There's always the biggest event in the Triangle which is First Night in downtown Raleigh. Donna the Buffalo will ring in the new year at midnight and Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Mandolin Orange will also play earlier sets.
There's also Arrogance at the Cat's Cradle and The Moaners and Veelee at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Tons of other shows will be going on as well. Check out the list below, broken down by city.
Arrogance, No Eyes & Dogbreath @ Cat's Cradle
The Moaners, Veelee & Los Naturales @ Nightlight
Salt to Bitters, Twilighter & Robobilly @ The Cave
The Wusses, Sleazy McQueen, Wembly, B.A.Barawkus & Chocolate Thunder @ Motorco Music Hall
Big Daddy Love & The Lizzy Ross Band @ Broad Street Cafe
The Mantras & Native Sway @ The Pour House
Motor Skills, DJ Gonzo, The Biters, Jon Yu & Poolside @ Kings
Donna the Buffalo, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Tropic Culture, Mandolin Orange & many more @ First Night
Chip Robinson & The Heavy Ass Kicking Outfit @ Slim's
Six Stylez @ Tir Na Nog
Yarn & Possum Jenkins @ Berkeley Cafe
Hank Sinatra, The Balsa Gliders & Debonzo Brothers @ Deep South the Bar
Gross Reality, KIFF, H.O.W., ATF, CC Mullins and Rude Mood & Parasite Drag @ Volume 11 TavernTaradactyl & D&D Sluggers @ Dive Bar
Nantucket, Replica & All My Rowdy Friends @ Southland Ballroom