Bat For Lashes blames Benicassim disappointment on transport ‘nightmare’

Bat For Lashes explains why she had to pull out of Benicassim earlier this week

Bat For Lashes has explained why she had to miss her performance at Benicassim earlier this week.

The singer – real name Natasha Khan – had been scheduled to appear at the prestigious Spanish festival on Thursday (July 12). However, she was forced to pull out on the day because she was unable to make it to Spain in time.

Speaking to NME, Khan explained that she experienced a transportation “nightmare” trying to get to the festival site. She said: “The bus broke down the day before and we spent 24 hours on a motorway layby with just a toilet and no food. The gearbox broke. A bus came and picked us up at three in the morning and then at six in the morning that bus broke down as well. We ended up missing the show because we couldn’t get flights out there, it was a nightmare.”

Bat For Lashes, who has now returned to the UK for a performance at Latitude today (July 15), described her recent run of festival appearances as “a mental tour all in all”. She added: “We’ve also had a situation where we were dragged from the stage because there was lightning hitting the stage… but it’s all good, you take it in your stride. You just start to wonder if it’s your negative vibe or if you’re cursed – it’s just, like, fuck. But hopefully we’ve got all the shit things out the way and it’ll be great from now on.”

Bat For Lashes will complete her summer festival schedule with appearances at Ireland’s Electric Picnic on September 2 and Bestival on the Isle of Wight on September 9. Her third album, ‘The Haunted Man’, will be released on October 15, followed by a European headline tour.