Following the second weekend of Coachella, cowboys invade the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, April 26 to April 28, for Stagecoach 2019. This year, the three-day country music festival features headlining performances by Luke Bryan Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean, as well as hot artists like Cam, Kane Brown, Cole Swindell and Lauren Alaina. EDM artist and producer Diplo will also play an after party at the Palomino Stage Sunday late night.
But the live music is just a part of the festival. Cowboys and cowgirls can expect tons of food, full bars throughout the festival grounds, on-site activations and off-site VIP events. So grab your boots and check out our Stagecoach survival guide below!
Where to Drink
Malibu Rum Beach House
The sun is shining at the Malibu Rum Beach House! Slip into a summer state of mind with frozen cocktails, beachside games and summer swag! Get festival ready at the Malibu-sponsored sparkle station and strike a pose at one of the envy-inducing Instagram moments to document your summer experience.
Beat the sun and grab a cold one! Located in the terrace, you’ll enjoy shade, wifi, phone charging, delicious food options and cold beer, all while watching the live feed broadcast on a huge LED screen.
Come cool off, grab a cold beer and sing your heart out at the Stagecoach Karaoke bar. Located in Beer West by the white peaked tents.
NYC’s celebrated speakeasy, PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is making its way to Stagecoach this year, curating high-end cocktails in the hidden Tiki bar. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt and come cool off and enjoy for a bit between acts
Find this whiskey cocktail specialty bar nestled inside a fixed shaded structure. Music, billiards, cocktails, oh my. Tucked away just around the corner from the Salt & Straw Ice Cream shop.
Barefoot Roots of Love
Visit the Barefoot Treehouse where you will be able to spread the love and enjoy delicious Barefoot wine. As love and positivity fills the tree, surprises will emerge. Guests must be 21+ to enter.
Come enjoy craft cocktails while you hang on the front porch or drink fine whiskey by the fireplace. Located in The Terrace near the Beer Barn.
Where to Eat
Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse
Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse is bringing the nation’s finest BBQ pit bosses to serve up mouth-watering BBQ from all over the nation. Enjoy some of the country’s most celebrated restaurants and BBQ vendors with different styles from Cali to Tennessee to Georgia. Learn about this year’s pitmasters below and get an idea of what tasty delights they’ll be sampling.
Think dazzling sauces and savory rubs! Guy and friends will be showcasing their pits and rigs and offering live demos throughout the weekend. During happy hour, Guy and friends will offer some samples on a first come, first serve basis so make sure to giddy up and get on over during the festival. Located within the festival grounds, this BBQ experience will also include a full bar, delicious eats and a shaded seating area. New for 2019, Guy will be hanging with Bret Michaels, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Old Dominion in his Smokehouse backyard over the weekend.
Power Crunch Retreat
Let Power Crunch treat you to complimentary delicious protein snacks, fun photo opps, premium giveaways and lounge seating to kick back and reboot.
Salt & Straw
Grab a friend and take a seat at the counter of the air-conditioned Ice Cream Shop featuring Salt & Straw. Watch the action of the festival while diving your tongue into an epic scoop ice cream. Chocolate Magic Shell & Rainbow Sprinkles a must! Find them near the boardwalk for dessert in the desert.
Stagecoach is transporting Shake Shack’s iconic Madison Square Park location to the polo field. Make sure you visit this critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand with a cult-like following around the world. Look for them on the east side of the Food Court.h
Where to Relax
Pandora Sound On Lounge
Located in the main public area of the festival, the Sound On Lounge will feature Jerzy spinning throughout the day, multi-photo moments in the space, a dance video experience, body marble painting station, free swag and, most important at a festival, a place to sit down and take a break.
Monster Energy Lounge
Cruise by the Monster Energy lounge and refresh with a free Monster Energy drink. Sit back & relax in our shaded hospitality area, hang out with the Monster Energy girls and score some Monster Energy swag.
Step into the Bai Lounge for a refreshing break while indulging your five senses in the five-calorie flavors. The Bai Lounge features a place to relax with free samples and exclusive cocktails. Don’t forget your phones to capture moments as you transport yourself and your friends into the colorful world of bold flavor in the “Infinite Elsewhere and Upside Down.”
Estée Lauder Beauty Arcade
Come join Estée Lauder at this year’s festival for a one-of-a-kind beauty experience! Get makeup touch-ups, play authentic arcade games and win glamorous giveaways.
Take in the breathtaking birds-eye views from the top of the Ferris Wheel. This iconic site is busiest at sunset. Take your sweetie for a whirl! Additional cost per ride.
Nikki Lane’s Stage Stop Marketplace
The Stage Stop Marketplace is back for its second year as your one-stop Stagecoach shopping experience. Hosted by High-Class Hillbilly, owner and singer Nikki Lane highlights carefully curated artisans and makers where you’ll find everything you need to get through your weekend in the desert. Discover new and vintage fashion and unique one-of-a-kind western wear. Cool down with a cocktail and a taste of Nashville while watching singers and songwriters on the Stage Stop Horseshoe stage. You’ll find new music and special guests all weekend long.
