Monday 5 December 2016

IMRO announces winners of Live Music Venue of the Year awards

Published 17/02/2016 | 10:56

Kim O'Callaghan, Zarr Samad and Sarah Cox from Festival Republic accepting the IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year Award on behalf of Longitude.
Kim O'Callaghan, Zarr Samad and Sarah Cox from Festival Republic accepting the IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year Award on behalf of Longitude.

IMRO has announced the winners of the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards with a Kilkenny hotspot wining the top gong.

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The Set Theatre, Kilkenny was named IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year 2015 following a public vote.

IMRO Chairman Keith Donald said of the awards, voted by over 11,000 IMRO members, “This is our annual chance to give a really big thank-you to promoters and venues across the country. The work they do is invaluable, as young bands and artists can’t build up an audience without them”.

In the regional categories Whelans, Wexford Street came up trumps in dublin while The Spirit Store Dundalk won for Rest of Leinster.

Levi's in Ballydehob won for Munster while the Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran won for Ulster and in Connaught the winner was Monroes, Galway.

Other Voices won IMRO Best Small Live Music Festival while Longitude bagged IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year.

Two new awards were also introduced this year.  Best Live Music Crew was presented to the gang in Vicar Street while Úna Molloy (Turning Pirate) was presented with her award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Music 2015.

The awards took place at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin on Tuesday night and performances came courtesy of The Academic, Saint Sister and Rocstrong.

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also presented awards to Cork venue Coughlans, Dolans in Limerick and the Hot Press People’s Choice Award for Live Venue went to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

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