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Headliner announced for First Night Raleigh

Posted December 7, 2015
Updated December 8, 2015

First Night Raleigh

— Folk rock band Scythian will headline this year's First Night Raleigh on New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh, organizers announced Monday.

This year's First Night theme is "Celebrating North Carolina Firsts" and will include several new attractions leading up to the WRAL Countdown to Midnight.

Events kick off at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 with the children's celebration at the North Carolina museums of History and Natural Sciences and outside at the Bicentennial Plaza.

The interactive art exhibit Art Putt will also start at 2 p.m. This new attraction is a miniature golf course featuring nine "North Carolina Firsts" themed holes designed by local artists.

The First Night Ferris wheel is back this year. It will be joined by a new ride, "The Sizzler." Both attractions open at 2 p.m. ​

Main stage performances start at 5 p.m. and the People's Procession parade heads down Fayetteville Street at 6 p.m.

Headliners Scythian will host a special performance at the early countdown at 7 p.m. They will return to the stage later to help ring in 2016.

Ira David Wood III is back as the countdown master of ceremonies.

In addition to Scythian, First Night Raleigh will host many performances throughout downtown. Artists include Carolina Harmony Chorus, Jonathan Byrd, Josh Dumbleton, Raleigh’s own See Gulls, T0W3RS, African American Dance Ensemble, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, North Carolina Opera singers, John Dee Holeman, Comedy Worx, Transactors Improv Company and Flor y Canto.

Tickets are on sale now through First Night Raleigh's website, at area Harris Teeter and Rite Aid stores and other local retailers. Advance tickets are $10. The day-of the event, ticket prices go up to $14 for adults and $11 for children.

Artsplosure presents First Night each year. WRAL is once again a proud sponsor.


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  • Roger Way Dec 7, 2015
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    So, with all of the wonderful name bands with North Carolina roots, the committee once again selects headliners from outside the state (DC based, in this case) ... And all in the name of "celebrating North Carolina." Typical!

  • Rosco Coltrane Dec 7, 2015
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    They have several videos on youtube. You should listen to a couple of them. This way, you will know that going to First Night Raleigh, will be a waste of your time and money.

  • Amanda Dean Dec 7, 2015
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    Never heard of them

  • Donna Dearing Dec 7, 2015
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  • Brian Lancaster Dec 7, 2015
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