Last night saw the much anticipated IMRO Live Music Venue of The Year Awards take place in the IMRO headquarters (Pembroke Street). These awards, presented by the Irish Music Rights Organisation recognise those Irish music venues which provide the very highest standards in live music entertainment. They also acknowledge the paramount role which live venues play in sustaining and developing the music community in Ireland. All manner of venues were up for consideration - pubs, hotels, arts centres, theatres, purpose built music venues and many more - and we are delighted to congratulate Cyprus Avenue in Cork and the Grand Social ('s local watering hole) in Dublin on their awards. And that's not just because they are ticketing clients of ours and we are probably a little biased. Not at all.

Also going home happy campers were the folk over at The O2 who scooped the Hot Press Live Venue of the Year award.

This particular award is part of the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards scheme and is voted by the general public and the readers of Hot Press.

"The O2 is a world class arena... It is the kind of venue that people can travel to from anywhere in Europe, or indeed the world, confident in the knowledge that they are going to experience the very best in terms of production and sound." said Niall Stokes - editor of Hot Press.

Also faring well were the Róisín Dubh in Galway and the Academy in Dublin who receieved special recommendations.

Featuring live performances by Jape, Rainy Boy Sleep and The Young Folk, a great night was had by all accounts. More on the IMRO winners to come soon!

Caroline Foran.