Another year has already come and gone for the infamous STAGECOACH festival in Indio, California and with artists performing like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, & Thomas Rhett, country fans were definitely in heaven all weekend long. I’ve been coming to Stagecoach for the past four years and every year it continues to get better!
For those of you who were unable to attend the festival, you can catch a glimpse of it here on Country Music Minute!
Fans from all around stormed the polo fields on Friday, April 25th at 1pm to see some of their favorite artists perform. Headlining on opening night of the festival was Eric Church, going on around 10:30pm. When Church first hit the stage, there were some technical issues with the audio. Fans out in the polo fields were chanting “fix the audio.” Amidst the strong winds and failed audio, fans still stuck it out to see Church perform. After five songs in, audio was fixed while Church continued performing hits off his latest album, “The Outsiders.” WOW! What a performance and a great start to the weekend. Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Easton Corbin, and Eric Pasley were among the others to perform on Friday night on the Mane Stage.
Easton Corbin & Lynyrd Skynyrd were set to play roughly around the same time on different stages but when the famous Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd went on fans left the Mane Stage and swarmed over to the Palomino stage to see them perform. They played all their classic hits while fans stood shoulder to shoulder in a packed out tent. It was a tight squeeze but this didn’t stop fans from still coming in to watch the band. I would never sell Corbin short because I think he is a very talented artist but Lynyrd Skynyrd should have definitely taken the Mane stage with Brantley Gilbert playing right after.
On Saturday night I was able to chat with a fan while Jennifer Nettles was performing. A true Stagecoach native, Scott said he has been coming to the festival for the last 8 years and felt this year was definitely one of the best. Jason Aldean headlined on Saturday night and once again he did not disappoint.
Tyler Farr also performed on Saturday evening on the Mane stage while fans went crazy to his song “Whiskey In My Water.” I wouldn’t be surprised if Farr is back in the near future for another Stagecoach. Other artists included in Saturday’s line-up were Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, and season four winner of The Voice, Danielle Bradbery. In her interview with AXS-TV at Stagecoach she said, “she didn’t realize how big of a crowd it was going to be.” Yes dear, Stagecoach brings in over 45,000 people from all over.
Wrapping up the three day festival on Sunday was Chris Cagle, Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. There were many bummed fans when Chris Cagle’s performance was cut short when he ran overtime during his hit song, “Chicks Dig It.” Well nobody was digging this move Stagecoach officials. In fact, there were many irrate fans who took to Twitter & the official Stagecoach fan page to express their opinions. But there’s nothing like a little Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise” anthem to get your spirits back in tact. In fact fans went crazy for the duo who rocked the stage for their second year in a row. Luke Bryan finished off the night, singing a few of his slower ballads and also performing his famous, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”
Fans could not have asked for a better way to end the festival. When Bryan was finished, fans continuously screamed for more, he concluded the show with a half hour encore. Fans definitely left satisfied from a weekend filled full of great music.
I am definitely excited for next year and the countdown is already on for STAGECOACH 2015. After such a great year, I can only imagine what next year will hold!
Thank you for tuning in to Country Music Minute where we bring you the “best from the fest” and the fans who make it all possible! 🙂