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Stagecoach Country Music Festival goes online with SiriusXM’s Stagecouch broadcast

Even though Stagecoach has been postponed because of the coronavirus, SiriusXM will broadcast new “at home” performances from headliners Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and more.

In the timeline before the novel coronavirus pandemic took hold, this weekend would have brought the 14th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival to the Empire Polo Club in Indio with performances from headliners Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett and Eric Church.

But after Stagecoach and the twin weekends of sister event the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival were postponed until October in the interest of public health, Stagecoach organizers have teamed up with SiriusXM for new “at home” performances from the artists who were on the bill April 24-26 for “Stagecouch.”

Sirius XM’s The Highway (channel 56), will host performances from Rhett (on Friday), Underwood (on Saturday) and Church (on Sunday), as well as other artists playing the event.

SiriusXM has broadcast from the festival the past three years and has also been a partner in the SiriusXM Spotlight stage, which highlights up-and-coming performers early in the day before the stars play the festival’s adjacent Mane Stage.

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This weekend’s performances will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. pacific on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with an encore later that day.

In addition to the festival’s headliners, artists who are participating in the broadcast include Ashley McBryde, Brandon Ratcliff, Chris Lane, Dustin Lynch, Gabby Barrett, Hailey Whitters, Hardy, Ingrid Andress, Jimmie Allen, Jon Pardi, Locash, Midland, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen, Niko Moon, Old Dominion, RaeLynn, Riley Green and Tenille Townes.

The broadcast will be available to SiriusXM subscribers via their radios. Non-subscribers will also be able to listen for free via the SiriusXM app and connected devices as part of the service’s free access period. For information, visit siriusxm.com/streamfree.

“Celebrating Stagecoach weekend with SiriusXM, all of our artists, partners, fans and community is something we all hold so dear to our hearts,” Stagecoach Talent Buyer Stacy Vee said in a press release about the broadcast.  “We couldn’t let this weekend in April go by quietly, so we decided to throw a house party. I hope everyone enjoys what we have put together!”

While many Southern California music festivals have been postponed, a number have celebrated events online in some fashion.

Two weeks ago, Coachella marked its first originally scheduled weekend with the release of the new “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” documentary on YouTube; Insomniac, which has multiple Southern California events, has produced virtual versions of its EDM-centric festivals in its weekly “Rave-A-Thons”; and the Redondo Beach-based BeachLife Festival will host an acoustic minifest May 1, when it was originally scheduled to begin.

In addition to the SiriusXM broadcast, the “Stagecouch” press release also promises interactive experiences for fans via the festival’s Instagram page at: @Stagecoach.

Stagecoach has been rescheduled for Oct. 23-25. Visit stagecoachfestival.com for more information.