Stagecoach: The big mainstream music festival that doesn’t suck.
Indio, California’s country version of the massive Coachella Festival bucks the trend of most corporate country music festivals by casting independent artists and legacy acts in their lineup right beside some of the biggest current names in the country music industry as well as major label up-and-comers. This is the environment that cultivates cross-pollination between independent artists and a wider fan base, while simply being on the poster helps independent artists’ name recognition. Brush aside the big headliners if you choose, Stagecoach still books more independent artists per capita, and the festival appearance is a big opportunity and payday for these deserving names.
With their 2015 lineup, Stagecoach shows their commitment to independent music by booking some of the fastest-rising and most deserving artists in the independent country and Americana world. On the first day you have The Devil Makes Three, Sturgill Simpson, Parker Milsap, and Lydia Loveless sharing the stage with Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers, Kacey Musgraves, and Merle Haggard.
The second day features Nikki Lane, John Moreland, The Quebe Sisters, Daniel Romano, and Della Mae with Steve Earle and Gregg Allman, while the third day will see appearances by Chatham County Line, Ben Miller Band, and Andrew Combs.
The 2014 Stagecoach lineup featured the deserving names of Jason Isbell, The Whiskey Shivers, Corb Lund, Holly Williams, Sarah Jarosz, Shovels & Rope, and Shakey Graves just to name a few.
The 2015 Stagecoach Music Festival will transpire on April 24, 25, and 26 and Indio, CA’s Empire Polo Club. And since many will not be able to make the trek to Southern California, Stagecoach usually offers broadcast and streaming alternatives for people who want to see their favorite artists live from the festival. Last year the Stagecoach weekend was broadcast on AXS TV. Tickets go on sale October 14th.