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New Years Eve in Nashville 2023 – Nashville’s Big Bash Guide

Get ready for a night filled with live music, fireworks, and the midnight Music Note Drop in Nashville on the last night of the year.

We get to ring in the new year and rock out the old in Music City with CMA Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson, Elle King, Thomas RhettLynyrd Skynyrd, and thousands of your closest friends at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

We hope you can bring your party hats, make some noise, and count down to the fireworks and midnight “Music Note Drop®”!

Luggage Drop is the official bag check for New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. We will be stationed at the primary entrances to the event. We look forward to seeing you there!



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


Event gates opens


Park opens


Emcee Kelly Sutton welcomes


Kenny Smoov welcomes and intros Music City Hip-Hop 50


Music City Hip-Hip 50 through the decades


Kenny Smoov intros Mayor Freddie O’Connell; Mayor welcomes crowd


Mayor O’Connell DJ set


House Music


CBS Broadcast with headliners Thomas Rhett, Lainey Wilson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd (9-9:30pm break for East Coast news)


Countdown and Music Note Drop with pyrotechnics and confetti. Ninety-second fireworks show at midnight


Television broadcast concludes


Live event concludes


Luggage Drop is the official bag check for New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. We will be stationed at the primary entrances to the event.
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Ten years after signing his record deal with Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co., arena-packing superstar Thomas Rhett has 21 No. 1 singles, 15 billion streams, and the longest current active streak of consecutive No. 1’s in the format (Mediabase/Country Aircheck Chart). His most recent sixth studio album, WHERE WE STARTED “practically demands an open field, tens-of-thousands-strong throng of fans in front of it” (Esquire. Declared “a prince in the genre” USA Today), he has been honored with eight ACM Awards including Entertainer of the Year, two CMA Awards, five GRAMMY® Awards nominations, plus trophies from the CMT Music Awards, Billboard Awards and iHeartRadio Awards, in addition to being recognized with four CMA Triple Play awards for penning three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period. The hitmaker has also launched a tequila brand, Dos Primos, now offering Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo variants.


As the leading female nominee and winner at the 2023 ACM Awards with Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Visual Media and Musical Event of the Year, and reigning CMA 2022 Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year, Lainey Wilson has earned the enthusiasm of the industry. Critically acclaimed and touted as a top “artist to watch” to being crowned the most nominated artist at both the 2023 CMA Awards with a record-breaking nine nominations and CMT Music Awards, the Louisiana native has made a name for herself in the industry as one of music’s hottest and most buzzed-about new artists. Landing her first No. 1 with her PLATINUM Certified ACM Song of the Year, “Things A Man Oughta Know,” nearly 10 years to the day after leaving her small farming community in a camper trailer to chase her dreams, she has won over legions of fans with her signature Bell Bottom Country sound and aesthetic, which blends traditional country with a modern yet retro flare. A prolific and sought-after songwriter – having co-writer credits on songs by artists including Luke Combs and Flatland Calvary – Lainey is a fresh, fierce voice in Nashville, delivering CMA-nominated album of the year with her label debut, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin.’ With a rockstar stage presence, her artistry has taken her across the globe, performing for sold-out crowds throughout the United States, UK, and Germany with notable names like Jon Pardi, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, HARDY, Jason Aldean, and Ashley McBryde. After topping the country radio charts for a second time with the two-week No. 1 hit “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell, she recently achieved her third and fourth No. 1 song with “Heart Like a Truck” and HARDY collaboration “wait in the truck.” Her current single, “Watermelon Moonshine,” is currently in the top 2 on the Country charts and climbing. Her critically acclaimed album, Bell Bottom Country, reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart, quickly rose to No. 1 on iTunes charts, and has amassed over 650 million streams to date. Wilson made her acting debut in Season 5 of the smash hit series “Yellowstone” as a musician character named Abby, where she premiered her original “Smell Like Smoke” as well as showcased other hits off her recent album, including “Watermelon Moonshine” and “Hold My Halo.” Adding to her growing list of endeavors, Wilson was recently named “Tractor Supply Brand Ambassador,” was honored at Billboard’s Women in Music Awards with the Rulebreaker Award, and most recently joined forces with Wrangler as the face of their 2023 fall/winter women’s collection.


As Lynyrd Skynyrd approaches the 50th anniversary of the band’s critically acclaimed debut album Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd in 2023, they resonate as deeply with their multi-generational fan base today as when they first emerged out of Jacksonville, Florida in 1973. Few ensembles have had the deep impact in creating a lifestyle as Skynyrd has. The band travels forward with a primary mission of celebrating a legacy that honors all who have had a resonating contribution to the lives of hundreds of millions of fans globally. Former members Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Billy Powell, Bob Burns, Leon Wilkeson, and Hughie Thomasson, alongside others, will forever remain significant contributors to this indelible repertoire and the band’s colorful history. Today, Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks on with a current line-up featuring Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Carol Chase, and Stacy Michelle. The rock and roll powerhouse continually tours, and as Van Zant shares, “It’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music. “With a catalog of over 60 albums, billions of streams, and tens of millions of records sold, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.


Multi-platinum, award-winning recording artist Elle King has amassed nearly two billion streams worldwide, including over 275 million for her Platinum-certified smash hit “Drunk (And I don’t Wanna Go Home)” with Miranda Lambert. The award-winning song reached #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay and the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts, marking the first woman-woman collaboration to reach the top slot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart since Reba McEntire and Linda Davis’ “Does He Love You.” In addition, King is the first female artist to earn #1 singles in four different formats, with her debut album Love Stuff that featured her breakthrough single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” which earned her two GRAMMY nominations and is certified 4x times platinum. In 2023, King released her new album, Come Get Your Wife, to rave reviews and a Top 10 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart. Co-producing the album and writing eight of tracks, the record includes her Gold Certified single “Worth A Shot,” featuring Dierks Bentley. This is the second time King and Bentley have teamed up, following their Grammy-nominated, CMA Award-winning, RIAA Platinum-certified #1 hit “Different for Girls.” With King’s unique blend of music and multi-genre fanbase, her tour schedule has her appearing with artists like Jelly Roll, Tyler Childers, Dierks Bentley, Melissa Etheridge and The Chicks.
What Can I Bring to the Event?

To ensure maximum safety for attendees, backpacks and coolers will not be permitted. Only small bags and personal cameras are permitted on the event site. Read our House Rules for what items and activities are and are not permitted at New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash!

All personal items are subject to search.

Is it Family Friendly?

Nashville is friendly to everyone. But please keep in mind the nature of the event: there will be tens of thousands of people celebrating at this event. Alcohol will be served. Music and fireworks can be loud. There will be a special Raising of the Note at the beginning of the night that families might enjoy.

What if it Rains?

A little rain can’t stop a Nashville party! We will be watching the weather very closely and will make decisions accordingly to keep our guests safe. This webpage will be updated as necessary and we will be offering up-to-the-minute updates on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Do I Need Tickets?

Nashville’s New Year’s Eve celebration is FREE and open to the public. Everyone’s invited to celebrate (for free) with Music City!

When and Where is the Event Happening?

The event site at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park opens at 5:30pm and Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash begins! Check out the full New Year’s Eve schedule.


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