“If you don’t meet a musician in the first bar, you’ll meet one in the second,” declares one of the plethora of Dublin’s music makers we’ve interviewed in this quickfire tour of the Dublin city's music scene. Filmed at this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, which collected 100 of the country’s most promising new acts into a juicy line-up, we’ll have to agree with another one of this video’s talking heads: this is a golden age for Irish music.
Take a spin around Dublin’s key venues with us to pick up tips on what the future of the music scene will look like from those right at the centre of it. Some see a tilt towards electronic music and experimentation, some towards garage, r&b and punk.
Hot picks vary from the YouTube-destroying soul of Hozier to BBC Sound of 2013 alt-popsters Little Green Cars, Pitchfork’s new favourite five-piece September Girls and XLR8R’s Best of 2012, Clu.
Some prefer historic venues such as Whelan’s and the Olympia, while others hang out in techno utopias like the Twisted Pepper. What binds everybody together though, is a cheery optimism that while money is becoming more and more scarce, creativity is reaching ever skywards.