Friday 24 March 2017

Ash forces bands to miss festival

Echo and the Bunnymen managed to perform at the Coachella Valley Festival
Echo and the Bunnymen managed to perform at the Coachella Valley Festival

The giant ash cloud has forced some UK musicians to pull out of a famous festival in the US.

Wakefield indie rock 4-piece the Cribs had to cancel their appearance at the Coachella festival in California.

Electro-pop idol Gary Numan was also due to perform, but posted a message on his website saying his flight had been cancelled.

Numan said he been told that British Airways had cancelled his flight to the US.

He wrote: "We have called every transatlantic airline that operates from the UK and not only are they not flying, they are not currently accepting any new bookings, not until Tuesday for many of them.

"So, even if they do allow planes to fly later on Sunday or Monday, and that's a very big if at the moment, we can't book seats on any of them.

"Even I have to admit that it's not looking good. As soon as we know more I'll update you all. I can't tell you how disappointed we all are."

The Cribs, who were due to fly from Heathrow Airport on Thursday, got on their plane before the flight was cancelled.

A Coachella spokesman said: "Sadly, The Cribs can't make it to Coachella due to the Iceland volcano situation."

Other UK acts including Echo and the Bunnymen, Gorillaz and Florence and the Machine have made it to Coachella.

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