Brooks, Urban, FGL headline Stagecoach
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
– Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line will headline the 2018 Stagecoach Festival in California, it was announced today.
The festival will be held Sept. 27-29 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal. Florida Georgia Line will headline Thursday, Urban on Friday and Brooks on Sunday.
Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne and Midland are among those slated to play.
Stagecoach will introduce SiriusXM's Spotlight Stage to highlight today's up-and-coming artists. Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Seth Ennis, Runaway June and Jordan Davis are playingin 2018. SiriusXM will also broadcast live from the festival, featuring performances and interviews.
The line-up is:
Aaron Watson, Ashley McBryde,
Banditos, Brett Young, Brothers Osborne,
Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Cody Jinks, Colter Wall, Dwight Yoakam, Florida Georgia Line, Garth Brooks, Gordon Lightfoot, Granger Smith, Jade Bird, Jade Jackson,
Jake Owen, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jillian Jacqueline, Jordan Davis, Joshua Hedley, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Rogers, Lee Brice, Lillie Mae, Lindsay Ell, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Midland, Molly Hatchet, Morgan Wallen, Muscadine Bloodline, Paul Cauthen, Ronnie Milsap, Runaway June, Seth Ennis, Tanya Tucker, Temecula Road, The Georgia Satellites, Tyler Childers, Walker Hayes and Walker McGuire.
Festival passes go on sale Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. Pacific.
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Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too.
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