Dolans are proud to be have been shortlisted for an IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year award. The shortlist was announced last week by IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn. 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 on a weekly basis.
Dolans are the only Limerick venue to make the shortlist having been nominated alongside other prestigious venues in the Munster region including Cork Opera House, Live at St Lukes in Cork, Crane Lane Theatre in Cork and Mike the Pies in Listowel.
More than 12,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue.
IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their top ten festivals.
Speaking at the announcement of the awards shortlist, 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.”
The awards ceremony will take place at IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 26th. Performances on the night will come from leading emerging acts Inhaler, Pillow Queens and Moncrieff.
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.
Speaking after receiving news of Dolans shortlisting, Mick Dolan said: “To be recognised by IMRO is both an honour and a testament to the hard work that is put in by all our team at Dolans every year. We take huge pride in contributing to Limerick’s music and cultural scene. To be shortlisted recognises what we do on a national level. We hope our friends and customers will give us their vote over the coming weeks and help bring the Munster Venue of the Year back to Limerick”.
Voting for this year’s awards are now open to the public vote. Live music fans should simply log on to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/imrovenueawards then choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by 5pm February 22nd. One lucky voter will win an iPad.