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Nashville Big Bash: What You Need to Know

Thomas Rhett headlines and there are lots of special guests, plus find the event schedule; parking and transportation; road closures and more.

Nashville’s New Year’s Eve Bash is about to be here! The live show for Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will feature GRAMMY Award-nominated Thomas Rhett, newly crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd as headliners.

 

Music City New Year’s Eve 2022

Nashville’s News Year’s Eve Bash

An event map is available here.

The concert is free and open to the public. The five-hour CBS special will air live on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 6:30 pm CT on the CBS Television Network, Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs). Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

As a live event, Big Bash will kick off at 5:15 p.m. with a 50-minute tribute to hip-hop’s 50th anniversary to celebrate the genre over the decades. Music City Hip-Hop 50 will conclude with a guest DJ set by Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell, who has experience as a DJ.

Keep up with new details visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.

ABOUT THE CBS BROADCAST

Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.

DON’T MISS

  • The Fisk Jubilee Singers will take the stage at Bicentennial Park at  6:15 p.m.
  • CBS will include a televised countdown at midnight Eastern Time, culminating with the renowned live Nashville Music Note Drop® and two-minutes of fireworks at midnight Central Time.

NASHVILLE’S NEW YEAR’S EVE HIGHLIGHTS

  • This year marks the 15th New Year’s Eve event and seventh year at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
  • Ninety-second fireworks display at the stroke of midnight CT when the Music Note drops.
  • CNN will broadcast the Music Note Drop at midnight CT.
  • Hosts are Elle King, who will also perform, and Rachel Smith of Entertainment Tonight.

FUN FACTS

  • Music Note and Tower: The red Music Note tower is 138 feet. The Music Note is 16 feet tall and approximately 400 pounds. It is made of aluminum and acrylic. There are 13,000 LED pixels in the Music Note.
  • Biodegradable Confetti: 100 pounds of confetti will shower down on revelers at the stroke of midnight. The rice paper confetti will be cleaned up immediately after the event concludes. Any confetti that is missed during cleanup should dissolve within two rainfalls.
  • Production Crew: On the busiest day of setup, there will be more than 300 production crew members working to build the stage and setting up other elements for the concert, fireworks and Music Note Drop.
  • Production Equipment: The event will use 75 production trucks, 27 pieces of heavy equipment, 859 lighting fixtures, more than 10 million pixels of LED, more than four miles of fiber optic video cable, 2,000 cable ramps, more than five miles of power cable lines to power the event, 182 audio speakers and 205,000 square feet of flooring. The stage will be 7,200 square feet.
  • Video Screens and Message Boards: Fifteen throughout the event site, including five within the concert viewing area.

EVENT SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2023

(All times CT. Artists and times subject to change)

  • 4:30pm | Event gates opens
  • 5pm | Park opens
  • 5:10-5:14pm | Emcee Kelly Sutton welcomes
  • 5:14-5:15pm | Kenny Smoov welcomes and intros Music City Hip-Hop 50
  • 5:15-5:55pm | Music City Hip-Hip 50 through the decades
  • 5:55-6pm | Kenny Smoov intros Mayor Freddie O’Connell; Mayor welcomes crowd
  • 6-6:10pm | Mayor O’Connell DJ set
  • 6:10-6:30pm | House Music
  • 6:30pm | CBS Broadcast with headliners Thomas RhettLainey Wilson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd (9-9:30pm break for East Coast news)
  • 11:55pm | Countdown and Music Note Drop with pyrotechnics and confetti. Ninety-second fireworks show at midnight
  • 12:01am | Television broadcast concludes
  • 12:15am | Live event concludes

GETTING AROUND

Safety and Security
The event’s perimeter will be fenced and include six entry points conveniently located around the site. Attendees should expect to walk through metal detectors as they enter. Bags and purses (size limit: 16” by 10” by 4”) may be searched. There will be five public first aid tents.

Info Tents
There will be two information booths: Off Sixth Avenue in parking lot near the Ashley Lounge (Heated Tent) and off Seventh Avenue north of the Farmers’ Market. Free handwarmers courtesy of Ferguson HVAC and glow sticks from Dr Pepper Zero. Fill out a survey and earn the chance to win VIP viewing access and vouchers from Delta Air Lines. QR codes will be available so surveys can be done on your mobile phone. Event information teams will roam the site to assist visitors on details like the concert schedule to where everything is located. “Lost and Found” will be located at the Info Tents from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on event day and at the Nashville Visitor Center from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Phone charging station and bag lockers
Phone charging station ($5 unlimited) will be located in the Ashley Lounge (Heated Tent). Please, no large bags, but locker rentals will be available for $10 on Sixth Avenue near the main entrance and on Rep. John Lewis Way near Junior Gilliam Way.

Food trucks
Main cluster in State Lot 8 at Sixth and Harrison with beverage stations nearby. Hot dog vendors located around the event site.

Neighborhood Taproom Heated Tent
Enjoy the taproom featuring a variety of beverages, including assorted local craft beers.

Celebrate Responsibly
A Designated Driver Zone tent will offer complimentary coffee, sodas, water, and light snacks provided by Crav’n Flavors throughout the evening, presented by Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Ashley is providing a seating lounge. Located near the James Robertson Parkway entrance near Sixth Avenue and Harrison.

Heated Tents
To help keep attendees comfortable, two heated tents will be available – the Neighborhood Taproom in State Lot 8 and at the Ashley Lounge in State Lot 4.

Portable toilets
More than 250 will be located at three locations – Seventh Avenue, Sixth and Harrison and near the Ashley Lounge (Heated Tent).

Merchandise
Event merchandise will be on sale in two trailers located near the Ashley Lounge (Heat Tent on Sixth Avenue and on Seventh Avenue near the Farmers’ Market. Items include short-sleeve event t-shirts, beanies, gloves, stickers and ponchos. Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Nashville Farmers’ Market
The building will be closed to the public for a private, ticketed event.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

Attendees will have a variety of safe, affordable transportation options. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office reminds everyone to drive safely this New Year’s Eve. For those who will be drinking, please plan ahead to have a sober ride home. Law enforcement partners will be out in full force during the Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign to keep impaired drivers off the roadways. Keep up to date on all parking and transportation options.

NEARBY PARKING

Vehicle parking will be available at Nissan Stadium for $10 via QR code in Lot E all day/night. Rates will revert back to the normal parking rate Monday morning.

To locate parking downtown, visit www.parkitdowntown.com.

RIDE SHARE DROP OFF AND PICKUP LOCATIONS

  • James Robertson Parkway between Fourth Avenue and Rep. John Lewis Way
  • James Robertson Parkway from Charlotte Pike to Rosa L. Parks Boulevard (Capitol Hill side) • Rosa L. Parks Boulevard from Farmers’ Market entrance to 10th Circle North
  • Jefferson Street between Sixth Avenue and Rosa L. Parks Boulevard

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.