Wolf Alice make desperate plea for private jet amid airport chaos ahead of Glastonbury performance


‘Has anyone got a private jet?’ Wolf Alice make desperate plea for help as they get caught up in airport chaos in Los Angeles while attempting to travel to UK for Glastonbury performance

Wolf Alice have made a desperate plea for a private jet after getting caught up in airport chaos ahead of their journey from Los Angeles to London ahead of Glastonbury.

The band, who are performing on the Pyramid Stage on Friday, tweeted in the early hours of Thursday morning to say they were stuck in California due to their flight being cancelled.

They wrote: ‘Has anyone got a private jet in La?’, before adding: ‘Our flights been cancelled and we need to get to Glastonbury not joking.’ 

Dire straits: Wolf Alice have made a desperate plea for a private jet after getting caught up in airport chaos ahead of their journey from Los Angeles to London ahead of Glastonbury

Dire straits: Wolf Alice have made a desperate plea for a private jet after getting caught up in airport chaos ahead of their journey from Los Angeles to London ahead of Glastonbury

Stranded: The band, who are performing on the Pyramid Stage on Friday, tweeted in the early hours of Thursday morning to say they were stuck in California after their flight was cancelled

Stranded: The band, who are performing on the Pyramid Stage on Friday, tweeted in the early hours of Thursday morning to say they were stuck in California after their flight was cancelled

The group – made up of singer Ellie Rowsell, guitarist Joff Oddiesaid, bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey – later said they are waiting for a flight to Seattle to get a direct plane to London in an attempt to make it to their performance.

Replying to a tweet that asked ‘did you make it?’ on Friday, they wrote: ‘We r now waiting for a flight to Seattle where we can go direct to ldn from there.’

Theo took to Instagram to keep his followers up to date, sharing a picture of himself with his head in his hands and writing: ‘Serious request, everything has been cancelled going out of LAX, we are in desperate need of a flight tonight. Anyone got a private jet? lol but really not lol trynna get to a pyramid style stage.’

Making music: The group are ade up of singer Ellie Rowsell (pictured), guitarist Joff Oddiesaid, bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey (Ellie pictured in August 2021)

Making music: The group are ade up of singer Ellie Rowsell (pictured), guitarist Joff Oddiesaid, bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey (Ellie pictured in August 2021)

Updated: They later said they are waiting for a flight to Seattle to get a direct plane to London in an attempt to make it to their performance.

Updated: They later said they are waiting for a flight to Seattle to get a direct plane to London in an attempt to make it to their performance.

He then shared a clip of the band on a bus, joking: ‘Interrailing to Glasto.’

Airlines reported over 1,000 cancelations across the United States by Wednesday afternoon as pilots continue to complain of fatigue amid staff shortages and increasing demand.  

As of 3.45pm EST there were 910 flights within, coming into or leaving the United States that were canceled, and more than 2,454 flights across the country were delayed.

Frustrated: Band member Theo took to Instagram to keep his followers up to date, sharing a picture of himself with his head in his hands at the airport

Frustrated: Band member Theo took to Instagram to keep his followers up to date, sharing a picture of himself with his head in his hands at the airport

Making light of a bad situation: He then shared a clip of the band on a bus, joking: 'Interrailing to Glasto'

Making light of a bad situation: He then shared a clip of the band on a bus, joking: ‘Interrailing to Glasto’

Reality: After joking they'd caught the train, Theo clarified that they were in fact still at LAX waiting for a plane

Reality: After joking they’d caught the train, Theo clarified that they were in fact still at LAX waiting for a plane

That is more than triple the number of cancellations reported on Tuesday, when the United States only saw 272 cancelations, while the number of delays is more than half of the 4,017 total delays reported on Tuesday.

Air carriers are now blaming the backlog in flights on rising demand following a lull during the coronavirus pandemic as staffing remains strained due to mass COVID-19 fuelled layoffs.  

The industry anticipates a shortage of 12,000 pilots this year as pilots must have 1,500 qualifying flight hours before they can actually take over a plane, according to Forbes.  

