The 1975's Matty Healy pays tribute to Lewis Capaldi at Reading Festival

The band stepped in to fill the festival slot after Lewis Capaldi announced he was taking a break earlier this year.

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The 1975 paid tribute to Lewis Capaldi during the band’s headline set at Reading Festival.

Frontman Matty Healy said Capaldi was taking a “well-deserved” time-out after he pulled out of the festival line-up.

Following his performance at Glastonbury this year, Capaldi announced on his social media accounts that he would be “taking a break” from touring.

The Bathgate-born singer said he was “learning to adjust to the impact” of his Tourette’s after releasing his second album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent earlier this year.

Reading and Leeds Festival released a statement on social media saying: “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.

“We’re working hard to book a replacement, stay tuned.”

The 1975 later revealed, while on stage at Glasgow’s Trnsmt festival, that they would fill the slot.

The band also stepped in last year to replace rock band Rage Against The Machine when the group pulled out.

Performing on Saturday, the band led a round of applause for Capaldi before marking the ten-year anniversary of their first album in their set.

During their performance, Healy asked the crowd to applaud Capaldi and said: “Can we have a big, the loudest round of applause in our set for Mr Lewis Capaldi, who couldn’t make it this evening.

“Give it up for Lewis. Give it up for Lewis.”

He added: “When Lewis decided to take a well-deserved and well-needed break, that left this slot open and it’s been 10 years since we put out our debut album.”

The band then played their 2013 single Chocolate as the crowd exploded into cheers.

Other artists in this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival line-up include Billie Eilish, The Killers, Foals and Sam Fender.

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