IMRO AWARD 2023 – Outstanding Contribution to Live Music In Ireland


Garageland is named after a song by The Clash from their 1977 debut album.

We are an independent music resource, primarily for modern music, but not exclusively.

Our ethos is one of transparency and fairness, with equal opportunity to all musicians across all ages, genres and genders.

We’ve helped launch the careers of some of Ireland’s most popular acts as well as thousands you’ve quite likely never heard of.

Garageland started way back in August 2000, with a handful of Garage Gigs in a venue called Eamon Dorans, which had previously been a venue called The Rock Garden.

The idea was to re-ignite the live music scene in Dublin, as it had almost disappeared altogether, with Boybands & Girlbands ruling the airwaves.

Fast forward 23 years to a very different situation.

Original Garageland founder Dermot Lambert re-launched the central Garageland Project in Feb 2016, having dedicated a significant amount of time to the creation and directing of The Irish Youth Music Awards in the previous 10 years, amid a variety of other national projects for emerging musicians.

Garageland is now the most well established service for emerging artists in Ireland, with Garageland Radio, Garageland TV, and of course the live Garage Gigs gigs.

Alongside our many partners, we work with musicians of all ages on a variety of local and national projects including Garageland Galaxyz, The Restricted Mic Series and many more.

We have a popular regular Monday evening radio show on RTE ‘Garageland on RTE 2XM with Dermot Lambert’, which features 2 hours of brand new music.

We’ve created the first ever Automatic Booking Engine for emerging artists to book their own shows with ease (see Book Your Gig).

Our partners include Creative Ireland, City of Dublin Youth Service Board, Sound Training College, while regularly working alongside Music Generation, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland and many City & County Councils.

Supported by RTÉ, IMRO, RAAP, IRMA.

If you are in a band, or if you are an original artist of any genre, gender or age, please feel free to hop on. Garageland is for you.