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Country Rules?


Alternative rock may be down, but country music is UP!

So says AHITS Daily Double. They cite Goldenvoice promoter Paul Tollett, whose Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the end of April drew 30,000 fewer people than in 2007, while the following week’s Stagecoach Country Music Festival (also a Goldenvoice production) more than doubled its size in its second year.

But, we think that it’s hard to make this statement simply by comparing the two fests!

The attendance figures can’t tell the whole story, right?

First, we hear from many that this year’s Coachella line-up wasn’t as strong as year’s pasts. It kept many, at least those we know, from making the trek.

Plus, Coachella was in its ninth year this year, and it was only Stagecoach’s second year.

You’ve gotta take the ‘newness’ factor into consideration.

And, lastly, country seems to be attractive to a wider demo range than ‘alternative’ music.

There are people like mommas and grandparents who would do the Stagecoach thing that wouldn’t do Coachella!

Frankly, we think both suck. We hate HUGE festivals.

SXSW is more our steeze!

[Image via WENN.]

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May 20, 2008 19:45pm PDT

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