Country Music Superstar Will Be Joined by Special Guests HARDY and ERNEST
Tickets On Sale Friday, October 29 at Ticketmaster.com and the Rupp Arena Box Office
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Lexington, KY) MULTI-PLATINUM-selling Country superstar MORGAN WALLEN will headline Lexington, KY’s Rupp Arena on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Featuring special guests, CMA New Artist of the Year nominee HARDY and hitmaker ERNEST, tickets go on sale this Friday, October 29 at 10:00am (ET).
ABOUT MORGAN WALLEN:
Morgan Wallen has staked his claim as Country music’s next superstar with 7.5 BILLION on-demand streams, MULTI-PLATINUM certifications, and four consecutive chart-toppers, including the 5X PLATINUM breakout “Whiskey Glasses.” The SNL guest’s widely praised sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album (Big Loud/Republic Records), reigned #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 10 consecutive weeks upon release and remained in the Top 10 for 33 weeks, plus earned the biggest streaming week for a Country album in history. It includes more record-breaking achievements with one of TIME's Top 10 Songs of 2020, “7 Summers,” and “Wasted On You” – that both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and inside the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 – as well as 4X PLATINUM Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” and PLATINUM chart-topper “More Than My Hometown.” As "the most wanted man in country” (The New Yorker), the Tennessee native has stacked up the accolades, winning 2020’s CMA New Artist of the Year and iHeartRadio's Best New Country Artist awards, topping Billboard’s 2020 year-end Country Airplay chart with “Chasin’ You," plus high-profile features in The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, The Washington Post, Genius, GQ and more.
Big Loud Records’ booming upstart HARDY broke new ground in 2020 with acclaimed debut, A ROCK, “an album that owes as much to AC/DC as George Jones” and “one of the most self-assured full-length debut albums in years” (Billboard). The LP is a part of his growing catalogue that includes countrified mixtapes HIXTAPE: Vol. 1 (2019) and the now unfolding Vol. 2 (2021) plus career-launching EPs THIS OLE BOY and WHERE TO FIND ME. Current chart-rising single “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL” is a hard-charged tribute to a fallen friend, that made a statement as the most-added single of the week at Country radio upon launch. He is also featured on Dierks Bentley’s latest single, “Beers On Me,” with BRELAND. Nominated for 2021 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year and recognized as one of CRS’ 2021 New Faces of Country Music, a CMA Triple Play award recipient and a Vevo DSCVR artist, the pride of Philadelphia, MS has earned his reputation as "Nashville's most clever new redneck songwriter" (Rolling Stone). The 2020 AIMP Songwriter of the Year has co-penned NINE #1 singles since 2018: FGL’s 2X PLATINUM “Simple,” Chris Lane’s 2X PLATINUM “I Don’t Know About You,” Blake Shelton’s 4X PLATINUM “God’s Country," Morgan Wallen’s 3X PLATINUM “Up Down” and PLATINUM “More Than My Hometown,” Jameson Rodgers’ PLATINUM “Some Girls,” LOCASH's GOLD "One Big Country Song," Cole Swindell’s GOLD “Single Saturday Night” and his own first-ever #1, PLATINUM “ONE BEER.” Serving as direct support on Jason Aldean’s BACK IN THE SADDLE TOUR this summer, HARDY has also shared the stage with FGL, Chris Lane, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and more.
A Nashville native with an unpredictable style and personality to match, hitmaker ERNEST is now turning heads on both sides of the singer-songwriter game – and his career is just getting started. Currently one of the most sought-after co-writers on Music Row, he fuses a broad range of influence stretching from Eminem to George Strait, and has now scored four #1 smashes with Morgan Wallen’s “More Than My Hometown,” Florida Georgia Line’s “I Love My Country,” Chris Lane’s “Big, Big Plans,” and Sam Hunt’s “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s.” A MULTI-PLATINUM hit with Diplo and Wallen’s “Heartless” is also part of his growing catalog, and other notable cuts include Lane’s current single, “Fill Them Boots,” FGL’s “Blessings” and songs for Jake Owen, Mason Ramsey and more – including 11 tracks on Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album. As an artist, the eccentric free spirit released his vibrant debut album Locals Only on Big Loud Records in 2019, and followed up with the hand-on-your-heart anthem, “Cheers,” and latest release “American Rust.” His podcast “Just Being ERNEST” kicked off in the spring of 2020 and has hosted big-name guests including Keith Urban, Diplo, Jason Aldean and more. Recently wrapping its second season, a true Nashville maverick is coming into view.
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ABOUT CENTRAL BANK CENTER:
Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the Lexington Center Corporation (LCC) is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporate agency of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government established in 1974 to manage and maintain Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, the Central Bank Center (formerly Lexington Convention Center), Triangle Park and the Lexington Opera House. One of the nation’s most storied entertainment destinations, Central Bank Center venues collectively welcome an average of 1.3 million patrons annually.
Since 1976, Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center has served as the home court of the University of Kentucky Mens’ Basketball team, regularly leading the national attendance average. Rupp Arena has hosted legendary artists such as Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton and many more. Since 2018, Oak View Group and Live Nation Arenas have provided booking services to Rupp Arena. During the last eighteen months, Rupp Arena has broken all previous audience attendance and revenue records in its storied 43-year history.
The Lexington Opera House, built in 1886, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region. From its opening, the Opera House has played host to such famous stage performers W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, Al Jolson, Julie Harris, Steve Martin, Brian Wilson and Graham Nash. It has undergone two major renovations and remains a cultural destination in downtown Lexington.
The Central Bank Center holds over 200 meetings, trade shows and special events annually. It is currently undergoing a transformative $275 million expansion, featuring a dramatic, light-filled architectural design. Upon completion in Spring 2022, the new Central Bank Center will offer over 200,000 SF of flexible meeting and event space.
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ABOUT OVG FACILITIES:
Oak View Group Facilities, a division of the Oak View Group, which was founded by Irving Azoff, Tim Leiweke, and supported by Silverlake, specializes in event programming venue assessments, and security and emergency preparedness. Oak View Group Facilities can also provide full management services for arenas, stadiums, convention centers, and performing arts centers. Oak View Group is the largest developer of sports and entertainment facilities in the world with $4.5 billion of deployed capital across eight projects.
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Media Contact for RUPP ARENA:
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Media Contact for MORGAN WALLEN:
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