While performing at TRNSMT festival on Sunday (July 9), frontman Matty Healy revealed mid-performance that not only will the band be taking over Lewis Capaldi’s slot at the festivals, but they will also be performing their 2013 self-titled debut album in its entirety to mark its 10th anniversary.
Healy said onstage: “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.”
Watch the announcement below.
— The 1975 Updates (@The1975_Tour) July 9, 2023
Tickets for Reading & Leeds 2023 are available here. Other headliners for this year’s festival include Foals, Billie Eilish, The Killers, Sam Fender and Imagine Dragons. Other acts on the line-up include Wet Leg, Slowthai, Bicep, Becky Hill, Steve Lacy, Central Cee, MUNA, The Snuts, Tion Wayne and more. Check out the full line-up here.
The 1975 notably headlined last year’s iconic twin-site festival alongside Arctic Monkeys, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave, Bring Me The Horizon and Halsey.
The 1975’s replacement of Lewis Capaldi comes after the latter announced that he would be taking a break from all live performances – including Reading & Leeds – for the time being following his Glastonbury showcase to focus on his mental and physical health.
During that Glastonbury performance, Capaldi struggled to continue singing after his Tourettes ‘ticks’ began while he was onstage. In footage of the moment, the artist can be seen trying to persevere with the performance, and the crowd helping him by singing along.
Organisers for Reading & Leeds then took to social media to announce that they were working on finding a replacement for the artist, following his withdrawal. “We’re gutted that Lewis Capaldi won’t be performing at R&L this year, but health comes first and we wish him a speedy recovery,” the update read. “We’re working hard to book a replacement, stay tuned.”