Hard Working Class Heroes, Ireland’s annual showcase festival and conference for new music, is inviting submissions for this year's event which takes place in October.

HWCH returns to the streets and venues of Dublin over three days this October from Thursday October 3 to Saturday October 5.

Bands and artists who have played at the event, which is now in its eleventh year, have included The Strypes, Fionn Regan, Villagers, Halves and Delorentos all of whom have gone on to land label or publishing deals.

The festival is once again calling on Ireland’s musicians, bands and singer-songwriters to apply for the chance to play and take part in the internationally-recognized event.

Applications will be through First Music Contact’s own Breaking Tunes site. Go to http://hwch.net/ and click on the “BANDS APPLY HERE” button. Closing date for applications is July 26. The judging panel for applications will be made up of music industry professionals from around the globe as well as international festival programmers.

Organisers today also launched the inaugural Hard Working Class Heroes Digital, a new part of the festival which aims to “directly mirror for tech companies working in the entertainment sector what HWCH does for music.”

HWCH Digital will provide 25 selected companies the chance to pitch to VCs and investors over the weekend as well as have access to mentoring, panels and tip sessions the same way bands have over the past ten years.

The festival website will provide constant updates on the festival as it unfolds in the lead up to the event this October.

Early bird tickets are available now at a reduced rate via www.entertainment.ie/tickets priced at €35 + booking fees. Offer lasts until July 26 Weekend Tickets are €45.00 plus fees, Nightly Tickets are €20 plus fees.