers already announced here.
The incredibly impressive second round of speakers announced today includes Geoff Travis (founder of Rough Trade Records), Ryan Leas (features writer at Stereogum), Andrea Madden (music supervisor for Channel 4’s Made In Chelsea), Martin Hewett (founder of On The Beach Music), Claire Southwick (founder of Primitive Management & member of MMF UK), Erika Elliott (executive artistic director at City Parks & Central Park SummerStage), Will Vincent (publicist at Prescription PR), Dominic Bastyra (founder of Wake The Town / Theodore), Mikey B. Rishwain (music director at M for Montreal), Ruth Barlow (head of live at Beggars Group) and Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1 specialist music presenter and host on VEVO).
Other speakers already announced include Adam Ryan (head booker for The Great Escape), Casper Mills (UK/Ireland programmer for SXSW), Evelyn Sieber (head of showcase at Reeperbahn Festival), Lisa Hresko (associate member relations manager at A2IM), Marc Ventosa (booking manager at Last Tour), Oskar Strajn (booker at Eurosonic Noorderslag), Sarah Besnard (agent at ATC Live), Jason Edwards (booking agent at CODA), Laura Parker (freelance writer, contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times), Darryn King (freelance writer, contributor to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Guardian) and John Seabrook (staff writer at The New Yorker, author of The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory).
The weekend will see a mixture of workshops, discussions and panels, which are ever important year on year for bands and musicians at all levels to meet with people one-to-one who can make a difference as their career develops. Journalist, Jim Carroll will, once again, host the discussions. The development of the calibre of delegates and the topics covered throughout the conference have earned HWCH the local and international reputation for being a must-attend event for anyone working in music in Europe. We’ll be announcing the line up of those selected to play at HWCH 2017 in mid-August so stay tuned to the HWCH Twitter, Facebook & Instagram pages for more updates throughout the month.
Tickets (incl. charges) via Eventbrite are priced as follows: Conference & Weekend Live €55.00 // Weekend Live €35.00 // Conference €25.00 // Nightly Live €25.00 // Single Venue €12.00
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* The conference is free to all musicians with a Breaking Tunes profile. Present your profile link on the door and you can attend all the conference events for free, including the opening night networking event at the Chocolate Factory.
|| Launch of Ireland Week with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar ||
On July 13th, our CEO, Angela Dorgan, joined An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, Minster for Culture, Heather Humphreys, the inimitable Panti Bliss and the driving force behind this trade and cultural initiative, Buzz O’Neill, to officially launch Ireland Week.
Ireland Week aims to bring Ireland to the world and the world back to Ireland by showcasing Ireland’s creativity and cultural offerings. The event will take place in Los Angeles from October 16th-21st with the CONNECT353 conference, the key event of the week, taking place on October 18th and 19th.
Music from Ireland, as the Irish Music Export Office, will be there showcasing the best and most exciting musicians and bands that Ireland has to offer. We’ll be highlighting why Ireland is such an important country on the music industry map and how, despite our small size, we compete so strongly on the international stage, continuously producing incredible musicians, singer-songwriters and bands year on year.
For more information, check out the Ireland Week website here.
On July 20th, we took over the Wood Quay Amphitheatre and proudly presented Fontaines and Loahto a hugely receptive lunchtime audience. Fontaines blew the audience away with a blistering set including their current single ‘Liberty Belle’ and new track ‘Hurricane Laughter’, which is set for release in October of this year. Loah mesmerized all in attendance and soothed their souls with her unique blend of ‘artsoul’. Her set included tracks from her debut EP ‘This Heart’, such as ‘The Bailey’, as well as a beautiful rendition of ‘Cortège’, sang in Sherbro, the melodic language of Sherbro island in Sierra Leone where her grandfather originates.
You can watch videos of both of their performances here.
|| FMC at MONTO Picnic 2017 ||
On July 13th, we partnered up with Dublin City Council for this year’s MONTO Picnic in Liberty Park, which is situated in the historic Monto quarter of Dublin 1. The event was run by the MONTO Arts group, a collective of studios, galleries, residency and workspace providers, educators and cultural producers who have teamed up to effect change in Dublin 1 by making art more visible to those who live and work in the area. The Circe Pavillion was created especially for this year’s MONTO Picnic and provided an excellent space for some wonderful performances from Tiz McNamara, Naoise Roo & Cult Called Man.
Check out our FMC Facebook page here for videos of each performance.
Listen to the full playlist here.
If you missed June’s playlist, click here.
|| Discover New Irish Music ||
Check out all the new artists recently added to our Breaking Tunes site. With nearly 15,000 Irish musicians, bands and singer-songwriters signed up since we launched, there’s over 13,000 tracks on the site for you to discover. If you and your band haven’t already signed up, you can sign up here and get your music heard by those in the industry.
|| Delegate Badges ||
Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival takes place from September 20th to 23rd with over 500 gigs from international artists taking place across the weekend. If you’d like to avail of a discounted industry badge (€160 instead of €240), please drop us an email to email@example.com.
|| Applications Open ||
Don’t forget that applications for next year’s Canadian Music Week, Eurosonic & SXSW festivals are now open so get applying if you and your band would like the chance to play at any of these international showcase festivals.
Applications for Eurosonic Noorderslag 2018 will close on September 1st. Click here to apply. Applications for SXSW 2018 will close on October 20th and you can apply here. If you apply by September 8th, you’ll be able to avail of a discounted fee of $35 (€30). After September 9th, the application fee is $55 (€46). You have until January 7th of next year to apply for CMW 2018. It costs $40 (€34) up until October 27th, after which you’ll have to pay $62 (€42). Click here to apply.
|| Need Advice? ||
FMC offer a free consultancy service to all musicians at any stage of their career. We can help you to plan and navigate your way through the music industry. Got a publishing deal and wondering if it’s the right deal for you? Or maybe you’ve just started making music and you’re wondering how to get your track heard by people in the industry? We can help! If you’d like to book a consultancy with Angela, just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01 675 0530. We’d love to hear from you!