IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards

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IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards
Awarded for Best venues from the Republic of Ireland
Presented by Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
First awarded 2008

The IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards are annual awards which are presented by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) in conjunction with Hot Press and MUZU TV. The awards were first given in 2008.[1]

Format[edit]

IMRO's members select their three favourite music venues in Ireland.[1] 400 venues are said to be eligible for the awards and included are theatres and public houses.[2] The winning venues are then shortlisted for the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards.[1] The Hot Press Readers Award for Best Live Music Venue is voted on by the public on the magazine's website.[1] Several factors determine the winners: these include "ambience, staging, sound and lighting, programming, staff and promotion".:[3]

History[edit]

2008[edit]

The winning venues were announced during The Music Show at the RDS in Dublin.[1]

Shortlist[edit]

The nominations by region with the winners in bold:[4][5]

Dublin Rest of Leinster Munster Connacht Ulster (Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan)
Olympia Theatre
Tripod
Vicar Street
Whelan's
The Button Factory
The Stables, Mullingar
Birr Theatre and Arts Centre
Spirit Store, Dundalk
McHugh's of Drogheda
The Mermaid Theatre, Bray
INEC, Killarney
The Forum, Waterford
Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Cork Opera House
Glór Theatre, Ennis
The Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo
McGarrigle's, Sligo
Róisín Dubh, Galway
The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon
The Station House Theatre, Galway
The Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney
An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny
Chasin' Bull, Bundoran
McGrory's, Culdaff
The Brewery (McKenna's), Monaghan

Hot Press awards went to Cyprus Avenue, Cork, The Stables, Mullingar and Vicar Street, Dublin.[5] Vicar Street received an award for Overall National Winner.[5]

2009[edit]

The 2009 IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards were launched by Danny O'Reilly of The Coronas and Julie Feeney on 21 October.[2] The awards ceremony occurred on 1 December, at IMRO HQ in Dublin.[6]

Shortlist[edit]

The nominations by region with the winners in bold:[7][8]

Dublin Rest of Leinster Munster Connacht Ulster (Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan)
Crawdaddy
Olympia Theatre
The O2
Vicar Street
Whelan's
The Backroom, Navan
The Late Lounge, Kill
Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Spirit Store, Dundalk
The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick[9]
The Everyman Theatre, Cork
INEC, Killarney
The Pavilion, Cork
Campbell's Tavern, Headford
Crane Bar, Galway
Róisín Dubh, Galway
Royal Theatre & Event Centre, Castlebar
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Balor Arts Centre
An Grianan, Letterkenny
Iontas, Castleblayney
McGrory's, Culdaff
Ramor Theatre, Cavan

The Hot Press award went to Cyprus Avenue in Cork.[8]

2010[edit]

The 2010 IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards were launched on 3 October.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS". IMRO. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "IMRO Launch Second Live Music Venue Awards". entertainment.ie. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Kevin Courtney (10 November 2009). "Dublin's O2 a contender for live music venue award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 January 2010. Winners are chosen according to a number of criteria including ambience, staging, sound and lighting, programming, staff and promotion. 
  4. ^ "IMRO reveal shortlist for Live Venue Awards". Hot Press. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2008". IMRO. 29 October 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2009 SHORTLIST OF VENUES ANNOUNCED". Irish Music. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "IMRO reveal Live Music Awards 2009 shortlist". Hot Press. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS". IMRO. 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Top honours for live music venue". Limerick Independent. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2010 launched". Hot Press. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.