A first glimpse of BBQ, shopping, hidden bars

Stagecoach has arrived at Indio Station and The Desert Sun is among the first on the scene, exploring what’s new and cool on the Empire Polo Club grounds. While the general layout will be familiar to long-time festival-goers, we found plenty of cool things to do between sets, both in the shade and outdoors.

Nikki Lane Stage Stops Market

Stagecoach’s one-stop-shop for all your western clothing needs has found a new shady home under what’s called the Sahara Tent at Coachella.

What the area lacks in atmosphere is made up for by the immense amount of shade the massive tent provides, not to mention the abundance of fun vintage shops. The vibe is an interesting mix of kitschy, often patriotic, t-shirt stalls and quality boutiques selling everything from turquoise jewelry to quirky art, and we were particularly enthused by the old-fashioned photo booths – a fun addition to an area that has been less experiential in the past.

The market is also home to the Horseshoe Stage, where festival-goers can grab a beer and sit on picnic tables or hay bales and listen to up-and-coming performers.

New this year is the Compton Cowboys area, where this iconic Southern California riding group will show off their horses and educate attendees about the legacy of African Americans in equine and western heritage.

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Miami Vice meets country cool at Sonny’s a bar, housed in a vintage cinderblock equestrian building in the Stagecoach lobby. Pink and teal are the vibe, with lots of greenery, flamingos, and mixer drinks on tap as 80s hits play, providing a welcome respite from the scorching desert sun. This little gem of a bar was organized by Attaboy (NYC and Nashville) was set up for Coachella, but was hidden in plain sight.

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(Country) Rose garden

The Empire Polo Club’s iconic Rose Garden is usually reserved for VIP guests during music festivals in April. Not this year for Stagecoach. Conveniently located next to the Palomino Stage, this beautiful garden is in bloom and home to some of the polo club’s iconic lion statues and massive water fountains. Several nearby beer and cocktail stands mean this will be a prime spot to catch acts on this stage, slightly away from the crowds.

Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse

Almost as anticipated as the music, the food at Stagecoach is a meat lover’s dream and this year won’t disappoint, with Flavortown Mayor Guy Fieri holding court in the main tent. Mayor Fieri was spied on the premises as soon as the doors opened, preparing for one of his many food demonstrations planned throughout the weekend. Some of the stands are Fieri branded, along with many other options. One this is true for all food offerings…the smell is amazing.

A program of live demonstrations:


  • Chris Conger & Operation BBQ 2pm-2:20pm
  • Midland with Guy Fieri 3-3:15 p.m.


  • Kevin Bludso and Chris Schobel 3-3:20 p.m.
  • LOCASH with Guy Fieri 5-5:15 p.m.


  • Adam Perry Lang and Pat Martin 3-3:20 p.m.
  • Luke Combs with Guy Fieri 5:40-6pm

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‘MISMO’ is back… in two parts

Artist Sofia Enriquez – who has a strong relationship with the Coachella Valley – has created ‘MISMO’, a series of three-dimensional paisley murals made from painted wood for the Valley’s music and arts festival of Coachella 2019. In a clever reuse of the installation, Goldenvoice has spread the paisleys all over the grounds of 2022 Stagecoach. Paisleys have been used often in her public art, Enriquez said in 2019. But “MISMO” marked the first time she used them on such a large scale.

“We are all in this life and our lives may be different,” she wrote, “and paisleys are a metaphor for equality.”

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Brand liquor areas

We were pleasantly surprised by the tents from the liquor brands, especially the Malibu, Angry Orchard and JuneShine tents — if you can call them that. In reality, the Angry Orchard Treehouse is a pretty legit treehouse, and The Malibu Spot is designed to look like a house cut in half with a pineapple bar, a “cloud room” photo shoot, and a “coco disco room.” ” for an extra party atmosphere. Next door, the JuneShine Oasis had the perfect boho-chic aesthetic, with pretty floral wallpaper, crocheted fringe umbrellas, and pampas grass setting the vibe of a beacy place to drink your kombucha. hard.

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