In April, the Coachella of country music, Stagecoach Music Festival will park its wagon down at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for three days filled with all your favorite country artists. Past performers have included Luke Bryan, Lil Nas X, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood and in mid-October, the latest list of performers will be released.
Like most music festivals, Stagecoach can be a little rough on newbies – especially since it involves three days under the hot Southern Californian sun. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your first Stagecoach experience as incredible as possible.
Old Town Road
There are multiple ways to get to Stagecoach and most sources claim their way is the best. If you want to be close to all of the action, you can bring down an RV and park on the campgrounds for the price of a hotel room. If you prefer a more indoor solution, try and find a hotel that offers free shuttle service to the festival. If you don’t plan on partaking in all of the day drinking, then bringing your car is a solid option. While you’ll have quite a ways to walk, there is free parking offered near the site, and you will be able to return to the comfort of your vehicle after a long day on your feet. Finally, there are quite a few rideshare options in the area, though it might be a bit of a hike to the nearest pickup location.
Ring of Fire
It’s no secret that California is hot and that April in SoCal is practically summer. So while you might be flying in from a place where there’s still snow on the ground, make sure you pack some lighter options for when you land. Speaking of heat, the festival will consist of three days underneath the hot sun which means hydration is key. Harvard Medical School states that a healthy adult should be consuming between one to two liters of water on a daily basis. Since you’ll be out in the scorching California sun all day, it’s probably smart to maximize that intake.
These Boots (Aren’t) Made for Walking
While Coachella, might be known for fashion, Stagecoach regulars tend to prefer comfy over chic. While you will definitely see some fun outfits, you probably should leave the cowboy boots at home for this event. After more than ten hours of trekking from stage to stage, you’ll be sliding off those boots and preferring your bare feet to the constricting leather. Show your style with a cowboy hat and opt for some more comfortable footwear. Additionally, load up on bandanas before you leave. While they will look cute in your hair or around your neck, they will also be key in keeping the mountain dust from getting in your mouth.
Always On My Mind
Make sure you have all the necessities before leaving for Stagecoach so you won’t be kicking yourself when you arrive without sunscreen or your favorite disguised flask. Here’s a very basic packing list to ensure you have the most important items to get down and dirty with your favorite country stars.
- Sunscreen (please DO NOT forget this)
- Portable phone charger
- Lightweight backpack
- Personal GPS tracker
Friends in Low Places
There is so much to do at Stagecoach outside of just the music. The Desert Sun reports that the real party can be found at the nearby campgrounds where guests pull out all the stops with inflatable pools, custom bars, and insane decor. Once you download the recommended Stagecoach app, you can plan your day between the artists on stage and the parties offstage.
Take Me Home, Country Road
While Stagecoach might end on Sunday night, it is highly recommended that you take off that Monday as well; especially since the party will be going on long after midnight. Spend a relaxing day in your hotel’s pool; or take a mini adventure and getaway to Los Angeles. Whatever you choose to do with your last day in SoCal, make sure you’ll be returning home from your vacation with a relaxed mind and full heart.
Go Rest High on That Mountain
Finally, the most important tip for a Stagecoach Music Festival newbie – have fun. It might feel overwhelming at first, especially with the sheer volume of acts crammed into just three days. You absolutely will not be able to see everything. Pick your favorites and decide which artists you might have to sacrifice. You can always catch them next time! Use your time for whatever you want to see or do – whether that’s rushing the stage for Garth Brook’s next set, or walking around for two hours trying food from all of the vendors. At the end of the day, Stagecoach is whatever you make it. Go with the flow, keep on your feet, and most importantly, have fun! Yee-haw!