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The 1975 to Headline Reading Festival, after Matty Healy said he wouldn’t play gender-unbalanced festivals

The 1975 will headline the Reading and Leeds Festival, although Matty Healy said he would no longer perform at gender-imbalanced festivals.

On Thursday (11 August) it was announced that Rage Against the Machine would no longer be able to headline the UK festivals after 52-year-old frontman Zack de la Rocha was medically advised to cancel his European tour. The band did not give any specific information about their health.

It was then announced that The 1975, who have not played in the UK since 2020, would be their replacements.

However, frontman Healy had previously committed to only performing at gender-balanced festivals in 2020.

Responding to journalist Laura Snapes’ criticism of the male-dominated cast at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival, Healy tweeted that she was “so right” about gender imbalances on stage (via NME).

When Snapes suggested that Healy put on his tab that he would only play festivals with at least 50 percent female and non-binary acts, Healy tweeted, “Take this as my signing of this contract.”

Declaring that he will honor his current commitments so as not to disappoint fans, he added, “From now on, I will and believe male artists can be such true allies.”

Reading and Leeds is one of the festivals most criticized for the lack of female and non-binary artists.

“We recognize that there is a widespread gender imbalance among Reading Festival performers,” reads their website.

The Independent has reached out to The 1975 representatives for comment.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/the-1975-reading-festival-gender-b2144062.html The 1975 to Headline Reading Festival, after Matty Healy said he wouldn’t play gender-unbalanced festivals

JOE HERNANDEZ

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