Sky high: Theo was seen sitting on a Delta flight from LA before the band revealed they were waiting in Seattle for a flight for London

Sky high: Theo was seen sitting on a Delta flight from LA before the band revealed they were waiting in Seattle for a flight for London

Glastonbury opened its gates for the first time in three years on Wednesday.

The world-famous music extravaganza’s co-organiser, Emily Eavis, admitted it’s ‘a miracle’ they are able to put on the festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, South West England, for the first time since 2019, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emily’s father, Michael Eavis, beamed as he greeted festival-goers at the gates on Wednesday morning.

Chaos: Airlines reported over 1,000 cancelations across the United States by Wednesday afternoon as pilots continue to complain of fatigue amid staff shortages (LAX pictured this week)

Chaos: Airlines reported over 1,000 cancelations across the United States by Wednesday afternoon as pilots continue to complain of fatigue amid staff shortages (LAX pictured this week)

Troubles: Airlines are blaming the backlog in flights on rising demand following a lull during the coronavirus pandemic as staffing remains strained due to mass COVID-19 fuelled layoffs (LAX pictured this week)

Troubles: Airlines are blaming the backlog in flights on rising demand following a lull during the coronavirus pandemic as staffing remains strained due to mass COVID-19 fuelled layoffs (LAX pictured this week)

Speaking live from the festival to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6, Emily – who curates the line-up with her father – said: ‘To actually be able to see people there and welcome in, watch them streaming in and running to pitch their tents up… it’s an amazing feeling.

‘We were doing so much towards the 50th [anniversary], obviously some of that is still playing out this year and we’ve melded all these ideas into this one festival.

‘I think every detail and part of the process has been devoured and savoured by everybody, it’s so precious.’

Open for business: Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis beamed as he greeted festival-goers at the gates on Wednesday morning

Open for business: Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis beamed as he greeted festival-goers at the gates on Wednesday morning

Delighted: The world-famous music extravaganza's co-organiser, Michael's daughter Emily Eavis, admitted it's 'a miracle' Glastonbury is happening for the first time since 2019

Delighted: The world-famous music extravaganza’s co-organiser, Michael’s daughter Emily Eavis, admitted it’s ‘a miracle’ Glastonbury is happening for the first time since 2019

She added: ‘There were many moments where we were full of uncertainty and it was only in the last few months where we were sure we were going to make it through.

‘It’s a miracle, it’s happened, everybody’s here.’

Headline acts Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will rock the Pyramid Stage.

Born to perform: Headline acts include Sir Paul McCartney, 80, who is to host a surprise warm-up gig in Frome

Born to perform: Headline acts include Sir Paul McCartney, 80, who is to host a surprise warm-up gig in Frome

All stars: Pop star Billie Eilish, 20, is also set to take to the stage at the famous festival this weekend after it opened for the first time this year since 2019 due to the pandemic

All stars: Pop star Billie Eilish, 20, is also set to take to the stage at the famous festival this weekend after it opened for the first time this year since 2019 due to the pandemic

Champions: Ukrainian Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra are set to perform at Glastonbury after triumphing during the music competition this year

Champions: Ukrainian Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra are set to perform at Glastonbury after triumphing during the music competition this year 

Motown legend Diana Ross is set to play the teatime Legends slot on Sunday.

Other acts performing include Olivia Rodrigo, Sam Fender, Haim, Foals and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

As always, there will be some surprise sets and it was just announced that ‘Eurovision’ 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra will play the Shangri-La’s Truth Stage on Friday.

Party ready: Revellers arrived at Glastonbury from Wednesday this week ahead of the event this year

Party ready: Revellers arrived at Glastonbury from Wednesday this week ahead of the event this year

Speaking of playing the legendary festival, the Ukrainian folk-rap ensemble’s frontman Oleh Psiuk said: ‘We are so excited to be playing at Glastonbury Festival alongside some of the biggest names in music from around the world. 

‘This is the perfect place for our first ever British performance and we hope it will be the start of many in the UK. 

‘We are very grateful for all the support we receive from the people of Britain, both for us and our country, and we are preparing a very special Ukrainian surprise for the fans at Glastonbury.’

Mammoth event: Thousands have descended on Worth Farm in Somerset in the South West of England

Mammoth event: Thousands have descended on Worth Farm in Somerset in the South West of England

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