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First Night Raleigh 2016 is excited to announce Scythian as the festival’s headliner. Taking place in downtown Raleigh on Dec. 31, patrons will join thousands of attendees in “Celebrating North Carolina Firsts” with festive music, activities for all ages and exciting performances.

Headlining this year’s main stage, leading up to the countdown to 2016, Scythian will begin their exciting performance at 10:30 p.m. Scythian is hailed for their thunderous energy, storytelling songwriting and years of getting people dancing all night. Scythian released their new album, Jump at the Sun, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance rock concert experience.

“Scythian is the perfect headliner for our 25th First Night Raleigh festival,” says Terri Dollar, programing director for Artsplosure. “Their live show will get everyone within earshot dancing and celebrating into 2016 with wild abandon!  We are super excited about presenting them!”

Performances at the Main Stage will begin at 5 p.m. Later into the night, the streets of Raleigh will come alive with performances in over 20 blocks of downtown Raleigh and a First Night tradition, the People’s Procession at 6 p.m. The celebration will culminate in City Plaza as the famous Raleigh acorn drops while fireworks are shot off into the night sky.

In addition, other artists scheduled to appear include: African American Dance Ensemble, Comedy Worx, The Snyder Family Band, NC Opera, See Gulls, T0W3RS, Hobey Ford, and many more!

A complete list of the full lineup can be found at, with admission going on sale December 1 for $10* when purchased in advance.

*Plus local and state sales tax.

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About Artsplosure

Artsplosure is an independent nonprofit organization that presents arts festivals in Raleigh, including its namesake spring festival since 1980 and First Night Raleigh since 1991.  Its mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public, all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Artsplosure is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on the recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission and is also supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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