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First Night Raleigh announces full lineup

Posted December 2, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014

— Indie-rock band Augustines will headline this year's First Night Raleigh New Year's Eve bash, event organizers announced Tuesday. 

This year's theme is "Out of This World." The evening will include performances by The Love Language, The Barefoot Movement, Old Man Luedecke, the African American Dance Ensemble, Moving Pieces "traveling theatre," the PopUp Chorus and more.

As with each year, the festivities kick off at 2 p.m. with the Children's Celebration at the North Carolina Museums of History and Natural Sciences and outside at the Bicentennial Plaza. The early countdown, which includes an acorn drop and fireworks, is at 7 p.m.

Main stage performances will start at 4 p.m. and as the night goes on there will be performances throughout downtown. The popular People's Procession street parade will be at 6 p.m. 

New attractions this year include an "Alien Abduction" ride. The Fantastical First Night Ferris Wheel will also be there again this year. Both rides open to the public at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31.

See the full schedule of events

The Brooklyn-based band Augustines will lead Raleigh into 2015, joined by countdown master of ceremonies Ira David Wood III. The acorn drop, as always, will be followed by fireworks. 

Advance tickets are $10. That price goes up to $14 for adults and $11 for children on Dec. 31. While access to downtown streets is free on New Year's Eve, you will need a First Night button to see the performances and concerts  and to get close for the acorn drop.


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  • Angie Cox Dec 3, 2014
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    Never heard of any of these bands. Glad I am not going!

  • LetsBeFair Dec 2, 2014

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    last time I checked ... it was all the USA. ;)

  • LetsBeFair Dec 2, 2014

    went once and never again. 3 cops per person, all trying to figure out if you've had an alcoholic drink.

  • KT6596 Dec 2, 2014

    Don't forget Rev. Barber will be there with his hands up an his mouth open.

  • Roy Blumenfeld Dec 2, 2014
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    The Love Language is playing too. They are from Raleigh. While Augustines wouldn't be my first choice, I am looking forward to everything.

  • dwntwnboy2 Dec 2, 2014

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    - maybe the Raleigh bands were booked already?

  • UpChuck Dec 2, 2014

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    He kind of looks like Jason Segal, as well.

  • Ted DeBord Dec 2, 2014
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    The guy in the middle of that pic looks like Brad Pitt.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Dec 2, 2014

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    That's because everyone in Raleigh is from NY and they tell you how great NY is. So great they moved here.

  • I Have a Discernible Chin Dec 2, 2014

    I guess it just wouldn't be Raleigh unless we got a band from NY to play.