FRIGHTENED Rabbit have been forced to apologise to fans who bought tickets for Belladrum Festival after the five-piece pulled out of the Highland music event.
The Selkirk band were due to appear at Beauly in August in front of 10,000 music fans but cancelled after being given the opportunity to support Death Cab For Cutie on their tour of the USA.
A statement from the group to their fans said: “We are sorry to announce that Frightened Rabbit will be unable to play this year’s Belladrum Festival.
“We were offered a tour of the US that we simply could not turn down.
“We are very disappointed not to play this year but we hope you understand our decision.
“Belladrum is one of our favourite festivals and we know that you will all still have a lovely weekend.
“We would also like to thank the organisers for asking us to be part of their great festival and hopefully we can make it back in the future.”
However, Frightened Rabbit’s withdrawal from the Invernesshire festival – which still features Texas, Echo and the Bunnymen and Deacon Blue – has been criticised by fans on social network site Facebook.
One comment described the decision as “Rubbish”, while another supporter said she was “heartbroken”.
Another added: “Well bang goes my Belladrum ... time to sell that ticket”, and one fan wrote: “All the best for the American tour, but this is a bitter pill to swallow”.
But the news has delighted US fans of the band, who will appear in the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on July 18 to start the tour before finishing off in Morrison, Colorado, on August 23.
Despite their absence from Belladrum, Scott and Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Gordon Skene will perform at Rockness next month.