The Coachella organizers have been ska boosters. For three our of the last four years, a 2-Tone era ska band was part of the prestigious line-up. In 2010 it was The Specials, who were touring the U.S. for the first time since the early 1980's. In 2012, Madness brought their nutty sounds to the desert festival, and last year it was The Selecter who wowed the crowd with a blazing mid-afternoon set.
There has been no official announcement from Bad Manners about the Coachella cancellation. UK media reported that the band failed to show up for a gig in West Cumbria in mid-March. A sold out house waited for the band to hit the stage, only to be told that the show was cancelled when the band had failed to show by 10:30pm.