Post Malone, Nickelback and Wiz Khalifa? Why it


At first glance, it looks like any other Stagecoach Country Music Festival lineup, topped by previous fest headliners and genre staples Eric Church, and Miranda Lambert, with the addition of first-time Stagecoach headliner, but current top-selling country superstar, Morgan Wallen.

But upon closer inspection, the official poster for the 16th annual event, which takes over the Empire Polo Club in Indio on April 26-28 following two weekends of its sister Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, there are some larger-print names that aren’t traditionally associated with country music.

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Rapper and singer Post Malone is sandwiched in between Lambert and 90-year-old country legend Willie Nelson on the poster for Saturday. Canadian rock band Nickelback is headlining the Late Night in Palomino after-party on Friday and rapper Wiz Khalifa will close out the entire event on the Palomino Stage with a Sunday after-party.

While those are the names that immediately stand out and had some country traditionalists scratching their heads on social media or flat out declaring “not my country music!” when the lineup was announced earlier this week, they actually do make sense. Tickets to the festival go on sale starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at stagecoachfestival.com.

Before diving into that, there are several others that may seem like wildcards including Hawthorne’s own surf-pop group The Beach Boys, regional Mexican music star Carín León, soul singer Leon Bridges, rapper turned country music phenomenon Jelly Roll and EDM artist and producer Diplo.

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Diplo, whose real name is Thomas Wesley, has released a pair of country albums and has collaborated with acts like Elle King, who returns to Stagecoach on Friday, Thomas Rhett, Cam, Orville Peck and Zac Brown Band. He’s been a part of Stagecoach for several years now and works directly with festival talent buyer Stacy Vee at Goldenvoice to curate and perform during the popular Late Night in Palomino after-party concerts.

He’s now in charge of the lineup over in the Honky Tonk, too, which earlier this year brought big-name EDM acts like Girl Talk and Dillion Francis. As odd as those seemed at the time, it worked. The Honky Tonk was absolutely packed and at times overflowing with fans throughout the three-day event.

While there are some gathering their pitchforks because Nelson isn’t a headliner in 2024, look, he’s 90. He probably doesn’t even want to headline. And there are still a lot of true country legends to be enjoyed here.

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