The Irish Music Rights Organisation, or IMRO to you and me, will hold the fifth annual Live Music Venue of the Year awards on 26th February. The event will be held at the plush IMRO HQ in Dublin. favourites Heathers (above) were on hand this morning for the announcement of the shortlist, along with IMRO top brass Victor Finn and Keith Johnson.

The awards celebrate an oft-overlooked aspect of the music industry on this island, that of the venue owners and operators and the importance of recognising the part that they play in bringing live music to the masses.

Awards for IMRO Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Best Small Festival of the Year will also be handed out on the note.

Surf on over to this website if you're interested in voting and having your voice heard.

The full shortlist for the IMRO awards is:

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2012
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin 2
The O2, Dublin 1
The Draiocht Theatre, Dublin 15
The Grand Social, Dublin 1
The Olympia, Dublin 2

IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2012
The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
TLT, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2012
Monroes, Galway
The Dock Theatre, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Roisin Dubh, Galway
Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo
Roscommon Arts Centre, Co. Roscommon

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2012
Glor Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Cork Opera House, Cork
DeBarras, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
University Concert Hall, Limerick

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2012
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co Donegal
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
An Poc Fada, Monaghan
McGrorys, Culdaff, Co. Donegal
The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year 2012
Electric Picnic
Live @ The Marquee Cork
Westport Music & Performing Arts Festival
Forbidden Fruit
Temple Bar Trad Festival
Festival of the Fires
Galway Arts Festival
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann Cavan