Stagecoach Festival

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Stagecoach 2011 entrance.jpg
Entrance to the 2011 festival.
GenreCountry, country rock, Southern rock, bluegrass, heartland rock, alternative country
Location(s)Empire Polo Club
81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, California 92201
Years active2007–2019, 2022–

The Stagecoach Festival is an outdoor country music festival held annually at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Various artists attend, whether they be mainstream or relatively unknown,[1] ranging from folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, americana and alternative country.[2] It is[when?] the highest-grossing festival centered on country music in the world.[3] The festival is[when?]presented by Goldenvoice, The Messina Group, and Moore Entertainment[4] and acts as a sister event to Goldenvoice's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place the following weekend at the same site. The 2020 and 2021 Stagecoach Festivals were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6] On June 1, 2021, Stagecoach announced its 2022 return. The country music festival took place between April 29 and May 1, 2022.[7]


Stagecoach took place for the first time in 2007. Put on at the same venue, also by Goldenvoice, Stagecoach is seen as a "cousin" of Coachella. In 2012, the festival's 55,000 attendees marked its first sell-out crowd.[2] In 2018, Stagecoach set a new attendance record with 75,000 attendees.[8]

Notable performers have included Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, The Charlie Daniels Band, Alabama.[9] George Strait, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Eagles, Roger McGuinn, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Don Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shania Twain, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, and Eric Church.

In 2020, Stagecoach had initially been scheduled for April, was then moved to October 23–25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and on June 10 went (like Coachella) on hiatus by an order from the Riverside County public health official.[5] The hiatus was extended the next year.

In recent years, Stagecoach has become somewhat of a hotspot for fans and contestants of the reality dating show The Bachelor, with numerous contestants from Bachelor Nation being invited to attend the festival and post pictures on Instagram. It was revealed that initial drama on Season 6 of the Bachelor spinoff Bachelor in Paradise resulted from romantic relationships that took place at the music festival earlier in the year.[10] Sections of the 2018 film A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, were filmed at Stagecoach.[11]


The facilities provide on-site camping for some festival-goers. The Desert Sun published an article on the camping, reporting that some attendees think that it, as a standalone event, is almost on par with the concerts.[12] The 2013 festival's tent/car camping policy was eliminated and the RV camping rules altered due to the overwhelming 55,000 person sellout crowd at the 2012 festival. The new rules were to stand until Goldenvoice decided on a different approach.[13]

Festival cuisine[edit]

The festival showcases a variety of food and beverages to enjoy over the course of the weekend. Some of the restaurants expected for the 2013 festival were Jackelope Ranch, Las Casuelas, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Fisherman's Market & Grill, and vendors like Spicy Pie, Pink's Hot Dogs, and Waffleman Ice Cream Sandwiches. There are also full bars, a Cantina Restaurant, BBQ contest, and a pancake breakfast supporting the local Lions Club.[14]

Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned the Stagecoach Invitational BBQ Championship encompassing teams from across the nation competing for the KCBS California State championship.[4]

Grand champions[edit]

  • 2008 - Sug's Shack BBQ & BLQUE Cuttin Edge Que[15]
  • 2009 - Rhythm N' Que & Lotta Bull[16]
  • 2010 - Lotta Bull West[17]
  • 2011 - All Sauced Up[18]
  • 2012 - El Fuego Fiasco[19]

Lineups by year[edit]

