UK bands forced to cancel Coachella appearances due to Icelandic volcano ash

Flights to and form the UK continue to be disrupted

The Cribs have been forced to pull out of their appearance at this weekend’s Coachella festival because they can’t get a flight out of the UK in time for the California event.

The band were due to play the festival today (April 16), but have been caught up in the nationwide flight delays due to volcanic ash drifting over Europe from Iceland. The conditions have grounded all flights in and out of the UK.

Yesterday the Wakefield band began a 16-hour driving trip to Amsterdam to catch another flight, but they have now conceded that they will not be able to make it to the festival in time for their performance.

Writing on their MySpace about the situation, the band said:

“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.”

Frightened Rabbit and Delphic‘s appearances are also in doubt.

However, the following UK acts are confirmed as already being in the US for Coachella:

Thom Yorke
Florence And The Machine
The Specials
Little Boots
Erol Alkan
La Roux

Hadouken! have already cancelled their appearance at the festival due to visa issues. Los Campesinos! had to cancel their appearance at New York‘s Culture Shock.

NME.COM will be bringing you coverage of Coachella throughout the weekend, starting later today (April 16).