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Here’s a shortlist of the best venues in Ireland according to IMRO

Here’s a shortlist of the best venues in Ireland according to IMRO

Luke Sharkey

It’s that time of year again.

The Irish Musicians Rights Organisation (IMRO) have unveiled the shortlist for their annual Irish music venue of the year, music festival of the year and best venue/festival technical crew of 2018.

Obviously, the competition is extremely tight. Having a look through the nominees illustrates as much. The judging panel will pick one venue/festival from each category during the award ceremony.

Of course, the final say on the overall venue of the year will be the public’s (that means you). You can head on over here to cast your votes on each of the categories. Be sure to have your say before the deadline of 5pm, February 22nd.

The award ceremony will take place in the IMRO HQ on February 26th. The event will feature live performances from Inhaler, Pillow Queens and Moncrieff.

Here’s the full shortlist.


The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Vicar Street, Dublin 8
The Workmans Club, Dublin 2
The Academy, Dublin 1
3Arena, Dublin 1

Rest of Leinster

The Mermaid Theatre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
Boyles of Slane, Co. Meath
The Left Bank, Kilkenny
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth


Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
McGinley’s, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Watters Old Coach Inn, Castleblaney, Co, Monaghan
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal


Cork Opera House, Cork
Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
Live at St Lukes, Cork
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Mike the Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry


Monroes, Galway
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Campbell’s Tavern, Headford, Co. Galway
JJ Harlow’s, Roscommon
Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co. Mayo

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2018

Electric Picnic
Sea Sessions
Forbidden Fruit
All Together Now
Body & Soul
Galway International Arts Festival
Live @ The Iveagh Gardens
Trinity Summer Series

IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2018

Doolin Trad Festival
Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
The Acoustic Yard Festival
Other Voices
Another Love Story
The Secret Village Festival
Kilkenny Roots Festival
Carrick Arts Festival
Groove Festival

IMRO Tech Crew of the Year 2018

Vicar Street
Olympia Theatre
All Toghether Now
Electric Picnic
Forbidden Fruit
The Grand Social
Other Voices
Spiegltent Wexford
The Spirit Store

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