’90s showstoppers En Vogue to headline the Famously Hot New Year

En Vogue, the iconic ’90s vocal group and one of the top 5 highest-selling female American music groups in history, will perform a free, full-length concert at Famously Hot New Year, South Carolina’s largest free New Year’s Eve celebration, in downtown Columbia, SC on Dec. 31, 2018.

The concert will be followed by a midnight countdown and the biggest NYE fireworks display in the state. New Orleans-inspired jazz and brass group Soda City Brass Band will support, and Charleston, SC’s indie hip-hop group Little Stranger will open the show.

“We are beyond thrilled to bring together community members and visitors alike for such a wonderful, time-honored event,” says Hamilton Grant, co-chair of Famously Hot New Year. “The talent this year is exceptional, and I am confident that this year will be one to beat.”

En Vogue Live on NYE at Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, S.C.
S.C.’s Largest Free NYE Celebration
Date: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
Location: Main at Gervais in downtown Columbia, S.C.
Price: Free

South Carolina’s free party of the year, Famously Hot New Year brings thousands of visitors to the Columbia, S.C. region to enjoy a free concert with a national headliner, a midnight countdown and the biggest NYE fireworks display in South Carolina.

Famously Hot New Year Celebration Schedule:

6:30 p.m. | Concert gates open
7:50 – 8:30 p.m. | Little Stranger
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. |Soda City Brass Band
10:30 – 11:55 p.m. | En Vogue (Full set)
11:55 p.m. – 12:10 a.m. | Mayor Benjamin on stage & fireworks
12:30 a.m. | Beer, wine  sales end

Gates close at 1 a.m.

Set next to historic S.C. State House on Main Street in Columbia, S.C., the celebration features food from local vendors; beer, wine and bubbly; street merchants and more in a fun, friendly festival environment amid downtown Columbia, S.C.’s vibrant, walkable lifestyle districts. The event is in the midst of plentiful parking, hotels, restaurants, and shops for those planning a visit to celebrate New Year’s Eve in South Carolina’s capital city.

Past national acts have included Elle King and Nappy Roots (2017); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Sister Hazel (2016); Ms. Lauryn Hill (2015); The O’Jays and Misterwives (2014); Kool and the Gang and Z.Z. Ward (2013); The Wallflowers, Atlantic Starr and Biz Markie (2012) and George Clinton (2011).

What started in 2011 as a NYE street concert and fireworks show has grown into a major statewide celebration, set amid the capital city’s charming, historic downtown dining and shopping districts, with multiple hotels within blocks of the festivities.

How to Get There and Back:

The COMET

Ride for just $3 flat, with unlimited rides to and from Famously Hot New Year.

Hop on at a stop along one of many routes across the Midlands or by driving to one of four easy park-and-ride locations. Buses will run across the Midlands beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31, with the last pickup from the event at Sumter and Lady Streets at 1:30 a.m. the night of the event.

Riders can pay in cash at the beginning of their first ride, or on their mobile phones using the “Catch the COMET” app, on which riders can monitor bus routes in real time: http://catchthecomet.org/app/.

Checker Yellow Cab: 

KW Beverage is joining Checker Yellow Cab to provide the annual New Year’s Eve Free Ride Home Program.

Cabs will be stationed at the following locations for the subsidized cab rides on December 31, between 11 pm and 3am:
(1) Near the Fountain In Five Points
(2) Near the Tin Roof in the Vista
(3) At the corner of Lady St and Sumter St
Private Partygoers can also call between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and also receive a free ride home up to $10.00. Some Restrictions Apply:
Free rides are limited to those hours and the destination of the trip must be a residence or hotel within Richland and Lexington Counties…

Here are some tips for the customer to make the service more efficient:

1) Call 803-799-3311. To take advantage of the program you must call Checker Yellow Cab prior to the ride or let the driver know you are a KW Beverage Alert Cab Rider…
2) Be ready with the name of the bar, business location, or phone number of the place from which you are calling.
3) Check the cab for all personal items prior to exiting. Drivers are independent contractors and generally go directly to the next available call on New Year’s Eve.
4) Do not bring open containers into the cab.

 

This year’s park-and-ride locations:

Parking:

Public parking is complimentary at all City of Columbia downtown parking deck facilities from Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 at 3 a.m. (late Sunday night) until Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at 3:00 a.m. (late Tuesday night.) See a full list of parking garages online.

Citywide on-street meter operations will also be complimentary on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Alert Cab Discounts:

Those who need a safe ride home can take an Alert Cab, for which the first $10 of each taxicab fare is complimentary, thanks to sponsors KW Beverage and Budweiser. Guests can catch an Alert Cab on Lady Street, between Main and Sumter Streets.

Street Closures:

Guests who drive to Famously Hot New Year are encouraged to note the following street closures and openings in downtown Columbia, S.C.

Sunday, Dec. 30 Closures

8:00 a.m.: 1200 block of Gervais St., between Main St. and Sumter St., closes

Monday, Dec. 31 Closures

7:00 a.m.: 1100 and 1200 blocks of Gervais St., between Assembly St. and Sumter St., close.

Half block area of 1200 block of Main St., south of the entrance to the NBSC parking garage, closes

9:00 a.m.: 900 block of South Main St., from Pendleton St. to College St., closes

4:00 p.m.: Remainder of 1200 block of Main St., between Lady St. and Gervais St., closes

11:30 p.m.: 1100 and 1200 blocks of Pendleton St. close

Tuesday, Jan. 1 Reopenings

12:30 a.m.: 1100 and 1200 blocks of Pendleton St. reopen

2:00 a.m.: 900 block of South Main St., from Pendleton St. to College St., reopens

8:00 a.m.: 1200 block of Main St., between Lady St. and Gervais St., reopens

9:00 a.m.: 1200 block of Gervais St., between Main St. and Sumter St., reopens. 1100 and 1200 blocks of Gervais St., between Assembly St. and Sumter St., reopen. Half block area of 1200 block of Main St., south of the entrance to the NBSC parking garage, reopens.