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The 1975 frontman Matty Healy hospitalised with “serious illness”


Matty Healy, the lead singer of indie pop band The 1975, has been hospitalised in Australia with a bout of serious illness.

The band were forced to cancel a headline performance at Brisbane’s Laneway Festival on doctors advice as Healy was forced to recover from a “bout of serious sickness” which has left him “too weak to play”.

A statement from the band read: “It is with great regret that we are unable to play this evening in Brisbane. Matty was hospitalised following a bout of serious sickness. Unfortunately after a medical examination at 5:30pm today the doctor advised that Matty is too weak to play.”

The band continued: “We hope to be back on track for tomorrow’s show in Sydney. Thanks in advance for everyone’s understanding and apologies for the lateness of this announcement. We are all devastated to miss tonight’s show but have to put Matty’s welfare first.”

Due to the last-minute cancellation it meant that Laneway Festival were unable to find a replacement and instead bumped local favourites King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard further up the billing.

Having spent the time to recover, Healy has provided an update on his health via social media, writing: “Guys thank you for all your lovely wishes. I am alive and well shit just got way too vibey I’m still taking it easy but I’ll see you tonight for maybe quite a calm set which could be nice anyway.”