Popular DJ, songwriter and producer Diplo. (Provided photo)
Diplo, Cole Swindell round out Coors Light Birds Nest lineup
The lineup for the 2022 Coors Light Birds Nest is now complete as widely popular DJ, songwriter and producer Diplo and American country music sensation Cole Swindell will hit the stage on Wednesday night at the popular concert series that will take place Feb. 9-12 during Waste Management Phoenix Open Week. Limited tickets for these star-studded shows are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.coorslightbirdsnest.com.
“We are pumped to welcome Diplo and Cole Swindell to kick off the first of four awesome nights of music at the Coors Light Birds Nest,” said 2022 Tournament Chairman Michael Golding. “Our fans have shown their love for both EDM and country music, so we figured why not get this concert series started in style by showcasing both on the same night.”
Diplo is an American DJ and co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project Major Lazer, a member of the supergroup LSD with Sia and Labrinth, a member of electronic duo Jack Ü with producer and DJ Skrillex, and a member of Silk City with Mark Ronson. The 10-time Grammy-nominated artist has worked closely with top artists including Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Madonna and Bad Bunny; continues to helm his own long-running label Mad Decent and tours the world over. In 2020, Diplo debuted his first country album, Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil — now certified Gold — as well as his first ambient album, MMXX.
Grammy-nominated multi-Platinum rising superstar Cole Swindell has toured with the biggest performers in country music including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Dierks Bentley, and officially became a headliner on his own Reason To Drink Tours in 2018. He has racked up more than 4 BILLION global career streams, an impressive 10 No. 1 singles; 11 No. 1 singles as a songwriter; one 1 billion+ audience reaching single (“You Should Be Here”), nine Platinum singles (two singles at 2x Platinum); a Platinum-certified debut album (Cole Swindell) and a Gold-certified sophomore album (You Should Be Here), his No. 1 hit “Break Up In The End” named the NSAI Song of the Year (2019), as well as numerous songwriting including being named the NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year (2016) and Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year during his debut (2015).
“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome music fans back to the Coors Light Birds Nest and to feature an incredible lineup of musicians,” Golding said. “The artists in this year’s lineup are some of the most talented and well-known musicians in the world and we can’t wait to see them take the stage in front of 8,000 music-hungry fans.”
Headlining the Thursday, Feb. 10 show is American country music star Sam Hunt with Special Guest and multi-platinum recording artist Russell Dickerson. Hunt is well-known for slipping hip-hop phrasing and modern R&B rhythms into country-pop songs, marking a significant generational shift in country music. Since the launch of his career, Hunt has quickly earned recognition from both inside and outside the country music community and has been honored with numerous awards, including one American Music Award and one CMT Music Award, as well as nominations for Billboard Music Awards and GRAMMY Awards.
A four-time GRAMMY award winning rapper and songwriter from Seattle, Wash., Macklemore will headline the third night of the Coors Light Birds Nest on Friday, Feb. 11. Macklemore earned his four GRAMMY’s in 2014, which include wins for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album (The Heist), and Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his hit single “Thrift Shop”, one of his two No. 1 singles that year. He also earned two American Music Awards in 2013 for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album (The Heist), as well Billboard Music Awards in 2013 and 2014 for Rap Song of the Year (“Thrift Shop”) and Top Rap Song (“Can’t Hold Us”).
Rounding out the Coors Light Birds Nest lineup is Norwegian-born music producer/DJ Kygo, along with special guests Sam Feldt and Forester, who will take to the stage on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kygo has established himself as a household name thanks to his widely popular remixes, sellout shows in North America and Europe as well as headline performances at Coachella and Ultra Music Festival. He has amassed 15 billion cumulative global audio and video streams and has broken numerous streaming records. Kygo earned one of his biggest hits with the multiplatinum “It Ain’t Me” (feat. Selena Gomez), going Top-10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and clocking over 2.5 billion streams worldwide. Kygo will be making his second appearance following his hugely successful debut at the Coors Light Birds Nest in 2020.
The Coors Light Birds Nest will see some changes this year to the outdoor patio area. The 48,000 square foot tent will still showcase the live performances, but outside of the tent will offer an enhanced fan experience with more of a music festival atmosphere.
“The Coors Light Birds Nest has been known for hosting some of the biggest stars around, but this year, we wanted to take a look at how we could improve the overall fan experience, especially before the headliners take the stage,” said 2022 Coors Light Birds Nest Chairman Eric Brandt. “Coors Light Birds Nest ticket holders can expect a much more fan-friendly atmosphere where they can meet friends for drinks after golf, come early to have a bite to eat at food trucks, play outdoor party games and enjoy the various outdoor bars and seating areas.”
Coors Light Birds Nest general admission tickets will start at $75, while VIP tickets are available starting at $285 each and provide exclusive access to an enhanced VIP area where guests are treated to complimentary food and drinks and access to a premium viewing area for the shows. Organizers encourage fans to buy their tickets early as ticket prices will increase as the event draws closer.
The Coors Light Birds Nest is located directly across from the main Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road. The entertainment venue opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Headline acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Coors Light Birds Nest is a 21-and-over venue. For more information about the Coors Light Birds Nest visit www.coorslightbirdsnest.com.