Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bad Manners Off Coachella 2014 Line-up

Sadly, Bad Manners will not be performing at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California this weekend and next.  The band was removed by the festival organizers with little fanfare or an official announcement in early March.  Fishbone will carry the ska flag, performing Sunday April 13th and Sunday April 20th.

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.


Anonymous said...

Traffic on motorway was reason gig was missed by BM

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I play in the band, and I think the problem with Coachella was logistics and costs etc.
I don't think it could be done as we couldn't tie it in with other gigs (that didn't come off)
Regarding the gig in Cumbria, nobody was more gutted by the situation than us....We spent 10 and a half hours in the back of a van travelling from London and caught caught up in M6 motorway madness and also suffered engine trouble....We arrived at the venue willing to play but were not allowed to do so as an announcement had already been made to the audience that we weren't going to show......We saw loads of fans outside the venue and Buster signed albums, had pictures took and had a drink with the fans...i think the date will be was a bad situation that was out of our hands unfortunately...