Volcano fallout: Many flights from LAX to Europe canceled, some Coachella bands stranded
The eruption of a volcano in Iceland, clouding the skies over Europe, was playing havoc with bands scheduled to make it to their performances this weekend at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
One casualty was the English band the Cribs, which announced on its Myspace page that they were stranded and unable to get to the festival.
Singer/guitarist Johnny Marr wrote that the band was “pretty gutted to be frank, currently languishing in the grimmest ferry port after waiting for good news about free airspace that never came. … We were really looking forward to playing this year, the slot sounded perfect, outdoor at dusk, and the last time we played Coachella was really fun.”
LAX officials Thursday announced cancellations of flights to Amsterdam, London and Paris. The volcano prompted the cancellation of another flight Friday: a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt scheduled for 2:50 p.m.
Officials were urging travelers headed to Europe to check with their airlines before going to the airport.
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Photo: On Thursday, music fans with tickets for camping line up to be checked by security before entering the Empire Polo Field grounds, in Indio, before the start of the 2010 Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times