A woman takes a photo as Commander Cody performs on the Palomino Stage on Friday, April 26, 2013, during the first day of the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Calif. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun)
Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival began its three-day run at the Empire Polo Club with caution Friday as its organizers tried to put the reins on some of its historic partying.
The Goldenvoice producers reduced the number of camping spaces at the event by 20 percent to 30 percent and tried to make sure all of the rowdy friends would settle down.
It not only limited RV camping to owners of their own RVs and no more than five guests per space, but it required the RV owners to write an essay explaining why they wanted to come to Stagecoach. As a result of their critical grading system, attendance was down considerably.
While close to the maximum 55,000 people per day attended last year’s festival, Friday’s attendance was probably less than 45,000 people.
The best and worst thing about Stagecoach is its chill status.
You can set up blankets and keep the beers flowing.
But those chairs and blankets also made for territory wars.
This year, Goldenvoice banned blankets and chairs near the front of the GA area.
Is this new? My quick poll of Stagecoach loyalists says yes.
(New or not, they take this “standing only” thing seriously! Security shooed me away from standing there just long enough to take this photo!)
I’ve been at Coachella weekend 2 for less than an hour and already last week’s chilly fest seems like legend.
By the way, how is #Coldchella not a thing?
If you’re headed out today: hats, sunblock, lightweight clothing and WATER. You can’t overdo it on water. Desert novices note – if you pour water on yourself, it’ll evaporate in 5 min or fewer.
Maybe the sunshine lured folks out early. It seems to me there are twice as many people flooding in as this time last week.