Coachella To Play On Despite Volcano Chaos
The founder of the Coachella music festival has assured fans all the headline acts will make it to California in time to play - after a volcanic eruption in Europe grounded flights from the U.K. and forced several stars to drop out.
All flights out of Britain were cancelled on Thursday (15Apr10) following the eruption of Mount Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland, which sent clouds of ash into the sky across northern Europe.
British rockers The Cribs have cancelled their performance at Coachella on Friday (16Apr10) after they were stranded in Britain with no way of flying out to California, while Gary Numan also fears he won't make to the festival ahead of his Sunday slot (18Apr10).
In a post on his official website, he writes, "The last thing I expected this morning when I woke up was to hear that volcanic ash might be preventing us from flying to America. At the moment the very best British Airways are offering us, and this without any guarantee, is to put us on a Sunday flight that gets in to Los Angeles in the afternoon on Sunday. We are still waiting to find out if British Airways can offer any better alternative. Very upsetting though to see such a huge opportunity slipping through your fingers. I am glued to the TV news at the moment."
Welsh group Los Campesinos! and Scottish act Frightened Rabbit were also due to play at Coachella - and they have now been left scrambling to make alternative travel plans.
But festival organiser Paul Tollett is adamant all of the British headline acts, including Muse and Gorillaz, have not been affected by the travel chaos.
He says, "All the headliners are in the country and we're in contact with the acts that are having travel issues based on the ash. We have 135 bands on the bill (and) our headliners are fine. But there’s maybe a dozen bands in question.”
Other British acts due to play at this weekend's event (17-18Apr10) include Florence and the MAChine, Public Image Limited (PiL), The Specials and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.