Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay will headline New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, a new five-hour, star-studded live concert broadcast on CBS. The show marks the first time Music City will host an entire New Year’s Eve national TV special.
The free show at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will also feature Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, and more in nearly 50 performances from a dozen downtown locations including the main stage at Bicentennial Mall and Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks, bars and clubs.
The show will air on CBS from 7 – 10 p.m. CT and resume at 10:30 p.m. after a 30-minute break for news, and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 48 hours) will be required for entry into Bicentennial Mall.
“From the very beginning, our goal was for Nashville to be the Central Time zone celebration on national television and rival New York City,” says Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “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.”
As is tradition, the 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. 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.
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