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Every­body talk about pop mu­sic! A se­lec­tion of top Ir­ish artists fill us in on their lo­cal mu­sic scenes, and ex­plain why home­grown acts around the coun­try are thriv­ing.

As ev­i­denced by the re­cent IMRO Live Mu­sic Venue of the Year Awards, mu­sic is in rude health here in Ire­land. In an era when live mu­sic is boom­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, qual­ity venues con­tinue to ap­pear around the coun­try, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the per­for­mances of top class home­grown and in­ter­na­tional acts.

Per­haps no venue best ex­em­pli es this than Listowel’s Mike The Pies. A renowned pub for decades, it be­gan host­ing live gigs in the last few years and con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength, re­mark­ably win­ning the IMRO Na­tional Live Mu­sic Venue of the Year 2017. More re­cently, it was voted Hot Press Live Mu­sic Venue of the Year in 2019. It’s a sim­i­lar story around the coun­try, with ex­cel­lent rooms thriv­ing ev­ery­where, – from Mon­roes in Gal­way and

Matt Mol­loy’s in West­port through McGin­leys in Let­terkenny and Watt­ters Old Coach Inn in Castle­blaney, back to Dublin (take your pick).

Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, re­gional mu­sic com­mu­ni­ties are stronger and more di­verse than ever. Whether it be rock, folk, pop, elec­tron­ica, hiphop, trad or some­thing else en­tirely, there an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of vi­brant scenes around Ire­land, each with its own trea­sure chest of mu­si­cal gems to ex­plore. With this in mind, Best of Ire­land talked to a se­lec­tion of top Ir­ish artists to get the in­side track on their lo­cal scenes.

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