J. Cole to return to the Valley, Suns Stadium in October

PHOENIX, Ariz. – World renowned hip-hop artist, J. Cole, has announced an upcoming show at the Footprint Center, also known as the Suns Stadium, Oct. 17, 2021. The last time J. Cole played the Valley was with 21 Savage at the Suns Arena in August 2018.

Katelynn Kohnert, an avid J. Cole fan, went to his concert in 2018 and plans to go again this month. “I only went to the last show for J. Cole, honestly. He’s been my favorite artist since high school,” said Kohnert. She also said her first concert was Bring Me The Horizon, a British rock band, and a stark contrast to J. Cole.

Clayton Romero, a newcomer to this fan-base, says he will be attending the concert in October, as well, and is very excited to attend the show. When asked if this will be his first concert, he laughed, “My second, first if you don’t count the Jonas Brothers!”

Playing with J. Cole will be Morray and 21 Savage. 21 Savage is someone who recorded with J. Cole on his newest album, and invited his fellow artist to record songs with him. Morray, who also collaborated with J. Cole on “The Off-Season” album, is also on the line-up.

21 Savage, J. Cole, and Morray, all categorize their music as hip-hop/rap. Informally, they are referred to as “trap,” or occasionally, “mumble” rap artists.

Cole released his most recent album in May 2021 labeled “The Off-Season.” The set list is said to contain songs from the albums “KOD,” “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” “4 Your Eyez Only,” “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” and “Born Sinner.” His newest album is said to be played in full, but has not been confirmed.

Cole’s concert, based off of Concerty’s predicted set list, will contain songs mostly from his “2014 FHD” and “KOD” albums. Clayton and Katelynn both agreed that those albums were his most popular in the past, and Katelynn says they were played at his last concert.

As of April 2021, masks are still mandatory to enter the Footprint Center unless actively eating or drinking. There is not a “Vaccinated Section” for those who show their CDC COVID-19 Record Card and government-issued ID before entering. Those who do sit in the vaccinated section will be asked to take a rapid COVID-19 test.

Guests may find parking at the Footprint Center Parking Garage and at 333 E. Jefferson St. Garage. These are pay-to-park locations, ranging from $25 to $30, and may be even more expensive on the day of the concert. For more information about the concert, visit https://www.footprintcenter.com/events/j-cole/.