Cork wins three gongs at Live Music Venue of the Year Awards

Cork wins three gongs at Live Music Venue of the Year Awards
Coughlan's Live Bar and Music Venue who won an award at the IMRO Live Music Venue Awards 2019. Photo by Ruth Medjber.

CORK won three awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) 'Live Music Venue of the Year' Awards.

The awards are in their twelfth year and took place at Twenty Two on South Anne Street in Dublin.

The award for National Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 went to Coughlan's Live Bar and Music Venue in Cork.

The Cork-based Sounds from a Safe Harbour was presented with the IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2019 award. 

The IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music honour was presented to Cork’s Angela Dorgan, Director of First Music Contact.

The shortlist of nominees were selected by over 13,500 IMRO members with a public vote.

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson 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."

Performances on the award night came from Soda Blonde, Alex Gough and ELM.

Other winners in the regional categories include: Vicar Street in Dublin; Kavanagh's Bar & Venue in Portlaoise in Laois; Róisín Dubh in Galway; Mike The Pies in Listowel in Kerry and Íontas Theatre in Castleblayney in Monaghan.

Electric Picnic won IMRO Music Festival of the Year.

The crew of Sea Sessions picked up the award for IMRO Tech Crew of the Year.

Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year went to the 3Arena.

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