IMRO Live Music Venue Awards!


by James Fleming

The ninth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place in IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 21.

The shortlist was announced this morning via the IMRO Building by Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive).

More than 11,500 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues for the shortlist.

Victor Finn said: “A strong live music circuit is the lifeblood of a vibrant music industry.  It is important that we acknowledge those venue owners and festivals promoters whose commitment, passion and support for live music throughout the country enables music creators to continue making the music we all enjoy”.

During the ceremony on February 21, an award will be presented to the winning venue of each of the following regions: Dublin, Leinster (excluding Dublin), Connacht, Munster and Ulster (Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan). And an overall award will be presented to IMRO National Live Music Venue Of The Year Award.

Live music fans need only log on to to vote for their favourite venue!

The ceremony will also see the presentation of Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year via The Readers Poll which is contributed to by Hot Press readers and can be viewed here:

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2016 Shortlist

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Abner Browns, Dublin 6

Whelan’s, Dublin 2

3Arena, Dublin 1

Vicar Street, Dublin 8

The Academy, Dublin 1

IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

National Opera House, Wexford

The Set Theatre, Kilkenny

The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

The Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co. Mayo

Monroe’s, Galway

The Quays, Galway

JJ Harlows, Roscommon

The Venue, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Connolly’s of Leap, Cork

Coughlan’s, Cork

DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

The White Horse, Ballingcollig, Co. Cork

University Concert Hall, Limerick

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

McGinley’s, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Mc Kenna’s Bar, Monaghan

Hotel Kilmore, Cavan

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2016

Body & Soul




Sea Sessions

Electric Picnic


Cork Jazz Festival

St Patrick’s Festival Dublin

Galway Arts Festival

IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2016

Another Love Story


Other Voices

Willie Clancy Summer School

Doolin Folk Festival

Sligo Live

Kilkenny Trad Fest

Acoustic Yard Festival

BD Festival Wicklow

Dublin Fringe Festival

IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award 2016



Vicar Street

Other Voices

The Olympia Theatre

National Concert Hall

The Grand Social

Electric Picnic


Body & Soul

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