Friday 23 February 2018

Electric Picnic and Kilkenny Roots Festival amongst winners at IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards

Kodaline fans at the Electric Picnic main stage. Picture: Tony Kinlan.
Kodaline fans at the Electric Picnic main stage. Picture: Tony Kinlan.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Popular venue Dolans, Limerick won the top award at the seventh annual IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation headquarters in Dublin on Tuesday night.

RTE’s Paddy McKenna hosted the awards where Dolans won the National LIve Music Venue of the Year Award, which was voted for by the public.

Keith Donald, IMRO Chairman said “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”.

Other winners in the regional categories include:

Dublin – Vicar St, Dublin

Rest of Leinster – Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, Kilkenny

Munster – University Concert Hall, Limerick

Ulster – Voodoo Venue, Letterkenny

Connacht – Matt Molloy’s, Mayo

Also nabbing accolades for IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Best Small Live Music Festival 2014 were Electric Picnic and Kilkenny Roots Festival respectively.

Performances on the night came from The Minutes, Lethal Dialect and Jack O’ Rourke.

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special commendations, presenting awards to 5th On Teeling in Sligo, Whelan’s in Dublin and 3Arena.

He said: “Live music is more important than ever for musicians and bands – so it is crucial they have the best possible venues to play in. The IMRO Live Music Venue Awards are a fantastic platform for recognising all of the amazing work that is happening all over Ireland, in creating those essential opportunities for musicians.

“Great venues are really important in creating scenes and both 5th On Teeling in Sligo and Whelan’s in Dublin – who are the recipients of a special Lifetime Achievement Award from Hot Press to mark the end of their 25th Anniversary celebrations – fit that description perfectly.

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