Two Dublin venues take home coveted IMRO awards

by Rachel Darcy

Two Dublin venues are celebrating after winning a coveted IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award last week at a ceremony on South Anne Street.

The awards, now in their 12th year, saw dozens of venues from around the country snap up prizes on the night.

Two Dublin venues walked away with awards on the night, with Vicar Street receiving the IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 and 3Arena scooping the Hot Press Live Venue of the Year for 2019 plaque.

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO chairperson said of the annual awards, said: “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.”

Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said: “Irish music is going through a real purple patch at the moment, with brilliant new artists emerging across every genre – and a lot of them are making a serious impact internationally. They deserve to. We are producing some truly great music here at the moment.

“This extraordinary surge of creativity in Irish music would not be possible without great live venues. They give artists and bands a vital platform, especially at the start of their careers. A healthy live music scene is at the very heart of things – and music is flourishing all over Ireland. That’s why the IMRO Live Music Venues Awards are so important.”

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