Three music venues across Donegal have been shortlisted for IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2014.

The venues are McGinley's Bar, Letterkenny; Voodoo Venue, Letterkenny; and McGrory's of Culdaff, Inishowen.

McKenna's Bar, Monaghan and and Hotel Kilmore, Cavan are also in the Ulster category.

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.

Of the Awards, Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said, “Over the years these Awards have become a much sought after industry accolade. They also highlight the vital economic and social contribution that venues and festivals make to local economies and the enormous role they play in providing a public platform for Irish & international songwriters and performers”.

At the ceremony in IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 3rd, 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 Live Music Festival of the Year will also be presented on the night.

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.

Live music fans should simply log on tohttp://https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/imrovenueawards and choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by February 2nd.  One lucky voter will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!

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