Pantene Styling Lounge
Be on the top of your content game AND get your hair styled with glittery gold accessories. Already glammed out? Enjoy free wi-fi, air conditioning and artsy photo moments.
Game On at the Ironclad Corral
Take a break from stomping your feet to the beat ‘cause it’s HANDS ON, GAME ON with a friendly, or not-so-friendly, game of GIANT Jenga. Think you’ve got what it takes to win, prove it! Winner takes a prize. After the game get a little handsy with your selfie…take a photo sitting in the 9 ft posable, giant #IronHand and share on social for your chance to win even more prizes. They are straight out of Texas, where everything is bigger, so things just got A LOT BIGGER in California.
Here’s your chance to energize the crowd and your phone on the best seat in the house. Create kinetic energy on these SeeSaws and show the world you’re all about keeping off the grid. You will need a partner in crime as it takes two individuals to power up your phone. What better way to shed a few calories, tighten up those glutes and take charge.
Where To Party
Budweiser Country Club
The Budweiser Country Club is returning to Stagecoach for a better-than-ever, must-see activation on the festival grounds that will deliver the ultimate country music fan experience.
Budweiser will have a huge footprint on the festival grounds right by the Honky Tonk and include appearances by country music stars such as Scotty McCreery and Mitchell Tenpenny and the beloved Clydesdales, food demo by Food Network’s The Grill Dads, celebrity corn hole tournaments, custom leather koozie station, new art exhibitions, epic photo opps, backyard games and much more. Exciting new elements for 2019 include a guitar pick mosaic wall, oversized playable guitars, one-of-a-kind living Polaroid wall, vintage neon and solar charging station. We’ll be serving up ice cold Budweiser as well as the brand new brew we launched this week, Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.
Honkytonk Dance Hall
Country music’s biggest party kicks off before the show even starts at 10 a.m. Step inside the air-conditioned dance hall, where dancers of all levels can master the moves for line dancing, two-step, round dancing and good ol’ fashioned country hoedown. Singles are welcome to meet and mingle. You can join in or just watch the fun.
Following post-Coachella shenanigans, L.A.’s original nightlife maven Brent Bolthouse is giving festival-goers another chance to attend NEON Carnival as they celebrate their 10-year anniversary with the inaugural debut during Weekend 3, at the desert’s hottest Country music fest on Saturday night. Since relocating to its permanent home at the HITS Desert Park, the expansive equestrian center welcomes back festival goers with a newly redesigned all grass layout spanning three football fields, featuring new carnival style games and exhilarating amusement park thrills, with continued involvement from the biggest names in entertainment and consumer lifestyle, including Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures with the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu,” with plans including rides on an electrifying POKÉMON Detective Pikachu themed Ferris Wheel and a chance to catch a photo op with the unique Pokémon. New this year, the Carnival will feature the LG Mobile Experience highlighting its newest smartphones: the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ. Carnival goers can engage with the unique features of these two phones with an ASMR Sound Studio, PentaShot Photo Platform and a Dual Display Gaming Zone. Los Angeles beer staple, Golden Road Brewery will be providing a unique bar activation bringing in their customized freight container serving up their most popular brews. No strangers to the nightlife scene, Hollywood heavy hitter DJs Kayper, DJ Ruckus and a special guest performance by country music DJ Dee Jay Silver will keep partygoers dancing with performances that last into the early morning hours. Note that Neon Carnival is offsite from the main Stagecoach festival grounds and requires a separate invite and RSVP.
How To Get There
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD CREW
There is nothing more country than a pick-up so what better way to make your way to the desert than hitting the highway in a sweet Chevrolet truck. Chevy actually has long-standing music roots. In fact, the very first AM radio to be included in a vehicle was in a Chevrolet back in 1933. It was also the first brand to have FM Radio, an 8-track player, cassette player, CD Player, XM Radio, The name Chevy actually appears in over 1,000 songs including “Fell For Boys In Chevy Trucks” by Trisha Yearwood and Taylor Swift, “I Go Back” by Kenny Chesney, “Chevrolet” by ZZ Top , “Here’s to You,” by Rascal Flatts, “Little Red Corvette” by Prince, “Thunder Road,” by Bruce Springsteen, “Bed Of My Chevy” by Justin Moore, “Mud On the Tires,” by Brad Paisley and, of course, “Ridin’ In My Chevy,” by Snoop Dogg.
Where to Stay
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
There is no hotel in the area that embodies desert paradise like The Ace Hotel & Swim Club. The mid-century modern property has a ton of character Our Palm Springs boutique hotel is a desert paradise. The onsite restaurant King’s Highway is a fun diner-style joint that serves up. The Amigo Bar pours inventive cocktails and craft beer in a cool, cavernous space. When the weekend is over, take advantage of the Feel Good Spa and indulge in an organic massage or facial and cool off in the spacious pool.
701 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, www.acehotel.com/palmsprings,@acehotelpalmsprings
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