Stagecoach to return to two-day schedule
By Bruce Fessier • August 28, 2008
The Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio will return to being a two-day festival in 2009 after breaking attendance records over three days in May.
Stagecoach founder Paul Tollett of the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice promoters said the reduction in size of what was becoming one of the most significant country music festivals in the nation had nothing to do with the declining economy.
“It’s a two-day festival,” Tollett said. “Last year The Eagles popped up, so that was just an anomaly. California’s coolest band pops up and you grab it.”
Dates for the third annual festival haven’t been announced, but it’s traditionally held around the first weekend in May, one week after the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Stagecoach added to its unique diversity last year when Goldenvoice built a whole roots-rock day around The Eagles with John Fogerty, Glen Campbell, Shelby Lynne and Mike Ness.
Tollett said there will be more country rock in 2009.
“It’s going to be kind of similar, just over the two days,” he said.
He’s now “knee deep” in booking bands for both Stagecoach and Coachella, he said after staging the All Points West festival in New Jersey this month with Radiohead as a headliner.
Goldenvoice has been asking for feedback from newsletter subscribers on last year’s Stagecoach. Tollett is seeking a major headliner for Coachella, but not because he’s planning a big 10th anniversary event.
“I’m not an anniversary/birthday kind of guy,” he said. “I just want a great show. But, I’m very pro-Coachella, so I want to come up with a nice lineup.”