Stagecoach 2022: These photos show you what it’s like to be at the country music festival

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The Stagecoach Country Music Festival has returned to the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the first time since 2019 and the coronavirus pandemic upended the live music industry.

This year features the most diverse lineup in the festival’s history, along with headliners Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs. You can also watch the festival on YouTube.

Beyond the music, there are also Guy Fieri’s cooking demos with musicians and barbecue stars, the Compton Cowboys and more fun in the sun. Check out the images from our photo team in the field showing you what it’s like to be at Stagecoach.

Don’t forget to follow all of our Stagecoach coverage throughout the weekend.

  • A country music fan looks for a spot on the...

    A country music fan looks for a spot on the grass to sit at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29, 2022. It’s the first Stagecoach since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country music fans pose for a photographer after arriving at...

    Country music fans pose for a photographer after arriving at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29. It’s the first Stagecoach since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country music fans dance and cheer to Walker Country as...

    Country music fans dance and cheer to Walker Country as they perform on the Siriusxm Spotlight Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29, 2022. It’s the first Stagecoach since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Members of the band Midland season brisket with chef Guy...

    Members of the band Midland season brisket with chef Guy Fieri durring a cooking demonstration at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Musician Nikki Lane helps shoppers in her High Class Hillbilly...

    Musician Nikki Lane helps shoppers in her High Class Hillbilly pop-up store inside the Stage Stop Marketplace during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Friday, April 29, 2022. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Contributing Photographer)

  • Country music fans arrive at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival...

    Country music fans arrive at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29, 2022. It’s the first Stagecoach since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Members of the band Midland season a brisket during a...

    Members of the band Midland season a brisket during a cooking demonstration by chef Guy Fieri at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A cook spreads sauce upon baby back ribs at Guy’s...

    A cook spreads sauce upon baby back ribs at Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, Guy Fieri’s tent at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Karyn Shales, from Menifee, reaches for free barbecue samples in...

    Karyn Shales, from Menifee, reaches for free barbecue samples in Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, Guy Fieri’s tent at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, in Indio Friday, April 29. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Spencer Crandall performs on the Siriusxm Spotlight Stage at the...

    Spencer Crandall performs on the Siriusxm Spotlight Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Patta Lee, from Fresno, plans her day at the Stagecoach...

    Patta Lee, from Fresno, plans her day at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29, as she listens to Benedicte Brenden, from Norway, on the Nikki Lane Horseshoe Stage. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Annika Hylton (right), 5 from Oceanside, sprays her twin sister...

    Annika Hylton (right), 5 from Oceanside, sprays her twin sister Livia as they cool off in the shaded Nikki Lane Stagestop Marketplace at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Country music fans dance to Benedicte Brenden, from Norway, at...

    Country music fans dance to Benedicte Brenden, from Norway, at the Nikki Lane Horseshoe Stage at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio Friday, April 29. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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