How do I explain Stagecoach? It's basically Vegas meets camping meets country concert with 55,000 people spending three long days and nights rocking their boots off. The LA times put it well, saying, "Stagecoach has become enough of a cultural force that participants and fans are beginning to use it as a yardstick on their lives, like penciled growth marks scribbled on a family's kitchen wall." The time I spend here with my family and friends is priceless and I look forward to it all year long.
|Mmm...Coors Lights all day long|
|Spent half the concert here|
|And the other half here. Kind of different experiences.|
I do want to say that while the crowd feels unbelievably friendly and welcoming, there are a lot of bad apples. The arrest record was again higher than at Coachella, largely due to the fact that alcohol is allowed everywhere on site during Stagecoach (not at Coachella), and there was another attack this year on a girl at the festival. I don't want to scare anybody, but just remember to keep a buddy with you at all times, especially while out on the camp grounds.
All in all, it was another unforgettable weekend of non-stop laughing and dancing. It sold out months in advance this year so I encourage anybody interested in going to buy the tickets when they go on sale in October for 2013. You know I'll be there with boots and band-aids on. And I have a feeling Carrie Underwood may be back again too since she'll be on tour :)