Here is the shortlist for the best venues in Ireland according to the IMRO awards

The tenth IMRO live music venue awards will take place at the IMRO HQ in Dublin on Tuesday, February 20th. Le Boom and Chasing Abbey will be performing on the night alongside another act to be announced.

Hundreds of venues from all around the country were considered by 11,500 IMRO members to celebrate the hard work and dedication of those who work in the live music industry.

“Over the years these Awards have become a much sought-after industry accolade. They clearly highlight the pivotal contribution that venues and festivals make to local economies and the significant role they play in providing a public platform for Irish songwriters and performers”. – says Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

One overall award will be presented to the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. The public can vote from a selection of 25 venues across the country here before February 16th.

There will also be an award for Hot Press Live Music Venue of the year. You can vote for this award at HotPress.ie.

Here are last year’s winners.

The categories and shortlists are as follows:

Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2017

Vicar Street
The Olympia Theatre
The Grand Social
The Workman’s Club

Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2017

Wexford Arts Centre
The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow
TLT Theatre, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2017

Róisín Dubh, Galway
Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co Mayo
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
The Angler’s Rest, Kinlough, Co. Leitrim
The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2017

Connolly’s of Leap, Co. Cork
Coughlan’s, Cork
Kenny’s Bar, Lahinch, Co. Clare
Kazbar, Waterford
Mike The Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2017

Mc Kenna’s Bar, Monaghan
Hotel Kilmore, Cavan
The Chasin’ Bull, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Leo’s Tavern, Donegal
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Music Festival of the Year 2017

Electric Picnic
Body & Soul
St. Patrick’s Festival
Galway International Arts Festival
Forbidden Fruit
Life Festival
Live at Iveagh Gardens
Sea Sessions

Small Music Festival of the Year 2017

Other Voices
West Cork Chamber Music Festival
BD Festival
Sligo Live
Sounds From A Safe Harbour
Another Love Story
Hard Working Class Heroes
Kilkenny Trad Fest

Tech Crew of the Year Award 2017

Vicar Street
National Concert Hall
The Grand Social
The Olympia Theatre
Electric Picnic
Other Voices
Body & Soul
Coughlan’s, Cork
The Set Theatre

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