A MUSIC venue in Colchester has been named as the best in the country just days after celebrating a milestone anniversary. 

Coda, in High Street, has been honoured with the Music Venue of the Year accolade at this year's Songs Behind The Music Awards (SBTM).

The small but fast-growing music platform responsible for handing out the prizes publishes interviews with both local and chart-topping artists.

After shortlisting numerous venues from across the country - including the city's Three Wise Monkeys - SBTM launched a public vote, before Coda came out on top. 

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Tristan Clarke, co-owner of Coda, said: "I'm really proud of the CODA team for winning the Songs Behind The Music Best Venue Award 2023.

"We have just celebrated our five-year anniversary and this is a brilliant present for the venue.

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"To come out on top with so many amazing venues nominated is something we did not expect.

"Thank you to all our patrons, we can't wait to put on many more great shows in 2024."

Coda hosts a plethora of live music events, from indie bands and DJs to metal nights, and caters for all sorts of music subcultures and scenes. 

Gazette: Wild - A performance by Bex, in Coda, during its Facedown eventWild - A performance by Bex, in Coda, during its Facedown event (Image: Facedown)

For more information on the venue visit facebook.com/CodaUk.