British bands Coldplay and Oasis have cancelled their concerts this weekend (24-25SEP05) in Texas as Hurricane Rita approaches the southern US state.

Coldplay and Oasis were scheduled to perform at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston, on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

However, as Hurricane Rita, which has been upgraded to a category five storm, moves towards the Lone Star State, US President George W Bush has declared a state of emergency and ordered Houston residents to evacuate.

A statement from concert organisers PACE reads, "Due to Hurricane Rita and circumstances beyond our control, PACE Concerts is postponing all performances scheduled for this weekend at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This action is taken in the best interest and safety of the fans, artists and staff in the face of Hurricane Rita."