Vicar St. Scoops Three Awards at the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2008
- Overall National Winner - IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award 2008, Vicar St., Dublin
- Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year Award 2008, Vicar St., Dublin
- Hot Press Readers Award for Best Live Music Venue in Ireland 2008, Vicar St., Dublin
IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2008VICAR STREET SCOOPS THREE AWARDS AT THE IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2008 "There are four ingredients that make a great gig - a great artist, a great audience, great technicians and a great venue. It's time now to salute those venues that care about the artistes, technicians and audiences," said Keith Donald, Chairman of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) while presiding over the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards in the RDS, Dublin on Saturday afternoon. The Presidents Suite at the RDS was filled to capacity with venue owners, managers and music industry professionals from across Ireland, who gathered together to hear the results of the inaugural awards, established by IMRO in recognition of Irish venues that provide the very highest standards in live music entertainment.
Dublin venue Vicar Street topped the Awards, scooping three gongs: Best National Live Music Venue of the Year and Best Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year, along with a Hot Press Readers Award for Best Live Music Venue in Ireland. Vicar Street's Bren Berry accepted the award on behalf of the Aiken's team, with an emotional speech dedicating the awards to the memory of the late Jim Aiken. Speaking about the venue, Keith Donald (IMRO) said: "When Harry Crosbie and Peter Aiken showed me around the building site that was to become Vicar Street, taking justifiable pride in the facilities for both artistes and audience alike, I knew they were on to a winner."