The HonkyTonk Dance Hall provides live music, performances and workshops for people to learn and enjoy popular country western dances.
The HonkyTonk Dance Hall provides live music, performances and workshops for people to learn and enjoy popular country western dances. (Photo by Grace Wong)

Indio>> Although both festivals are produced by Goldenvoice, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival have a few differences in terms of amenities. From making sure people don’t get heat stroke to creating an educational component, below are five ways Stagecoach has a leg up in the music festival scene.

From tube misters hung in the palm trees, to free-standing tank misters found in-between stages and on the Terrace, these contraptions give festival-goers some relief from the intense desert heat. Even though this weekend is cooler than the Coachella weekends, the misters were a welcome amenity on the festival grounds.

 

From fake teepees to covered wagons, Stagecoach offers areas where people can escape the harsh rays of the sun and hide out with their friends. Although Coachella had tents that were air-conditioned, Stagecoach seamlessly integrates shaded areas with the theme of the festival.

For first-timers who want to join in on the cowboy hat-wearing crowd but didn’t have time or know where to buy one before the festival, hundreds of styles of cowboy hats are available for sale. In addition to hats, which also provide relief from the sun, there are booths that sell clothes, dresses, boots and bikinis that are beyond the typical festival offerings of T-shirts and tank tops.

 

Coachella was filled with people who tried really hard to dance, some resorting to “the sprinkler” and others resorting to the “shopping cart.” But Stagecoach makes sure even the most uncoordinated person can two-step and do-si-do to the country music they’re enjoying. The HonkyTonk Dance Hall provides live music, performances and workshops for people to learn and enjoy popular country western dances.

There’s barbecue available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a barbecue competition.
There's barbecue available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a barbecue competition. ( Photo by Grace Wong)

Although Coachella is definitely the more fancy festival when it comes to food, Stagecoach offers the opportunity for non-VIP people to learn about barbecue cooking secrets, meats and marinades. With samples starting at $3 for a rib or coleslaw, more than 15 barbecuers show off their best pulled porks, tri-tips and brisket side by side. A barbecue competition Saturday allows festival-goers to learn about what makes a barbecue item the best and how to achieve competition-level barbecue themselves.

 

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