Nashville On New Years Eve What You Need To Know

Nashville On New Years Eve What You Need To Know

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s “Music City Midnight” concert.  courtesy of 

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Nashville’s annual New Year’s Eve concert celebration has quickly become a cherished tradition for locals and visitors alike – and that tradition is undergoing some big changes this year.

The eighth annual event has changed names and changed locations, but organizers believe it’ll ultimately be a win for their dedicated audience. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s “Music City Midnight” concert.


A big move

The “Bash On Broadway” is no more. For the first time since its inception in 2009, Nashville’s New Year’s Eve celebration has left Lower Broadway. Its new home is the nearby Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

What spurred the move? Chalk it up to Downtown Nashville’s popularity growing by leaps and bounds in the last decade. 15,000 people attended the first “Bash On Broadway” in 2009. “We thought that was pretty good,” recalled Butch Spyridon of the Nashville Convention and Vistors Corp, which produces the event.

Country star Keith Urban headlines this year’s event, which looks to be dominated by guitar hotshots. He’s joined by hard rock hit makers Styx, Nashville’s Moon Taxi and country rockers A Thousand Horses and Charlie Worsham.

 

The music

Country star Keith Urban headlines this year’s event, which looks to be dominated by guitar hotshots. He’s joined by hard rock hit makers Styx, Nashville’s Moon Taxi and country rockers A Thousand Horses and Charlie Worsham.

In a nod to the event's new North Nashville location, the Fisk Jubilee Singers will open the show and also join Urban at midnight to perform “Auld Lang Syne.”

In total, attendees are in for six hours of live music, from the 6:15 p.m. opening to Urban’s last chord at 12:25 a.m.


The midnight spectacle

Losing the iconic neon surroundings of Lower Broadway is a tough blow, but the event has found another scenic backdrop on the mall. The concert stage sits in front of the Tennessee State Capitol, and, at midnight, fireworks will shoot above that building and its neighboring skyscrapers, along with 50 pounds of confetti.

Plus, the event’s famed “Music Note Drop” – Nashville’s version of the Times Square Ball – is still part of the celebration. This year’s tower is 145 feet tall, with a 15-foot-tall music note that will descend at midnight, and a glowing “2017” comprised of 425 light bulbs.


Vendors, drinking and more

Space for vendors and restrooms wasn’t easy to come by on Lower Broadway, but organizers are singing a different tune at Bicentennial Mall. Food trucks, bars and more than 200 portable toilets will be placed on several bordering streets, and the Nashville Farmer’s Market will be open, giving attendees a break from the cold for the first time in the event’s history. They’ll also have seven video screens placed throughout the event site.

Can you watch from home?

Unlike the July 4 concert earlier this year, there won’t be a dedicated, evening-long livestream of Nashville’s New Year’s Eve celebration – but you will be able to see portions of the show throughout the night.

CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage will include Nashville remotes with anchor Sara Sidner and will include an interview with Urban and part of his performance.

The Music Note Drop and performance of “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight will be livestreamed on visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve, and periodic live video streams will be shared on @VisitMusicCity social media channels.

If You Go

Nashville’s “Music City Midnight” New Year’s Eve concert will be held at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The event is free, all ages and open to the public. Performers include Keith Urban, Styx, Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses, Charlie Worsham and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Gates open at 4 p.m., and festivities begin with Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers at 6:15 p.m. Courtesy of the Tennessean 

For more information, visit visitmusiccity.com.



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