Stagecoach Sets Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean as 2019 Headliners

Stagecoach, the California music festival known as Coachella’s country cousin, is still seven months off, but Goldenvoice likes to get the word out a lot sooner than they do for the indie-rock gathering that immediately precedes it. The promoter puts passes for the April 2019 gathering on sale Friday and is giving attendees plenty of time to whet their appetites, announcing a lineup led by three of the most reliable chart toppers in country, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

Among those billed in the secondary tiers are two commercially significant artists who still have just one freshman album to their credit so far: Kane Brown and Luke Combs. Brown releases his second album Nov. 9 and it’s expected to be one of the biggest country releases, if not the biggest, of the fourth quarter. Brown’s a rarity among Stagecoach artists, as someone who is being invited back for a second consecutive year, after making a big impression last April in a lower-down slot on the main stage.

Country as a genre can’t claim very many women as actual marquee names in the late 2010s, but Stagecoach has made a point of striving for gender representation, so there are far more female names on the lineup than at any comparable festival, even if none of them is among the three nightly headliners. Lauren Alaina and Cam are the two main-stagers of significance. Further down the bill are Danielle Bradbury, who’s having a current chart resurgence, along with critical favorites like Ashley Monroe and Aubrie Sellers.

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