Archive for IMRO


Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Tickets There

Well, well, well. Look who’s causing trouble in today’s Irish music news world. The IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organization. Music or musician? Ah, who cares) of all people.  Seems they want to start charging music sites that host music or even interviews with bands on their register. Seems the boyo’s have lost the plot altogether and the recession has forced them to compromise their clients future for a few extra penny’s. Sorry, did we say penny’s? They’re looking for something like E150 – E300 + from sites.

Now, Tickets There doesn’t see a threat to us. We’re small, no-one really cares what we write about as long as we mention Whitesnake and truth be told, we’re bored silly writing about music. Much more fun to just listen. Saying that, there’s sites IMRO have already contacted about paying this new License and those sites are extremely helpful for new bands trying to cut a name for themselves.

Surely there’s been enough damage done to the music industry by record company greed, greedy fans illegal downloading frenzy and music quickly turning into a tiny impotent little sack without the bands representatives and trusted care giver introducing a profit driving measure that will more than likely badly hurt their careers and chances of ever breaking out of Carlow?

Now, things may not be as dramatic as that puts it. IMRO are still piecing this new ‘Freedom Isn’t Free‘ license together so the facts ain’t fully clear yet. Nialler9’s done a pretty good job outlining the main FAQ points Here.

Tickets There has lost alot of respect for the IMRO with this move. They’re going to alienate the young, journalistic element, eradicate the foul mouth, obnoxiously badly written blogs like ours (like hell they will 😀 – Ed) and reduce cover and badly needed exposure for this countries young, up and coming talent. Well done IMRO, you’re truly an Irish company now.

I know a girl who once worked in said company and she swears she doesn’t miss a job that involved calling old ladies, who own shops in small villages asking them to pay license fee’s for a radio that keeps them company all day. Little soppy, put on tear jerking and not at all representative of the job…but wouldn’t that one time you’d have to do just be the most fun thing ever. Sorry to bother you mam, IMRO. Let me see your license and Bruce Springsteen collection.

To celebrate, lets get some Sweet Jane up!!


IMRO Announce Live Music Awards 2009 Shortlist

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , on November 9, 2009 by Tickets There


Once again Tickets There is stealing news (but at least we’re not lying about it) from our Twitter updates. Hot Press have just reported that IMRO has released the short list for it’s Live Music Awards 2009.

The can be viewed below and the Winner will be announced on December 1st and IMRO’s Dublin HQ. All IMRO members can vote for their choice.

Hop on over to Hot Press to read about the HP Readers Venue Award.

2009 Shortlist:


  • Crawdaddy
  • Olympia Theatre
  • The O2
  • Vicar St.
  • Whelan’s

Rest of Leinster:

  • The Backroom, Navan
  • The Late Lounge, Kill
  • Set Theatre, Kilkenny
  • Spirit Store, Dundalk
  • The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny


  • Cyprus Avenue, Cork
  • Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
  • The Everyman Theatre, Cork
  • INEC, Killarney
  • The Pavilion, Cork

Connaught: (Three venues from Galway and not one from Sligo or Leitrim??)

  • Campbell’s Tavern,
  • Headford; Crane Bar, Galway;
  • Roisin Dubh, Galway;
  • Royal Theatre & Event Centre, Castlebar
  • Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Ulster (Donegal, Cavan & Monaghan):

  • Balor Arts Centre; An Grianan, Letterkenny
  • Iontas, Castleblaney
  • McGrory’s, Culduff
  • Ramor Theatre, Cavan

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2009!

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on October 20, 2009 by Tickets There


(taking out the word ‘Launched’ from Hotpress. There’s only so many ways to write these things)

Hey folks,

Just a quick word before you’re sent off to a real website for all the juicy details. The IMRO (Irish Music Rights organization) have launched their Live Music Venue of the year award. Each year the organization asks its members to vote for Irelands leading live music venue and according to the facts, there’s over 400 venues that qualify for this prestigious title.

Ireland has a long history of fantastic live music and many of our venues are just incredible. Vicar Street managed to pick it up last year but since they don’t seem to have a lot of bands there any more, TT is hoping The Olympia or The Button Factory grab it this year. Only members can vote so if you can, be sure that you do (sounds like Yoda).

Now, Click here to visit Hotpress and see the actual story.