The 1975 are replacing Lewis Capaldi at this year’s Readings and Leeds 2023 after the Scottish singer cancelled all of his live shows due to his “mental and physical health”.
Following a draining period on the road that had clearly taken its toll, with the Glastonbury having to help him finish his set just last month, the 26-year-old sadly had to scrap his tour dates “for the foreseeable” in order to “rest and recover”.
With The 1975 deep into a worldwide tour and having played countless shows this year already — most recently TRNSMT festival at Glasgow Green on Sunday, 9 July — they have now decided to take on the festival’s headline slot on 26 August as well.
Announcing the news live on stage this past Sunday, frontman Matty Healy revealed that “in celebration of 10 years of our debut album”, they will be playing the record in full not only to mark the anniversary but “in full support of our good friend Lewis Capaldi“.
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During their show at Finsbury Park, Healy had already shared a message of support for the Scotsman, telling the crowd: “I want to send my sincerest thoughts to Lewis Capaldi — who is a good friend of mine — and who, on the day when he had to cancel his tour, checked in on me. Just think about that.
“And it’s also a reflection on how hard being a solo artist is as I would not be doing this show if I didn’t have these amazing men and women behind me”. Capaldi also appeared as a surprise guest during The 1975’s gig in Newcastle earlier this year, clearly sharing a solid relationship.
Fast-forward to their TRNSMT set and knowing that securing a spot for either Reading or Leeds is easier said than done, Healy went on to add, “If you’ve got tickets, good for you. If you haven’t, go and get them. We’ll see you there.” You can grab yours HERE.
Get well soon, Lewis, we’re all right behind you.
Featured Image —The 1975 (via Instagram)/BBC