Keith Urban will return to ring in 2018 in Nashville. The entertainer will serve as the headliner for the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville for a second year.
Also on the bill are Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Jonny P, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Storme Warren and Kelly Sutton will serve as emcees for the evening.
The event will be held at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and is free and open to the public.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, and the raising of the Music Note will take place at 6:15 p.m. with the concert to follow. The event will include the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display to ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building and unique view of the Nashville skyline.
Following the tragedy at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest Festival, additional precautions have been taken for the event, according to Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. CEO/president Butch Spyridon.
“With the tragedy in Las Vegas still fresh on our mind, as always we are taking the necessary precautions and refining our security plan with partners at the federal, state and local levels, including our full-time security team and the Metro Nashville Police Department,” he said. “We moved to Bicentennial Mall last year to accommodate the growth of the event and to enhance our safety measures, and we will continue our efforts to provide the most comprehensive security possible.”
“We are thrilled to have Keith return to headline our New Year’s Eve show with a lineup that represents the great diversity of music genres thriving in Music City,” said Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, chairman of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and president of DVL Seigenthaler. “We look forward to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors in the crowd of 100,000, who will fill up hotel rooms, eat and shop across Davidson County and generate substantial economic activity.”
Nashville is scheduled to be a featured location as part of CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.
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