April 16th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Bands scramble to find flights from Europe to Coachella festival

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Right about now, baggage handlers from Los Angeles International Airport should be pulling in guitar cases and other equipment belonging to musicians from the UK who are en route to this weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival in the Southern California desert near Palm Springs. But due to ash from the volcano that erupted Wednesday in Iceland, many European airports have been temporarily shuttered, leaving artists stranded.

The Cribs, Gary Numan, Bad Lieutenant and Frightened Rabbit are all reportedly scrambling to find a way across the pond for the high-profile music event, which features more than 100 acts over the course of three days.

The Cribs - who are based in England - were slotted to play this afternoon at 4:30. Rick Gershon, their rep at Warner Bros. Records, tells CNN their plan to ferry to Amsterdam and catch a plane from the Netherlands had to be scrapped Friday night due to rough seas. In a blog posting on their MySpace page, the band writes, "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 is currently impossible. See you next year..."

Electro pop pioneer Gary Numan isn't scheduled to perform until Sunday evening. He should have flown out of the UK this morning, but he's now booked on the first available flight Sunday morning. "It's very tight!" says his manager, Steve Malins, in an email to CNN. "He'll arrive early afternoon - due on stage at 8 pm, but we'll give it our best shot! Of course, if flights are delayed on Sunday, then we're doomed..."

But there is some good news. Muse and Gorillaz - the British acts that are headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively - are already safely on American soil.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. mandee

    Michael Cates and his band are great. We also saw him in concert ...really enjoyed the entire show. He plays like David Sanborn!! Book 'em.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Vivian K

    It's a shame they can't make it, but what about the talent here in the US? Michael Cates and his band is available. Saw him in concert last year...great saxophonist and live player.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris T

    Social Hero would be a good band to see at Coachella. I saw them in Toms river, NJ Thursday night.

    April 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    I hope The Medium plays Coachella soon! I found them on facebook and Itunes. They are amazing. I just saw their new video. It is sick!

    April 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    Muse is the biggest band on the planet right now. And this new tour is incredible. I've seen it 3 times already. Best arena show I've ever seen.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DB

    Muse is amazing. I'd be so excited to see them play a big outdoor show like Coachella. Their laser show must be amazing under that setting.

    April 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe fab

    NATAVA!!!!!!!!!!!ALLGOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!GATHERINGOFTHEVIBES!!!!!!!!! THATSWHATSGOOD____----bonnaroo is a set-up and a cheezefest -if you didn't go to the first three then you missed it -since then ALLDOWNHILL

    April 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. richard

    At least Echo and the Bunnymen made it!

    April 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fireybuddha

    Mother Nature once again reminds us that the equivalent of a tiny belch from from her can disrupt our lives on a massive scale.

    My money's on Her.

    April 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dizzle

    Thom Yorke is good to go. His band 'Atoms for Peace' just played here in the Bay Area the last 2 nights.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jefe

    Any word on Thom Yorke?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. surinder

    muse suck

    I wish the volcano had stopped them

    hopefully this forces some of the snot nosed promoters to consider local S. cali bands instead

    April 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    I have to make Coachella next year as long as I dont miss Bonnaroo... need to start saving now for both!

    April 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken

    I'll play.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MaidenCanada

    it is crazy how much we rely on things to run right and nature always has her way

    April 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Davis

    im going;]

    April 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |

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