Edition Year Dates Headliners Notable acts Ref
1 2007 5–6 May George StraitKenny Chesney Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Gary Allan, Eric Church, Pat Green, Jamie O'Neal, Jason Aldean, Jason Michael Carroll, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Nickel Creek, Junior Brown, Raul Malo, Drive-By Truckers, Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Old 97's, John Doe, Robert Earl Keen, Richie Furay, Doyle Lawson, Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson, Marty Stuart, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Old School Freight Train, The Flatlanders, Riders in the Sky, Asleep at the Wheel, Abigail Washburn, Red Steagall, Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell, Sons of the San Joaquin, Cowboy Nation [20]
2 2008 2–4 May EaglesRascal FlattsTim McGraw John Fogerty, The Judds, Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Shelby Lynne, Dwight Yoakam, Gretchen Wilson, Glen Campbell, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, Mike Ness, Earl Scruggs, George Jones, Shooter Jennings, Bucky Covington, Jack Ingram, Rissi Palmer, Luke Bryan, Ralph Stanley, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Halfway to Hazard, Michelle Branch, Crystal Shawanda, Jerry Douglas, Craig Morgan, Jypsi, Ian Tyson, Sons of the San Joaquin, Dan Tyminski, The Isaacs, Don Edwards, The Kentucky Headhunters, Michael Martin Murphey, Randy Rogers Band, J. D. Crowe, Chuck Wicks, Cherryholmes, Billy Joe Shaver, Red Steagall, Waddie Mitchell, Ryan Bingham, Charlie Louvin, Sam Bush, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Greencards, Whiskey Falls, Hayes Carll [21]
3 2009 25–26 April Kenny ChesneyBrad Paisley Reba McEntire, Kid Rock, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Poco, Charlie Daniels Band, Darius Rucker, Earl Scruggs, Chris Cagle, Lady Antebellum, The Reverend Horton Heat, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Lynn Anderson, Doyle Lawson, Peter Rowan, Danielle Peck, Dale Watson, Zac Brown Band, The Duhks, Waddie Mitchell, Randy Houser, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jim Lauderdale, James Intveld, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Greensky Bluegrass, Sacred Cowboys [22]
4 2010 24–25 April Keith UrbanToby Keith Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, Billy Currington, Phil Vassar, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ray Price, Jamey Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Carlene Carter, Bobby Bare, Joey + Rory, B. J. Thomas, Nick 13, Doyle Lawson, Baxter Black, The SteelDrivers, Easton Corbin, Mallary Hope, Chuck Mead, Mary Gauthier, Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Waddie Mitchell, Trampled by Turtles [23]
5 2011 30 April-1 May Rascal FlattsKenny Chesney Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Loretta Lynn, Chris Young, Leon Russell, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, The Gatlin Brothers, Jack Ingram, K.d. lang, Mel Tillis, Rodney Crowell, Rhonda Vincent, Secret Sisters, Steel Magnolia, Joanna Smith, Wanda Jackson, Rosie Flores, Lukas Nelson, Sara Watkins, Punch Brothers, Coal Porters, Stealing Angels, The Gourds, The CleverlysPhosphorescent, Peter Rowan, The Harters, Truth & Salvage Co. [24]
6 2012 27–29 April Brad PaisleyJason AldeanMiranda Lambert Blake Shelton, Alabama, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, The Mavericks, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers, Chris Isaak, Justin Moore, The Jayhawks, Eli Young Band, Roy Clark, The JaneDear girls, The Del McCoury Band, Brett Eldredge, Aaron Lewis, Ralph Stanley, Uncle Monk, J. D. Crowe, Sara Watkins, Sunny Sweeney, Dave Alvin, The Unforgiven, Greensky Bluegrass, Elizabeth Cook, J. D. Souther, Old Man Markley, Split Lip Rayfield, Joe Purdy, The Grascals [25]
