Watergate up for ‘live music venue of the year’

Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre has been short-listed in the Irish Music Rights Organisation’s awards for best live music venues.

Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre has been short-listed in the Irish Music Rights Organisation’s awards for best live music venues.

The venue is among five nominees in the Rest of Leinster category (excluding Dublin) and is up against the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre in Offaly, The Spirit Store in Dundalk, Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray and the Wexford Opera House.

Members of the public can cast their votes for the awards at www.surveymonkey.com/s/venueawards from now until February 19, and one participant will win an iPod Touch.

The Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year Readers Poll will also be part of the Awards and Hot Press fans can vote at www.hotpress.com/readerspoll.

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 most importantly, the staff and management at each venue.

The winners of the fourth IMRO awards will be announced on February 28 in Dublin.