- 23 Aug 21
Machine Gun Kelly has also had to pull out of the ALT+LDN festival "due to restrictions and logistics."
Blossoms will replace Machine Gun Kelly at the upcoming Reading & Leeds Festival 2021 after the rapper had to pull out "due to restrictions and logistics."
In an announcement on Twitter, Blossoms wrote that they were "very excited" to be playing at the festival this weekend.
We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be playing this weekend’s @OfficialRandL 2021!
We’ll be appearing on Main Stage West at both Leeds and Reading on the following days:
— B L O S S O M S (@BlossomsBand) August 23, 2021
For similar reasons, Machine Gun Kelly also had to pull out of ALT+LDN festival in London next Monday, following this weekend's festival at Reading and Leeds.
The organisers of ALT+LDN wrote that despite their "relentless efforts," things were still "out of [their] control."
"We now know that due to the restrictive COVID measures that are in place, some of the international artists that were booked to play at ALT+LDN are unable to come," they explained.
In addition to Machine Gun Kelly, numerous other artists have been forced to pull out of Reading & Leeds. Last month, former headliners Queens Of The Stone Age were replaced by Biffy Clyro due to similar restrictions and logistics.
Despite increasing concerns about the Delta variant of COVID, the Event Research Programme of the British government found that the test event cases were "largely in line with or below community infection rate." Some of the pilot events included in the study were Blossoms' show in Liverpool, the BRIT Awards, Download Festival, and Latitude Festival.
While these results mean that the UK can continue to safely have large gatherings and music festivals, in Ireland many are calling for Government Ministers, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin to provide a roadmap for the live entertainment sector to reopen. Read more about it here.