New Year's Eve Fun Facts
- Nashville offers the best 'bash' for your buck!
This town loves a good party, and all at a great value. Nashville throws one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in the country with a full evening of FREE live music, fireworks and Music City's own midnight Music Note Drop®.
- Where else would you see a Music Note Drop®?
Nashville's 'Bash on Broadway' event is the ONLY place you can ring in to the New Year with the drop of a 15-foot-tall red music note covered in more than 150 feet of LED lights from a 115-foot structure. The Music Note Drop® will trigger a fireworks display and major confetti cannons as it reaches the midnight mark.
- Shine Bright.
Approximately 550 light bulbs were used in the '2013' sign that graced the stage, while more than 100 lights were used on the stage itself.
- It's a family affair.
Music City offers New Year's Eve fun for the whole family. New in 2012, the event featured a FAMILY HOUR from 7 to 8 p.m., during which families had an opportunity to mark the holiday with a raising of the music note, a fireworks display and discounted non-alcoholic beverages.
- Confetti Canons.
More than 20 pounds of confetti rained down on last year's New Year's Eve crowd at midnight.
- The 2012 talent had Nashville connections.
Music City's 2012 New Year's Eve headliner, The Fray, recorded its third album, Scars and Stories, at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and has garnered attention from USA Today who calls it "more muscular and more buoyant," while still maintaining a "searching earnestness that will delight the faithful." And one of the members of The Fray lives right here in Music City!
Since forming in 1993, Sixpence None the Richer has released four albums, scored several hit singles, appeared on countless soundtracks, landed a platinum record and even earned a few Grammy® nominations. The group is based in Nashville.
Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson of ACM- and CMA-nominated country duo Love and Theft first met in Music City, the home to many of their music inspirations. Love and Theft is the duo's first album since joining RCA Nashville and is a nod to the duo's varied influences, such as The Eagles and Elvis Presley.
Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis of Striking Matches came to Nashville to pursue music in 2006. The duo met at Belmont University where they were paired together by a professor to perform for a classroom of guitar majors. Their song "When the Right One Comes Along" was showcased on an episode of the new ABC primetime show, "Nashville."
- Behind the Scenes.
More than 50 crew members work over the course of four days to construct the stage, sound, lights and video.
- Ring in the New Year with FOUR days of festivities!
Nashville provides four consecutive days of entertainment offerings for visitors. The festivities kick off Saturday, December 28, when the NHL Nashville Predators play the LA Kings at Bridgestone Arena. On Sunday, December 29, the Titans play the Texans at LP Field, and MusicFest and Battle of the Bands take over Lower Broadway. Visitors can enjoy this Music City Bowl pre-game event featuring bands from the participating ACC and SEC schools. Jason Eskridge plays a Pre-Game Concert at the New Year's Eve Stage on Lower Broadway. The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl game follows on Monday, December 30, at 2:15pm at LP Field. And The Shuggah Pies perform the Post-Game Concert on the New Year's Eve Stage. The main event takes place on Tuesday, December 31: the Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway free street party and concert with Hank Williams, Jr., Blackberry Smoke, Brett Eldredge, The Kopecky Family Band, and Striking Matches. After a few days' rest from ringing in the New Year in Music City, visitors can also participate in the New Year's Resolution Run 5K on Saturday, January 4.
- Light up the Night.
For the first time ever, pyrotechnics were used for a special occasion during the Family Hour at 7 p.m. as the Music Note is raised. The 2012 midnight fireworks show was the biggest and best ever, as the sky burst into colors from various locations downtown.
- In the News.
While the NYE 'Bash on Broadway' is only in its 5th year, it has already received national and international media coverage from the likes of Sherman's Travel, Examiner.com, CNN, Quantas Travel Insider (Australia), Southwest Airlines blog, Bing.com, Southern Living and much more.
In 2012, Sherman's Travel wrote "The Music City will be living up to its moniker as it rings in 2012, thanks to its newly announced – and entirely free – Bash on Broadway celebration…If you're headed to town earlier, this city knows how to throw a music-fueled party pretty much any night of the year."