Organizers of the Reading and Leeds festivals appear to be having a hell of a day after a major artist pulled out and another had to change venues and set times.
Reading and Leeds festivals have suffered another blow after one of their high-profile artists was forced to cancel their show just hours before they hit the stage. Now the bosses had to notify attendees that another set had been canceled, which wreaked havoc on the setlist.
Organizers have decided to halt one of British DJ Andy C’s shows at Leeds Festival in Bramham Park due to “capacity issues”. Musician Heartbeat Loud, which was scheduled to take place in the park’s LS23 arena, was scheduled to perform in front of spectators more than once.
But now fans are furious after the artist’s shows were reduced to a single performance in a completely different arena. “Stop changing bullshit at the last minute,” lambasted one participant on X, formerly known as Twitter, joining a series of complaints.
“If anyone wants a cheap reading weekend ticket let me know,” another disgruntled music lover wrote after a statement from the festival. They posted on X: “Unfortunately due to capacity issues in the LS23 arena for Andy C’s set, Leeds Festival has decided to reschedule the arena and Andy C will now have 1 performance on the dance stage Radio 1 from 9:15 p.m. Friday.”
It comes less than an hour after bosses were forced to reveal US rapper Trippie Redd was pulling out of festivals in Reading and Leeds after suffering a mystery illness. The Mirror has contacted representatives for the musician for further information.
Organizers took to social media to update devastated onlookers earlier in the day, telling music fans the ‘unfortunate’ news before wishing the artist a ‘speedy recovery’. Some music lovers even admitted that they would not come following the cancellation.
They wrote: “Unfortunately we have to announce that Trippie Redd has to cancel his performances at Reading and Leeds due to illness. We wish @trippieredd a speedy recovery.”
In a statement, Trippie, born Michael Lamar White IV, explained: “I am very sorry to announce that I cannot perform this weekend. I was really looking forward to coming to the Reading and Leeds festivals, but due to illness I have to cancel my visit to the UK. Hope to see you soon!”
Angry fans responded to the cancellation earlier this morning, calling for a star-studded replacement. One replied, “That’s the only reason I was slightly tempted. I’m so glad I didn’t go now.” While another said, “Advertise Travis Scott.” It is not yet known exactly what happened to Trippie or if he will postpone his performance next year.
The Reading and Leeds festivals are two must-sees on any music lover’s calendar. Sam Fender, The Killers and Billie Eilish are among the artists taking the stage. Only The Poets and You Me At Six will also be present at the famous venues this weekend. The doors to the 2023 events opened on Wednesday as people headed to the pitches to try and find the best camp spot that would allow them to be close to all the action.
The BBC will broadcast Reading Festival via the iPlayer platform for music lovers. Selected performances will be available via the Reading Highlights channel on the platform from August 28. But before then, the service will have a designated Reading and Leeds channel which will show previous performances between August 21 and 27.
Additionally, The Killers at Reading and Leeds airs on BBC One on Sunday at 11:35 p.m. while Billie Eilish Live from Reading and Leeds airs on Monday at 11:15 p.m. Tickets for Leeds and Reading can be purchased on their respective websites or on Ticketmaster. Prices range from £92 for day tickets to £265 for the weekend (excluding booking and processing fees).
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