New Year’s Eve will run through Nashville this time around, with a massive five-hour, 50-performance TV event to be broadcast on CBS and Paramount+.
The live show and national TV event will be broadcast from the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and will feature the talents of headliners Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay.
Nearly 50 performances will be hosted at a dozen locations downtown, including Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks, bars and clubs.
“From the very beginning, our goal was for Nashville to be the Central time zone celebration on national television and rival New York City,” Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to share music from our Nashville superstars in a national broadcast that will carry immense marketing value as we rebuild momentum as a global destination. We appreciate CBS for the decision to partner on this five-hour special. At the same time, our live event will continue to be the best party in the country to ring in the New Year, bringing fun to our visitors and revenue to the city.”
In the past, Nashville’s New Year’s Eve concert has been featured on multiple major networks, but this is the first time the city is playing host to a national network TV special on the occasion.
The broadcast will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and resume at 10:30 p.m. after a 30-minute break for news, concluding at 12:30 a.m.
Gates for the live show at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will open at 4 p.m. Dec. 31.
Proof of vaccination or a negative test from within the 48 hours before the festivities will be required for entry into Bicentennial Mall.
As is tradition for the concert, the giant music note will be raised, followed by a performance from the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
The show’s highlight will be the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display at midnight to usher in the new year.
According to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., as a live event, New Year’s Eve generates as much as $26.2 million in direct visitor spending and an attendance of 200,000.
Additional details about the TV broadcast and lineup for the live show will be announced in the coming weeks. The NCVC will offer visitor packages for purchase.
For more information go to visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.