HWCH: Ones To Watch

With the 2016 edition of Hard Working Class Heroes fast approaching, here is a list of the acts that you need to go see at the festival. HWCH is a three day music festival in Dublin's city centre taking place on Thursday 6th / Friday 7th / Saturday 8th October 2016.

Ailbhe Reddy

A firm favourite at The OB, Ailbhe Reddy is a Dublin based indie pop artist whose sound is constantly growing after a transition to a full band set up. Her debut single 'Distrust' was released earlier in the year to rave reviews and she has just come off the main stage at Body & Soul in Electric Picnic.


Basciville are one of the strongest indie bands in Ireland at the moment, always impressive live this band is well worth your time at HWCH 2016. Catchy hooks and a relaxed lyrical style provide the Wexford band with something truly special.

Bitch Falcon

The name says it all! Bitch Falcon will provide you with high energy rock from beginning to end. Having seen this band perform at Other Voices last year they are one not to miss!


Elm are one of Ireland's best bands at the moment, in my opinion. Interesting vocals with a strong frontman this band have just come off an appearance at Electric Picnic that drew a crowd even in the rain.

Maija Sofia

An act full of creativity and a definite style, Maija Sofia is one of the more unique Irish artists to appear on the scene. Her low-fi sound and honest lyrics are something that sets her apart from the other singer-songwriters in Ireland.

Maria Kelly

This Bimm student has really carved her name as one of Ireland's brightest up-coming musicians. Having played Other Voices last year and delivering a stunning set at The Ruby Sessions Maria Kelly is somebody you will kick yourself for not seeing live!


Maybe the most charismatic man in Ireland ROCSTRONG delivers a high tempo blend of rock influenced Hip Hop that is best experienced in a live environment.

Rosie Carney

A voice that grabs you and pulls at your emotions, Donegal based Rosie Carney is a special talent that blends her honest lyrics with a vintage style that is destined for great things.

The Ocelots

Another Wexford band, these brothers deliver country influenced folk music that is sure to impress.

Wyvern Lingo

Harmonies, driving guitar hooks and strong vocals. What else could you want to see at HWCH 2016. Wyvern Lingo deliver all of this and are a band you should put at the top of your list to see this year.

Ciaran O'Brien

Founder of The OB, Ciaran is also a cameraman and video editor that has an obsession with all things music. He created The OB Sessions in 2014 and set up The OB Blog in 2015.

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