Every April, the Empire Polo Club in Indio transforms into a music spot hotter than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
For two weekends, celebrities and millennials flock to the field for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to see the likes of Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar and the latest up-and-coming artists.
After that wraps up, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which kicked off its 11th year Friday, April 28, brings the biggest and best of country music to the Coachella Valley.
While both festivals bring in tens of thousands of people, the aesthetics of the two events are quite a bit different. This is how Stagecoach compares to Coachella.
1. The music
Stagecoach, which dubs itself California’s Country Music Festival, doesn’t stray from the genre on its largest stage. Heavy hitters of country Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney top the bill this year and the Mane Stage, as it’s known at Stagecoach, hosts plenty of other budding and established Nashville stars.
At Coachella, the main stage featured pop icon Lady Gaga, rapper Lamar and legacy rock act Radiohead, as well as electronic dance music producers, alternative pop songstress Lorde and the moody Bon Iver.
Stagecoach’s eclectic side stages will feature everyone from country legend Willie Nelson to British invasion psych rockers the Zombies to a bluegrass version of The Who’s “Tommy” courtesy of the HillBenders.
Coachella’s side stages offer variety from an EDM-heavy lineup in the Sahara Tent, Latino-influenced and punk acts in the new Sonora Tent and deep house in the Yuma Tent.
However, one thing both events have in common is how the festivals have nurtured talent from up-and-comers to headliner status. In 2017, both Bentley and Kendrick Lamar topped the bills of the festivals where they had played as early afternoon main stage acts years ago.
2. The size
Coachella expanded big-time for 2017, adding more attendees, more acreage…