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Volcanic ash continues to disrupt Coachella schedule

April 16, 2010 | 11:01 am


Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit has had to officially pull out of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, as ash from an Icelandic volcano has grouned airliners into and out of Europe. Frightened Rabbit, touring in support of the recently released "The Winter of Mixed Drinks," were initially slated to fly out of the U.K. on Thursday and appear at Coachella on Saturday. 

On Thursday, British band the Cribs announced that it would not be able to make it to Southern California for the three-day festival. In a statement posted on the band's MySpace page, the Cribs wrote that festival promoters Goldenvoice offered the band a private jet to the festival if it could get to the United States. But the band noted that getting out of Europe is "currently impossible." 

A Coachella spokeswoman said Goldenvoice head and co-founder Paul Tollett was unavailable for comment. The Cribs were due to perform today at 4:30 p.m. on one of Coachella's two outdoor stages. Goldenvoice is expected to announce a replacement act, although the festival spokeswoman said it could still be a few hours before anything is finalized. Updates will be posted here and on Twitter, depending on the availability of Wi-Fi on the festival grounds.

Coachella's overseas headliners, including the Gorillaz and Muse, are already in the United States and will perform as scheduled. In a statement released Thursday to Pop & Hiss, Tollett said: "All the headliners are in the country, and we're in contact with the acts that are having travel issues based on the ash."

It's been reported that as many as a dozen artists could be affected by the volcanic ash. Coachella is a sell-out in 2010, with 75,000 people expected per day. 

-- Todd Martens

Photo: The volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air before sunset on Friday, grounding flights across Europe and disrupting plans, including those of Frightened Rabbit. Credit: Brynjar Gauti / Associated Press