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The 1975 joins Reading & Leeds lineup in place of Rage Against the Machine

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The 1975 will headline the U.K.’s Reading & Leeds festivals in place of Rage Against the Machine.

As previously reported, the reunited “Killing in the Name” outfit dropped off the Reading & Leeds bill when they canceled their upcoming U.K. and European tour dates “per medical guidance” related to an injury frontman Zack de la Rocha suffered earlier this month during a show in Chicago. As a result of the injury, de la Rocha has been performing while seated throughout Rage’s U.S. tour.

“The flights, travel time, and rigorous schedule in the U.K. and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a complete recovery,” Rage said in a statement.

Rage still plans to finish the current leg of the band’s U.S. tour, which concludes this Sunday with a fifth straight show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The tour, which was originally scheduled for 2020 before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marks the first live Rage shows since 2011.

The 1975, meanwhile, joins the Reading & Leeds lineup alongside Arctic Monkeys, Glass Animals, Bring Me the Horizon, Wolf Alice, Halsey, Bastille and All Time Low. The bill had also included Måneskin, but they canceled their set earlier this week due “unforeseen scheduling conflicts.”

Reading & Leeds, which consists of two twin festivals taking place over the same weekend with the same lineup, will be held this year August 26-28.

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