LOS ANGELES — If two weekends of Coachella weren’t enough to scratch that festival itch, you’re in luck. Stagecoach – one of the biggest country music festivals in the world – is back after its pandemic-induced hiatus.
Here are the most important things to know ahead of this weekend’s events.
When is the festival and how can I attend?
After two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the three-day festival, produced by Goldenvoice, makes its much-anticipated return on Friday and runs through Sunday. Stagecoach will take place on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, picking up where Coachella left off Last weekend.
While passes for the standing pit and reserved seating are sold out, general admission tickets are still available. Prices range from $399 to $459, the latter including a shuttle pass. There is an official waiting list and a stagecoach exchange website as well.
You can also attend the festival virtually thanks to a Live broadcast on YouTubewhich begins at 3 p.m. Friday.
Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs are the respective headliners for this year’s three-day event. Other performers include Maren Morris, Midland and Brandi Carlile (Friday); the Osborne brothers, Margo Price and Orville Peck (Saturday); and the Black Crowes, Smokey Robinson and Lainey Wilson (Sunday).
Additionally, Grammy Award-winning producer Diplo will once again host “Diplo Late Night in Palomino”, Stagecoach’s official after-party.
Coachella’s sister event will retain the health and safety policies of its mainstream counterpart. Stagecoach does not require proof of vaccinations, masks or social distancing. (The region saw a 77% increase in COVID-19 cases after the first weekend of Coachella, according to the desert sun.)
Choice include carpooling services, train and bus transportation, authorized taxis, etc. In addition, parking is free for all festival-goers; preferred parking is $99. An all-day shuttle service will run to and from the festival site throughout the weekend.
What are the food and drink options?
Stagecoach offers a long list of lounges, watering holes and outdoor dining options, including the return of Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehousewhich brings together a myriad of barbecue masters, each specializing in a different style.
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