American band The Shins have cancelled two UK festival slots, apologising to fans for their "inexcusable" late decision. The rockers were scheduled to play the Reading and Leeds festivals later this month (26-27AUG06) but have pulled out over fears their upcoming album would never be completed on time. In a posting on their website the group says: "A big time apology going out to everyone that bought tickets to see us. No excuse could make up for this disappointment on both of our ends. We were so psyched to play this show at this legendary festival, but it came down to a rushed performance agreement conflicting with a major, and unmoveable recording time period. "We had to opt for the move that would get this record out on time. To our UK fans, we'll make up for this a soon as possible." They will be replaced by British rockers THE AUTOMATIC.