Wolf Alice have landed in the UK ahead of a Glastonbury show this afternoon (June 24) that looked in jeopardy 24 hours ago.
The Mercury Prize-winning indie rockers had looked set to be stranded in the US, having jetted out for high-profile support slots to Bleachers and Halsey at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, respectively. Plans to head straight back to the UK to hit the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, though, were imperilled by a cancelled flight.
“Has anyone got a private jet in LA?”, they tweeted from their official account, before adding, “Our flights been cancelled and we need to get to Glastonbury, not joking.” Drummer Joel Amey followed this up hours later, by quote-tweeting the original message and saying, “Spoke to soon having a shocker.”
Now, though, their Instagram story shows the inside of an aeroplane with Heathrow Airport tagged as the location, suggesting they have reached British soil in time for this afternoon’s 4:45pm appearance at the festival. They had previously updated fans on Twitter, saying: “We r now waiting for a flight to Seattle where we can go direct to ldn from there.”
There is no update as yet, though, as to the status of The Chemical Brothers, who were announced at the last minute this week for a two-hour DJ slot beneath Arcadia’s giant spider tonight from 11pm, only for them to then call off a show in Cork, Ireland on Wednesday (June 22), due to a positive COVID-19 test in the touring party.
An update shared yesterday morning (June 23) said that this week’s remaining shows are still in the balance. “We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible but as we have all learnt over the last two excruciating years, COVID recovery times and severity of infection are unpredictable,” they said.
George Ezra, meanwhile, has also fallen victim to illness; the troubadour has laryngitis, and is out of his scheduled set at Denmark’s Tinderbox Festival today. He was widely reported to be set for a secret appearance on the John Peel stage on Sunday (June 26). “I’ve been advised to go on full vocal rest for 48 hours,” he said on Twitter, meaning fans at Glastonbury face a nervous wait to see if he recovers in time.