Now en­rolling for the Class of 2011

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - lmur­phy@irish­times.com By Lau­ren Mur­phy

The ninth Hard Work­ing Class Heroes fes­ti­val was launched last night with a gig fea­tur­ing Belfast five-piece Morn­ing Claws at Dublin’s Grand So­cial venue. Bands in­ter­ested in play­ing this year’s event can sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tion via Break­ing­Tunes.com from now un­til July 16th.

The fes­ti­val – run by First Mu­sic Con­tactin con­junc­tion with Wrong Tape Speed Pro­duc­tions – al­lows signed and un­signed bands to ply their wares for lo­cals and in­ter­na­tional guests. There are also panel dis­cus­sions, acous­tic sets and a pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion.

HWCH runs from Oc­to­ber 6th-8th in the But­ton Fac­tory, the Grand So­cial, the Mer­can­tile, She­been Chic, Twisted Pep­per and the Work­man’s Club. An­gela Dor­gan of FMC said she was con­fi­dent HWCH 2011 could build on last year’s suc­cess. “I think the suc­cesses of the past have ig­nited a flame in new Ir­ish mu­sic that is only go­ing to get brighter,” she said. “We’ve also been able to bring in in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val book­ers thanks to Cul­ture Ire­land, and that makes a huge dif­fer­ence to spread­ing the Ir­ish story abroad.” www.hwch.net

Put to work: Morn­ing Claws

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