IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) have announced the call for entries for the 2010 IMRO Showcase Tour. Since 1992, Ireland’s most established new band showcase has provided a live platform for scores of up and coming Irish acts over the years. Recent acts to have featured include O Emperor, Fight Like Apes, Dirty Epics, Disconnect 4 and Delorentos to name but a few. Bands and solo artists across all genres of music are invited to apply for a place on the IMRO Showcase Tour 2010. Just send a website or MySpace link to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday February 12th, 2010. Successful acts will be notified in early March. The gigs will run through March and April. The Limerick leg of the tour will happen in Dolans on Sat April 24th.
A number of artists will be chosen from the tour to perform in a ‘Best of Showcase’ gig which will take place in Dublin venue The Academy on April 30th.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation awarded Dolans Warehouse the Live Music Venue of the Year Award for Munster
Venues were judged on a number of criteria including ambience, staging, sound and lighting facilities, diversity of programming, venue staff and management and promotional activities. This award is decided by members of the 7,000 strong IMRO organization and confirms Dolan’s reputation among musicians for friendly and professional service. As any road-weary touring act will tell you, a warm welcome and a good meal invariably translates into a quality gig experience for artists and punters alike.
Also nominated in the Munster Category were: INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Cyprus Avenue, The Everyman Theatre & The Pavilion, all in Cork.
Neil Dolan was delighted with the win. stating, “We were up against some tough competition, so to all the staff, promoters and bands, thanks a million. This is for all of us.”