British rockers Snow Patrol have blasted police after they were forced to cancel a concert on the picturesque island of Arran, Scotland - because local cops feared a "mini WOODSTOCK".

The RUN foursome, who recently shot to fame in the UK with their top ten hit RUN, were due to play at the 450 capacity LAMLASH HALL, bringing hundreds of fans to the island.

But authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of the infamous 1969 rock festival, when hundreds of thousands of ticketless fans descended on the event.

Furious Snow Patrol singer GARY LIGHTBODY says, "We're really disappointed we are unable to play on Arran, the local police seem to think they will have a mini-Woodstock on their hands and the conditions they are imposing on us at a late stage make it impossible to play."

The band have decided to perform at the QUEEN MARGARET UNION in Glasgow, Scotland, this Saturday (10APR04) instead.

Garry continues, "We hope that everyone who planned to go to Arran will be able to make it to the new show in Glasgow."

The bands promoter was equally unimpressed with the police, especially as it left the local tourist community an estimated $54,000 (GBP30,000) out of pocket.

He says, "We have had nothing but trouble from the police and council, every room on the island was booked and now hotels are having to unbook them.

But a police spokesperson says, "The promoters themselves decided to pull out and it was made clear to them that it was their decision."

08/04/2004 14:50