Iceland’s Volcanic Ash prohibits Frightened Rabbit from Coachella

Earlier this week a volcano in Iceland erupted out of the glaciers and caused an enormous cloud of smoke to float over Europe. This caused many airports to close and cancelled all flights putting many people in difficult situations. There have been many discussions throughout the week that the ash would prevent many bands from Europe to arrive in California on time to play their scheduled set time at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Now the fate has finally come to be true for Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. They are the second band that have had to cancel their appearance at the festival.

Yesterday, the LA Times reported that the band “The Cribs” also had to cancel their appearance on Saturday, since all flights from Europe have been cancelled. The band posted on their website the following statement to their fans:

“Unfortunately, despite a Herculean effort we won’t be able to play at Coachella this year. We are pretty gutted to be frank, currently languishing in the grimmest ferry port after waiting for good news about free airspace that never came. The boxing machine in the services doesn’t even work so we can’t take out our frustrations Queensbury style…

We were told that there was no way we would make it in time for our set tomorrow but we hung around in the car park for a couple of hours anyway figuring out our best options and trying desperately to get our flights changed to any that would get us there but to no avail. The only option we could think of was to drive to Amsterdam and then get the earliest flight out of there possible the next morning, arrive after no sleep and literally get to the festival at the time we were due onstage. After having done things like that so many times in the past that seemed like an OK option so we set straight off, but we were just looking for glimmers of hope.

We’ve sat around all day in car parks, airports, service stations, ferry ports and our van, talking on the phone constantly to managers/promoters/agents/air traffic control and it became clear that even if the airspace was considered clear tomorrow morning AND the flight wasn’t delayed we wouldn’t be able to make it. Pretty hard to accept.

We were really looking forward to playing this year, the slot sounded perfect, outdoor at dusk, and the last time we played Coachella was really fun.

We’re really sorry it hasn’t worked out and we’d like to thank the promoters for being so understanding and helpful. They even offered to get us a private jet to the festival site if we could just get to the USA but even that is currently impossible.
See you next year…”

Currently all the headliners for the festival are already in the United States, but for the smaller acts, it looks like they’re out of luck.



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One Comment

  • April 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    That really sucks for those bands. I feel bad, what a great opportunity to miss out on

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