IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards Winners
The IMRO Live Music Awards take place every year and celebrate the best of the Irish Live Music Scene. We all have our favourite venues, but the 13,500 IMRO members are the ones that decide the winners below! The main winner was Coughlan’s Live Bar in Cork, which I must visit on my next trip to the Rebel county.
National Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 accolade to Coughlan’s Live Bar and Music Venue, Cork.
“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.”
Other winners in the regional categories include:
Dublin – Vicar Street
Rest of Leinster – Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Connacht – Róisín Dubh, Galway
Munster – Mike The Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Ulster – Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
IMRO Music Festival of the Year – Electric Picnic
IMRO Small Music Festival 2019 – Sounds from a Safe Harbour
IMRO Tech Crew of the Year – Sea Sessions
IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music accolade – Angela Dorgan, Director, First Music Contact.
Performances on the night came from Soda Blonde, Alex Gough and ELM.