The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) hosted the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards last night and there were two winners.
Now in its twelfth year, the awards took place at the new location of Twenty Two, South Anne Street, Dublin.
The short list of nominees were selected by over 13,500 IMRO members with a public vote then awarding the National Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 accolade to Coughlan’s Live Bar and Music Venue, Cork.
Returning to Laois are two winners, with Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue Portlaoise scooping the IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 and Electric Picnic receiving the IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2019 honour.
The news for Kavanagh’s comes just a day after they were nominated for Venue of the Year with Hot Press.
Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said of the annual awards: “We are gifted in Ireland to have such a vibrant and eclectic music scene, the backbone of which is our magnificent live music sector.
“The important role that venues and festivals make is all too often overlooked, but we feel it is vital to acknowledge venues big and small across the country and to celebrate the individuals whose hard work and commitment help our music industry to thrive.
“From a musician’s first performance, right through to an internationally renowned headline artist, these venues and individuals allow music creators to continue making music and bring it to new audiences.”
IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 Winners
IMRO National Live Venue of the Year 2019 – Coughlan’s Live Bar and Music Venue, Cork.
IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Vicar Street
IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue Portlaoise, Co. Laois
IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Mike The Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry
IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2019 – Electric Picnic
IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2019 – Sounds from a Safe Harbour
IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award 2019 – Sea Sessions
IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music – Angela Dorgan, Director, First Music Contact
Hot Press Live Venue of the Year for 2019 – 3Arena