Organizers of Stagecoach, the nation music competition and sister occasion to Coachella, have banned the Accomplice flag from the 2022 competition grounds, in line with The Desert Solar. A guidelines web page for the occasion says that attendees could not have “divisive symbols, together with, with out limitation, Accomplice flags and racially disparaging or different inappropriate imagery/public shows.”
Stagecoach is a Goldenvoice-promoted competition. The 2022 Stagecoach Competition begins in the present day (April 29) at Indio, California’s Empire Polo Membership—the identical venue as Coachella. Headlining the competition are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs. Final yr, Combs apologized for showing in a music video that used Accomplice flag imagery. “There isn’t a excuse for these photos,” he mentioned. “It’s not OK.”
Maren Morris, who can be performing in the present day at Stagecoach, has criticized nation music occasions that enable the Accomplice flag on the premises. “At these nation music festivals, I see the Accomplice flags within the parking heaps,” she mentioned final yr with out naming any particular occasions. “I don’t wish to play these festivals anymore. In the event you have been a Black individual, would you ever really feel protected going to a present with these flying within the parking zone? No. I really feel like essentially the most highly effective factor we will do as artists in our place proper now’s to make these calls for of enormous organizations, festivals, promoters, whatnot. One of many issues we will do is say, ‘No, I’m not doing this. Do away with them….’ There’s no place for it anymore.”
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Stagecoach and Goldenvoice for remark and extra info.