Nashville is a city that is much more commonly associated with country music than a big new Years Eve party but that doesn't stop the locals throwing themselves into the occasion, with visitors from across Tennessee and the rest of the country and indeed the world come to town to join the party, which does of course commonly include a country and western theme!
There are a number of music venues in Nashville, probably more per head of population than pretty much anywhere else in the US, and these tend to be the focus of the NYE celebrations, but there is still plenty other stuff going on if you prefer more traditional options of fireworks, food and drink - Nashville does all of those in impressive enough style as well!
As such as musically orientated city, Nashville has a number of popular live music venues, and these all compete to host the top acts over the new year and holiday period. The big headline performer for several years now (long enough to pretty much become a local new year tradition!) has been Bassnectar performing at the city's Bridgestone Arena, but we can now confirm that he will not be in Nashville for new year 2017, as he is instead playing live in Birmingham, Alabama.
Other top venues include the Ryman Auditorium, the famous Grand Ole Opry House, the Franklin Theater and the War Memorial Auditorium.
Away from the music halls, the big event in Nashville is the New Years Eve Bash on Broadway, which takes place on Lower Broadway right in the centre of town. This event is currently sponsored by Jack Daniels and organisers this year are planning for a crowd of up to 150,000!
Highlights include live musical performances, a free street party and a midnight countdown with a musical theme (we've had a guitar and a music note replacing the traditional ball drop in previous years) plus of course the mandatory fireworks display. We're also told to expect large quantities of confetti to be involved at some stage.
The headline performers this years will be Nashville favourites Kings Of Leon, supported by Chris Stapleton, Sugar and the Hi-Lows, the Whigs, Wild Cub, LANco and Kelsea Ballerini
Last years the headline acts from the Bash on Broadway were also carried by live stream to Times Square in New York where they were a key part of the iconic Dick Clark's New Year Rockin Eve party. We'll be looking out to see if the same happens again for this new year and let you know as soon as we have confirmation
The bars and nightclubs of Nashville all like to get in on the act too - major venues include the Ibiza nightclub, Ultra Violet and The Greenhouse. Live music acts for new year 2016 include the Cab Calloway orchestra at The Franklin Theatre, Moon Taxi at the War Memorial Auditorium and The Delta Saints at Marathon Music Works.
Gaylord's Opryland Hotel offers a special new year's eve package that includes your accommodation and tickets to the party held in the resort, which this year is a New Year's Eve Indoor Street Party featuring three live bands, DJ, dinner and champagne toast at midnight, reserve your place here.
For those with more cultural leanings then we can heartily recommend A Nashville Symphony New Year's Eve at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center located downtown. The event this year features A New Years Eve Pops, with cabaret singer Sylvia McNair and pianist and vocalist Kevin Cole, conducted by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero.
For football fans new year's eve also sees the Music City Bowl being playe at the Nissan Stadium.
In terms of dining options if you want to get a decent feed before you head to your party of choice, of even just to spend the evening more quietly with friends and family then Nashville has an excellent range of options too. Southern style cuisine is obviously a speciality but international tastes are catered for too - most popular eateries include Fleming's Steakhouse, Watermark restaurant and Giovanni's Ristorante. Check out all the top Nashville restaurants here.
Places to watch live online, including some decent skyline views that should capture the fireworks nicely:
Nashville is also one of the locations featured on the CNN New Years Eve Live show, which you can find out how to watch live online here.
There is always a warm welcome in Nashville, and the plentiful range of accommodations means you shouldn't have too many problems finding somewhere to lay down for the night. Find your local hotels here.
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