The line-up for the 12th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival has finally been announced. Though word leaked out a bit early, it is confirmed that five-time CMA entertainer of the year and country music icon Garth Brooks will headline Stagecoach for the first time ever, closing out the festival on Sunday, April 29, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
“I think sometimes in life it’s just all about timing and the stars just aligned for us this year,” said Stagecoach talent buyer Stacy Vee of Goldenvoice, the concert production company that puts on Stagecoach and sister event the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. “Rather than ask ourselves why and how, I think we’re too busy being completely thrilled with the fact that he confirmed the show and we’re just too busy and too excited to ask questions.”
Vee also revealed that rapidly rising country music duo Florida Georgia Line will headline the three-day festival on Friday, April 27 and guitar virtuoso Keith Urban will take over on Saturday, April 28.
“They’re two of the nicest guys in country music so that starts things off right,” Vee said of Florida Georgia Line, which first played the early day slot on the Mane Stage in 2013. “They’ve done the craziest thing. They’ve sort of returned to the basics of country music while at the same time pushing the boundaries in like every direction possible, like collaborating with Backstreet Boys, Nelly and the Chainsmokers. They’ve grown into a stadium act in some parts of the country and they’re just playing by their own rules, carving their own path and having fun and I respect that.”