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Leeside trio make top venues shortlist

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 5:01pm

Three Cork venues have been shortlisted for the Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) Live Music Venue of the Year Awards.

Cork Opera House, Live at St Luke’s and The Crane Lane Theatre have all been included in the Munster category for the awards, which take place on Tuesday 26 February at the IMRO HQ in Dublin.

Indiependence is also up for two accolades, the Mitchelstown festival included in the Music Festival of the Year and Tech Crew of the Year categories.

The annual IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues. More than 12,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues nationally for the shortlist, judging potential nominees on atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and staff and management of each venue.

One overall award will be presented to the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year.

The award is decided upon by the public, who can vote for their live music venue of the year from the combined shortlist of all the regions.

Performances on the awards night will come from emerging acts Inhaler, Pillow Queens and Moncrieff, and the ceremony will also see the presentation of the award for Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year via the magazine’s readers’ poll.

Speaking about the awards, Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive, said: “Over the course of the past decade, the IMRO Live Music Venue Awards have become a much anticipated date in the music industry calendar. We feel it is vital to acknowledge the important role that venues and festivals play, not only in supporting and providing a platform for Irish songwriters and performers, but also the significant contribution they make towards local areas both in economic and social terms.”

To vote for the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year go to before 5pm on 22 February.

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