Formally known as The Highdive, The Accord, located in the heart of downtown Champaign, takes this year’s top spot for Best Live Music Venue. The small venue allows for an intimate connection between the fans and the music that can’t be experienced at bigger venues, creating an ideal atmosphere for live music.

Even with several nationally touring bands taking the stage, such as The Summer Set and CHVRCHES, The Accord still takes pride in booking bands from the Champaign-Urbana area. They state their intention to provide a space for local bands to perform on their website, making it one of the best places to get into the local music scene.

The Accord is home to a diverse culture, hosting not only music events, but comedy, dancing, and drama events, among others. This wide variety of performances attracts a large audience making it a fan favorite.

The Accord views itself as an opportunity, both to its performers and its attendees. It’s the best venue for local bands to break out and national bands to find their way into the C-U music scene, and it’s the best venue for live music fans to get an experience like no other.

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