THE Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) this morning (Wednesday), January 23, announced the shortlist for this year’s Live Music Venue of the Year Awards and four Donegal venues are nominated.
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, McGrorys, Culdaff and The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town have all been shortlisted in the IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year category.
The fifth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 26 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.
The annual awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience, week in, week out.
At the ceremony in IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 26th, awards will be presented to the leading live music venue in each of the following regions: Dublin, Leinster (excluding Dublin), Connacht, Munster and Ulster (Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan).
The IMRO Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Best Small Festival of the Year Award will also be presented on the night. One overall award will be presented with the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year.
This award is decided upon by the public, who vote for their live music venue of the year from the combined shortlist of all the regions.
Live music fans should simply log on to www.surveymonkey.com/s/imrovenueawards and choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by February 19. One lucky voter will win an iPod Touch digital music player.
The Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year Readers Poll will also be part of the awards and Hot Press fans can vote at www.hotpress.com/readerspoll.
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