Galway venues and festivals nominated for IMRO awards

THE GALWAY Arts Festival, the Róisín Dubh, and The Townhouse Bar have all been short-listed for the IMRO Music Festival of the Year Awards 2013.

The sixth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards takes place on Tuesday February 4 2014 at IMRO HQ in Dublin. The shortlist was announced by Victor Finn, IMRO chief executive, and Keith Johnson, director of marketing and membership.

The Róisín Dubh on Dominick Street and The Townhouse Bar, Spanish Parade, have been nominated in the IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2013.

More than 8,500 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming, and the staff and management of each venue.

IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their Top 10 festivals. The Galway Arts Festival was nominated in this category.

One overall award will be presented to 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.

Voting is through and the closing date is January 31. One voter will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

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


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