The Cribs, Bad Lieutenant and Frightened Rabbit have all had to cancel their appearances at Coachella this weekend as volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland continues to cause travel chaos throughout Europe.
As of today, Saturday 17 April, virtually all of Europe’s major airports remain closed as a huge plume of volcanic ash moves south and east across the continent from Iceland.
Gary Numan is highly unlikely to make it to Coachella for his appearance on Sunday but remains determined to make it if possible and just issued this update, “It is now about mid-day on Saturday and UK airspace has been officially closed until 1am Sunday morning. According to British Airways we took the last six seats available on their 297 flight due to leave tomorrow morning at 09:55 and the last four on their mid-day flight. I am leaving for a Heathrow hotel within the next hour to make sure that I am right on the doorstep if any good news comes in. The band and some crew will go out on the first flight, should that be allowed to leave, and the remaining crew on the second. What happens to our other two US shows is obviously also in doubt but I can promise you that if there is any way we can get there, we will take it.”
Bad Lieutenant had dates scheduled for Chicago and New York on 19 and 21 April but these have now been cancelled,. “We’re stuck in Manchester,” said Bad Lieutenant’s Bernard Sumner. “We were hoping that conditions might change at the last minute and we’d be able to come and play for our fans. Obviously, this is a situation out of everyone’s control, and we are crushed that we won’t be coming to America for these dates.”
You can see the havoc being caused by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano yourself by viewing the webcam feed here, courtesy of Mila.is.