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Here is the shortlist for the best music venues in Ireland

Here is the shortlist for the best music venues in Ireland


It’s that time of the year again. IMRO, Ireland’s musician’s rights organisation, has today announced its shortlist for the Irish Music Venue of the year award 2019.

There’ll be a total of 9 awards given out at the awards ceremony in Club Twenty Two on February 11th. One for the Dublin, Rest of Leinster, Ulster, Munster, Connacht regions of the country. An award will also be presented for best music festival, best small festival and best tech crew.

Performances on the 11th will come from Soda Blonde, Alex Gough & ELM. An overall, publically voted, venue of the year is also going to be awarded on the night. Readers can head on over here to have their say.

Here’s all the venues, festivals and crews included on the shortlist.


  • Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 2
  • Vicar Street, Dublin 8
  • Arthur’s Blues and Jazz Club, Dublin 8
  • The Old Storehouse, Dublin 2
  • The Underground, Dublin 2


  • Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
  • An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • McGinley’s Bar, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • The Chasin’ Bull, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
  • Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal

Rest Of Leinster

  • The Royal Meath Bar, Navan, Co Meath
  • Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
  • Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
  • The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • The Set Theatre, Kilkenny


  • Coughlan’s Bar & Live Music Venue, Cork
  • Mike the Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry
  • De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
  • Connolly’s of Leap, Co. Cork
  • Crane Lane Theatre, Cork


  • Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co. Mayo
  • The Quays Bar, Galway
  • JJ Harlow’s Bar, Roscommon
  • Anderson’s Live, Sligo
  • Róisín Dubh, Galway

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2019

  • All Together Now
  • Body & Soul
  • Electric Picnic
  • Longitude
  • Féile ’19
  • Galway International Arts Festival
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • Sea Sessions
  • Live @ The Iveagh Gardens
  • Sligo Live

IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2019

  • Clonakility International Guitar Festival
  • It Takes A Village
  • Claremorris Folk Festival
  • K-Fest Arts Festival
  • Another Love Story
  • The Acoustic Yard Festival
  • Sounds from a Safe Harbour
  • Ireland Music Week
  • Kilkenny Tradfest
  • Doolin Folk Festival

IMRO Tech Crew of the Year 2019

  • Coughlan’s Live Bar and Music Venue
  • Axis Arts Centre and Theatre
  • BelloBar
  • Sea Sessions
  • Other Voices
  • Beatyard
  • Live at St. Luke’s
  • The Sugar Club
  • Olympia Theatre
  • The Academy