Luke Combs and Carrie Underwood take part in the Stagecoach ’22 live stream on YouTube
Country music fans have come to accept that the Stagecoach festival in the California desert each end of April will not be broadcast live in the same way that Coachella is from the same location in previous weeks. But that’s changing with the 2022 edition. The festival announced that it has taken to YouTube for three nights of live programming this weekend, including webcasts of Thomas Rhett’s Friday night headliners Carrie Underwood on Saturday and Luke Combs on Sunday.
Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Cody Johnson, Margo Price, Yola, Midland, the Black Crowes and Lainey Wilson are other key attractions set to stream their shows via YouTube.
It’s the first time since Stagecoach started in 2007 that there’s been a livestream involving all the headliners and most major artists. For several years in the 2010s, Yahoo had an agreement to carry performances by a limited number of artists. In 2019, the last year the festival took place, there were no live streams.
The online action will run late into the night on all three nights, as three late-night sets scheduled to begin around 11 PT after the headliners finish will be part of the livestream. Breland is the after-hours performer on Friday nights, followed by Orville Peck on Saturdays and Diplo late on Sundays.
The YouTube live streams will have three hosts, all drawn from the ranks of country music newcomers – Breland on Friday, Reyna Roberts on Saturday and Hailey Whitters on Sunday.
YouTube Premium members are promised a set of exclusive “pre-parties” with Underwood, Brothers Osborne, Johnson and Midland.
The festival’s YouTube viewing schedule has yet to be announced, although a good idea of when artists might appear online can be obtained from a list of official live filming times, which is rising here. Streaming will begin at 5:00 p.m. PT every three days on Stagecoach’s channel, which can be found here.
Stagecoach has far fewer stages than Coachella, so it makes sense that the YouTube live streams take place on one channel, compared to the three that aired from Coachella the past two weekends. Having a single channel, however, means that not all of the names on the bill next weekend will be shown live. There’s always an upside to showing up in the flesh, as some of the live acts not mentioned in the initial streaming announcement include Smokey Robinson, Jordan Davis, Lee Brice, Tanya Tucker, Ingrid Andress, the Marcus King Band, Ryan Hurd, Rhiannon Giddens and Mitchell Tenpenny.