All Together Now, the Festival created by the late John Reynolds was voted as Festival of the Year at the IMRO Live Music Venue Awards in Dublin on Tuesday night.

It is a remarkable achievement in its first year and testament to the thought and planning that went into creating something new in a busy summer schedule.

The past is reflected in the present with this year’s renewal on the Cappaghmore estate in Waterford well on target to sell out its 20,000 places.

The award for National Live Music Venue of the Year 2018, as voted for by the public, went to The Sugar Club, Dublin, (pictured above).

“We’re privileged in Ireland to have such a vibrant and eclectic live music scene, which is the backbone of the music industry as a whole,” said IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn.

“We feel it is vital to acknowledge the venues and festivals who support live music from a musician’s first performance right through to internationally known headline artists on main stages. It is these venues and festivals across the country that allow music creators to continue making music and bring it to new audiences.”

Other winners in the regional categories include

Dublin – The Sugar Club, Dublin

Rest of Leinster – The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Connacht – Monroe’s, Galway

Munster – Live at St Luke’s, Cork

Ulster – An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

The Wexford Spiegeltent Festival picked up the award for Small Festival of the Year while the Olympia Theatre’s tech Crew were rewarded for their skills as well

The IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music accolade was awarded this year to Joe Clarke, co-founder of CWB, a music-focused management and production company with offices in Dublin and a residential production studio in Co. Tipperary.


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