The 1975 have confirmed themselves as the replacement for Lewis Capaldi at Reading & Leeds Festival next month.
While performing at TRNSMT festival yesterday (9 July), singer Matty Healy announced that the band would play Capaldi’s slot at Reading on Saturday 26 August and Leeds on Sunday 27 August. The shows will see the band play their 2013 self-titled debut album in full to mark its 10th anniversary.
Last month Capaldi cancelled of all his upcoming live shows in order to focus on his mental health and physical wellbeing. The singer-songwriter was visibly affected by his Tourette’s at Glastonbury in late June and afterwards confirmed that he would pull his remaining live shows, which included Reading & Leeds.
Healy told members of the crowd last night to film his announcement, saying: “So, on Saturday at Reading and Sunday at Leeds in celebration of 10 years of our debut album, The 1975 will be playing that album in full in support of our good friend Lewis Capaldi. If you’ve got tickets, good for you. If you haven’t, go and get them. We’ll see you there.”
Festival organisers are yet to have confirmed the news. Rolling Stone UK has reached out to The 1975’s representatives for comment.
The 1975 join other headliners for this year’s festival: Foals, Billie Eilish, The Killers, Sam Fender and Imagine Dragons. Other acts on the line-up include Wet Leg, Bicep, MUNA, Steve Lacy and Central Cee.
It marks the second year in a row that 1975 have topped the bill at the twin festival and the second consecutive time that they’ve stepped in to replace a different act (Rage Against The Machine in 2022).