The Róisín Dubh has again won the IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year Award, beating off competition from the five other counties in the province.
The award was accepted by the Róisín’s music promoter Gugai at the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2010, which were held in the headquarters of IMRO in Dublin.
The award caps off a very successful year for the Róisín in which the Dominick Street venue staged gigs by Mercury award nominated acts like Wild Beasts, rising Irish acts Villagers and Two Door Cinema Club, and alternative rock legends like Mudhoney and Greg Dulli. The venue also staged many great comedy shows throughout the year through its Laughter Lounge events on Wednesdays.
“The awards provide IMRO with an ideal platform to acknowledge and celebrate the immense efforts made by music venues and music festivals across Ireland through the provision of world class entertainment for their customers, their vital contribution to local economies, and the significant role they play in providing a platform for Irish songwriters and performers,” said Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO.
Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said: “2010 was an amazing year for live music in Ireland. It isn’t just that the established venues worked really hard to bring great music to people, but there were new venues launched too that added hugely to the range of choices open to artists and fans alike. It takes courage to invest in putting on live music, especially in the context of a recession.”