7 2013 26–28 April Toby KeithLady AntebellumZac Brown Band Hank Williams Jr., Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square, Jeff Bridges, Dwight Yoakam, Lonestar, Roger McGuinn, Phil Vassar, The Charlie Daniels Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nick 13, Charley Pride, Joe Nichols, John Anderson, Don Williams, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Tanya Tucker, The Little Willies, Jana Kramer, John Reilly, Maggie Rose, Justin Townes Earle, Riders in the Sky, Hayes Carll, Suzy Bogguss, Waddie Mitchell, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Robert Ellis, Florida Georgia Line, The Steel Wheels, Becky Stark, Chris Shiflett [26]
8 2014 25–27 April Eric ChurchJason AldeanLuke Bryan Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line, Easton Corbin, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Brice, Loretta Lynn, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Prine, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Dustin Lynch, Shelby Lynne, Crystal Gayle, Chris Cagle, Eric Paslay, Ashley Monroe, Asleep at the Wheel, Jon Pardi, Dan + Shay, Michael Nesmith, Corey Smith, Don McLean, Charlie Worsham, Brenda Lee, Katey Sagal, Shakey Graves, John Conlee, Trampled by Turtles, Danielle Bradbery, Duane Eddy, The Black Lillies, Holly Williams, Shovels & Rope, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Dan + Shay, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Lindsay Ell, Jason Isbell, Kelleigh Bannen, JD McPherson, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jonny Fritz, Sarah Jarosz, Spirit Family Reunion, The Railers, The Howlin' Brothers, Susanna Hoffs, Radney Foster, The Seldom Scene, I See Hawks In L.A., Corb Lund, The Wild Feathers, Shelly Colvin [27]
9 2015 24–26 April Tim McGrawMiranda LambertBlake Shelton Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, Sara Evans, Merle Haggard, ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann, Parmalee, Gregg Allman, Frankie Ballard, Steve Earle, The Devil Makes Three, The Oak Ridge Boys, Sturgill Simpson, Cassadee Pope, Hot Rize, The Time Jumpers, Charles Esten, Outlaws, The Lone Bellow, Clare Bowen and Chris Carmack, Eric Burdon, Brothers Osborne, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Parker Millsap, Mickey Gilley, Maddie & Tae, The Handsome Family, Mac Davis, Chris Janson, Balsam Range, Nikki Lane, Keith Anderson, Lydia Loveless, John Moreland, Chatham County Line, Logan Mize, The Quebe Sisters, Logan Brill, Pegi Young, Daniel Romano, The Ben Miller Band, Cam, Della Mae, Andrew Combs, Lindi Ortega, Clare Dunn, Jason Eady, The Haden Triplets, Anaïs Mitchell, Old Salt Union, David Fanning [28]
10 2016 29 April-1 May Eric ChurchCarrie UnderwoodLuke Bryan Chris Young, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, Chris Stapleton, A Thousand Horses, Jana Kramer, Mo Pitney, RaeLynn, Kristian Bush, Caitlyn Smith, Old Dominion, Drake White, Brett Young, Lucie Silvas, Emmylou Harris, Rainey Qualley, Ruthie Collins, Robert Earl Keen, Aaron Watson, The Doobie Brothers, Lucero, John Fogerty, Turnpike Troubadours, Dale Watson, Lee Ann Womack, The Marshall Tucker Band, Carl Anderson, Sam Palladio, Johnny Lee, Leroy Powell, Sam Outlaw, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Marty Stuart, Jamestown Revival, Amanda Shires, Billy Joe Shaver, Luke Bell, Midland, Whitey Morgan, Rodney Crowell, The Earls of Leicester, Cody Jinks, Langhorne Slim, The Deslondes, Aubrie Sellers, Pokey LaFarge, William Elliott Whitmore, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, EmiSunshine, Waddie Mitchell, Susto [29]
11 2017 28–30 April Dierks BentleyShania TwainKenny Chesney Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, Jon Pardi, Dan + Shay, Cam, Maddie & Tae, Maren Morris, Los Lobos, 38 Special, Jamey Johnson, Cowboy Junkies, Elle King, Margo Price, The Cadillac Three, Elle King, Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs, The Zombies, Nikki Lane, Cody Johnson, Rhiannon Giddens, Robert Ellis, Lanco, Randy Rogers Band, Bobby Bones, Brent Cobb, Keifer Sutherland, Son Volt, William Michael Morgan, Anderson East, Justin Townes Earle, John Moreland, Dylan Scott, Ryan Hurd, Brooke Eden, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, The Cactus Blossoms, Levi Hummon, Ruston Kelly, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Bailey Bryan [30]
