The IMRO live music venue awards took place last night in IMRO HQ on Pembroke Row in Dublin. It was the tenth edition of the awards recognising Irish venues and festivals.

The main prize was the National Live Music Venue of the Year 2017 , which was decided by public vote and went to Mike The Pies, Listowel Co Kerry.

The awards were voted for by over 12,000 IMRO members and the winners on the  night were:

Dublin – Whelan’s

Rest of Leinster – The Set Theatre

Connacht – Roisin Dubh

Munster – Connolly’s Of Leap

Ulster – Leo’s Tavern

IMRO Music Festival of the Year – Electric Picnic

IMRO Small Live Music Festival 2017   – Another Love Story

 IMRO Tech Crew of the Year -Vicar St

The IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music accolade was awarded this year to Willie Meighan, formally proprietor of Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny, who sadly passed away in November 2017, aged just 48. Willie’s beloved partner Aisling and Willie’s family members were at the ceremony to accept this special Award.

Le Boom, Chasing Abbey and Wild Youth also performed.

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special commendations, presenting awards to Vicar St Hot Press Live Venue of the Year for 2018 / INEC, Killarney and Kavanagh’s of Portlaoise.