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The 1975 to replace Rage Against the Machine as Reading and Leeds headliners

Rage Against the Machine have had to cancel due to a medical issue

By Charlotte Krol

The 1975's Matty Healy

The 1975 have been announced by Reading and Leeds festival as replacement headliners for Rage Against the Machine.

Earlier this week Rage Against the Machine confirmed that they were cancelling their headline sets at the dual festival and also pulling the remainder of their UK and European shows this year.

A statement said that a medical issue involving Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha was the reason for the cancellations, however, no specifics were given. De la Rocha injured his leg at a gig in Chicago last month and performed following gigs sitting down.

Now, Reading and Leeds has shared the news of the band’s replacement, writing in a post on social media today (12 August) “Don’t say we never treat you” alongside tagging The 1975 and sharing an updated line-up poster.

The 1975 join Dave, Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me The Horizon, Halsey and Megan Thee Stallion in topping the bill at an expanded edition of the two festivals held over the August bank holiday weekend (26-28 August) at Reading’s Richfield Avenue site and Leeds’ Bramham Park.

Specifically, The 1975 will co-headline Reading festival on Sunday (28 August) and Leeds festival on Friday (26 August) with Halsey.

It comes as The 1975 prepare the release of their fifth album Being Funny in a Foreign Language, which is due out on 14 October.

In Rolling Stone UK’s current cover story The 1975 singer and guitarist Matty Healy discussed embracing ideals and being more earnest on the band’s upcoming album.

“This record definitely takes those ideas and says, ‘Well, nihilism in your 20s is very sexy, and very cool and well done, and maybe appropriate.’ As you get a little bit older, those postmodern, exciting ideas have to — do — start making way for more traditional values, which aren’t that sexy, which aren’t that hip-shaking. They’re responsibility, adulthood, these kinds of ideas,” Healy said.

“What I’m asking on this record in the context of love is, can you find true love, versus all of this irony, all of this postmodernism, all of this… I don’t want to say neoliberalism but versus the internet, versus technology?” he added.

“Can we find true love in a way that we were culturally in pursuit of at the beginning of the 20th century?” Well, can we find true love now? “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s really hard.”