- 11 Feb 20
The IMRO Live Music Venue Awards took place on 11th Februrary at Twenty Two, in Dublin.
On 11th February, the IMRO Live Venue of the Year Awards winners were announced at Twenty Two, South Anne St., Dublin. Venues are an incredibly important part of Ireland's music scene and the much deserved recognition came along with some incredible performances.
The IMRO Chairman Eleanor McEvoy said of the annual event: “We are gifted in Ireland to have such a vibrant and eclectic music scene, the backbone of which is our magnificent live music sector. The important role that venues and festivals make is all too often overlooked, but we feel it is vital to acknowledge venues big and small across the country and to celebrate the individuals whose hard work and commitment help our music industry to thrive. From a musician’s first performance, right through to an internationally renowned headline artist, these venues and individuals allow music creators to continue making music and bring it to new audiences.”
Winners for the regional categories include:
Dublin – Vicar Street
Rest of Leinster – Kavanagh's Bar & Venue Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Connacht – Róisín Dubh, Galway
Munster – Mike The Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Ulster – Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
Also presented with awards for IMRO Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Small Music Festival 2019 were Electric Picnic and Sounds from A Safe Harbour, respectively.
The crew of Sea Sessions picked up the award for IMRO Tech Crew of the Year.
The IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music accolade was awarded to Angela Dorgan, Director of First Music Contact.
Performances on the night came from the inimitable Soda Blonde, Dublin rapper/producer Alex Gough and alt-pop outfit ELM.
The full list of winners is as follows:
IMRO National Live Venue of the Year 2019 – Coughlan's Live Bar and Music Venue, Cork
IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Vicar Street
IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Kavanagh's Bar & Venue Portlaoise, Co. Laois
IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Mike The Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry
IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2019 – Electric Picnic
IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2019 – Sounds from a Safe Harbour
IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award 2019 – Sea Sessions
IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music – Angela Dorgan, Director, First Music Contact
Hot Press Live Venue of the Year for 2019 – 3Arena