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Friday, April 16, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Coachella

Posted by on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Have you heard the one about the Icelandic volcano eruption that's cancelled a number of British bands' flights to annual California music festival Coachella? The New York Times reports:

The very small number of acts that have made unequivocal cancellation statements includes the Cribs, featuring the former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, which was scheduled to play on Friday. “Unfortunately, despite a Herculean effort we won’t be able to play at Coachella this year,” Mr. Marr wrote on the band’s MySpace page on Thursday. (As of noon on Friday, the Cribs where still listed on Coachella’s Web site.)

Frightened Rabbit, whose members have been tweeting sadly, has been forced to cancel. Bad Lieutenant (featuring Bernard Sumner of New Order), which canceled a pre-Coachella show in San Francisco that had been scheduled for Friday, is stuck in limbo.

Sunday’s maybes include Delphic and Gary Numan, who wrote on his Web site on Thursday, “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.” Mr. Numan’s American booking agents said they are trying to book him on a flight arriving on Sunday afternoon and “make a mad dash to Coachella.”


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