12 2018 27–29 April Florida Georgia LineKeith UrbanGarth Brooks Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Trisha Yearwood, Cody Jinks, Dwight Yoakam, Brett Young, Chris Janson, Jason Isbell, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Granger Smith, Kenny Rogers, Molly Hatchet, Midland, Aaron Watson, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Wallen, Gordon Lightfoot, Jordan Davis, Carly Pearce, Lukas Nelson, The Georgia Satellites, Ronnie Milsap, Ashley McBryde, Seth Ennis, Joshua Hedley, Jade Bird, Colter Wall, Tyler Childers, Brandy Clark, Jillian Jacqueline, Paul Cauthen, Runaway June, Jade Jackson [31]
13 2019 26–28 April Luke BryanSam HuntJason Aldean Cole Swindell, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lauren Alaina, Bret Michaels, Cam, Tom Jones, Scotty McCreery, Lanco, Jordan Davis, Russell Dickerson, Michael Ray, Danielle Bradbery, Devin Dawson, Sammy Kershaw, Mark Chesnutt, Cody Johnson, Jessie James Decker, Mitchell Tenpenny, Joe Diffie, Travis Denning, Jimmie Allen, Tyler Rich, Whiskey Myers, Jon Langston, Ashley Monroe, Dan Tyminski, Aubrie Sellers, Rita Wilson, Charley Crockett, Whitey Morgan, Terri Clark, Parker Millsap, Abby Anderson, Adam Hambrick, Ruby Boots [32]
14 2020 (Cancelled) 24–26 April Thomas RhettCarrie UnderwoodEric Church Brett Young, Dan + Shay, Alan Jackson, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Jon Pardi, Billy Ray Cyrus, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Morgan Wallen, LoCash, Chris Lane, Lil Nas X, Tanya Tucker, Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jimmie Allen, Neal McCoy, Nikki Lane, Marty Stuart, Shenandoah, RaeLynn, Ryan Bingham, Paul Cauthen, Hardy, Tenille Townes, Gabby Barrett, Pam Tillis, Caylee Hammack, Niko Moon, Ingrid Andress, Jade Jackson, Hayes Carll, The Last Bandoleros, Orville Peck, Brandon Ratcliff, Seaforth, Ian Noe, Hailey Whitters, Whitney Rose, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Haden Triplets, Payton Smith, Laci Kaye Booth [33]
15 2022 29 April-1 May Thomas RhettCarrie UnderwoodLuke Combs Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, The Black Crowes, Midland, Lee Brice, Cody Johnson, Brandi Carlile, Cody Jinks, Smokey Robinson, Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, LoCash, Tanya Tucker, Margo Price, The Mavericks, Hardy, The Marcus King Band, Jimmie Allen, Yola, Ryan Hurd, Colter Wall, Lindsay Ell, Ingrid Andress, Travis Denning, Rhiannon Giddens, Neal McCoy, Shenandoah, Hailey Whitters, Breland, Orville Peck, Lainey Wilson, Charley Crockett, Caylee Hammack, Hayes Carll, Amythyst Kiah, Molly Tuttle, Waylon Payne, The Cactus Blossoms, Shy Carter, Flatland Cavalry, Reyna Roberts, Laci Kaye Booth, Zach Bryan, Ian Noe, Callista Clark, Jesse Labelle [34]
16 2023 28-30 April Luke BryanKane BrownChris Stapleton Jon Pardi, Old Dominion, Brooks & Dunn, Riley Green, Gabby Barrett, Parker McCollum, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Tyler Childers, Elle King, Niko Moon, Turnpike Troubadours, Breland, Nelly, Diplo, Melissa Etheridge, Morgan Wade, Lainey Wilson, Priscilla Block, Ryan Bingham, Sammy Kershaw, Marty Stuart, Parmalee, Ian Munsick, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bailey Zimmerman, Nate Smith, Kameron Marlowe, Luke Grimes, Jackson Dean, Nikki Lane, Valerie June, Trixie Mattel, Corey Kent, Warren Zeiders, Seaforth, Lily Rose, Sierra Ferrell, Drake Milligan, American Aquarium, Restless Road, Flamin' Groovies, The Last Bandoleros, Keb' Mo', Nick Shoulders, Jaime Wyatt [35]

See also[edit]


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