What is Ireland Music Week?

Ireland Music Week is the new name for Hard Working Class Heroes. IMW is an independent festival and music conference dedicated to showcasing the very best new, emerging and export ready artists from across Ireland.

The festival will take place from October 1st to 5th. The IMW Music Conference will take place across the 5 days with the music showcases taking place on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th. The festival will showcase 50 Irish artists in 5 venues across Dublin city centre and the IMW Music Conference will feature panels, workshops and networking sessions with some of the most influential bookers, managers, record labels, booking agents, publishers, music journalists and more.

Like Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavík), The Great Escape (Brighton) and ESNS (Groningen), Ireland Music Week is an event with a proven pedigree when it comes to showcasing new and exciting talent. The key difference is that the global music industry come to IMW to find new Irish acts only.

How do I/we get to play it?

You can apply to play the festival by creating a profile on Breaking Tunes & applying through the 'Opportunities' section on your Dashboard. Apply


When do I need to apply by?

Applications will open on Thursday, May 16th and close at 23.59pm on Sunday, June 16th.


How do the booking team select who gets to showcase?

Our panel of national and international judges are hand picked from across the global music industry. The judges include festival bookers, labels, managers, music journalists, publishers, booking agents, and many more. The highest rated artists from each judge go forward to make up the final line-up.


How are the applications judged?

The judging criteria is split into 5 categories:

  • Songwriting ability

  • Quality of songs

  • Quality of recording

  • Gut feeling

  • Export-readiness


Will I receive feedback if I'm not successful in my application?

All of our judges are required to provide feedback on the artists in their categories. The feedback will be constructive and will give you a better chance of successfully applying in the future. You will receive details by email about how and when you can access your feedback.  

When do I find out if I got selected or not?

If you've applied, you’ll receive an email in early August to let you know if your application was successful or not.


Any advice on applying?

It may sound obvious but put your best foot forward to give yourself the best possible chance. Please make sure your Breaking Tunes profile is completely up to date, your biography is short & to the point/interesting, your photos are of the highest possible quality/resolution and all your social media and streaming links are working properly. As well as looking at and reviewing your application form, the judges will also be looking at and reviewing your Breaking Tunes profile so it is important that you present it to them at its very best. It is also important to demonstrate how a slot at IMW fits into your plan for 2019/2020 and beyond.


Is there a fee to apply?



When will the conference delegates be announced?

The first wave of conference delegates will be announced in June, the second in July and the third in August.


When will the lineup be announced?

The 50 showcasing artists will be announced in August.


When will tickets go on sale?

Tickets will go on sale in June via Eventbrite.


When will the day-by-day schedule be announced?

The day-by-day schedule will be announced in September.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes. To attend the IMW showcases, ticket holders must be over 18. Those under the age of 18 can attend the IMW Music Conference.


What if I have more questions?

If your question has not been answered here, please email info@irelandmusicweek.com or call us on +353 16750529 / +353 16750530


How can I stay up to date with IMW?

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