Sea Sessions scoops IMRO award For Live Music Festival of the Year!

Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival was named “IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year 2016” at the annual IMRO awards in Dublin last night. 

Having been in the same category as major music events like Electric Picnic, Cork Jazz Festival, and Longitude, organisers were delighted to have achieved the highly sought after accolade. 

Festival Director Ray O’Donoghue said “iIt’s an amazing achievement and something we are very proud of. We put a lot of effort into our music lineup and we’ve nominated before but to win this against such prestigious company is just humbling“. 

One of the founders of the event Daniel Browne said, “The award is recognition of the people of the north west who also work so hard to ensure people attending the Festival enjoy Bundoran and see the very best of the Wild Atlantic Way. The award is as much recognition for them as it is for ourselves and all the team who work so hard to make the event a success”.

The IMRO Venue Awards – Daniel Browne and Ray O’Donoghue are presented with their award on Tuesday night. Photography by Ruth Medjber

The festival is now entering its tenth year in the capital of Irish Surfing in Bundoran, Co Donegal and has become and integral part of the Irish festival circuit. 

Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth added his congratulations to the Sea Sessions team saying “we have an enormous sense of pride in the Sea Sessions team on being awarded this accolade and it is certainly well deserved.  I’ve seen at first hand the work that goes into organising this festival every year from it’s humble beginnings to the huge success it is now. It’s almost a year round job for Daniel, Ray, Pete and the team and we thank them for their continuing support of Bundoran.”

Sea Sessions has been sold out weeks in advance for the past number of years and a stunning line up of acts has been announced for 2017 so far including  The Coronas, Primal Scream, Sigma, Foy Vance, All Tvvins, Badly Drawn Boy, Mr Scruff, Dreadzone, Brian Deady, Áine Cahill, Wyvern Lingo, Little Hours, The Cuban Brothers and many more.

Not just a music festival, SEA SESSIONS has evolved organically over the years. Starting life as a local surf contest, the event has now become one of the highlights of the Irish surfing calendar. Supported by and working with Donegal County Council, the event has also become a premier target for skateboarding, BMX and a host of beach sports. SEA SESSIONS helps kick off the tourist season for the capital of Irish surfing in Bundoran.


Fri Jun 23rd – Sun Jun 25th 2017

“Irelands Biggest Beach Party”

The Coronas, Primal Scream, Sigma, Foy Vance, All Tvvins, Badly Drawn Boy, Mr Scruff, Dreadzone, Brian Deady, Aine Cahill, Wyvern Lingo, Little Hours, Gurr, Kormac, Talos, The Cuban Brothers, Caravana Sun, Otherkin, Stomptown Brass, Touts, Soule, Orchid Collective, Bitch Falcon, Jack O Rourke, Jafaris, Le Boom, Penrose, Eve Belle, Apella, Tiz Mc Namara, Wolves of Youth, Keith Disconaut, Unsigned Winners and more.

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