Iggy Azalea pulls out of Reading And Leeds Festivals to attend MTV Video Music Awards

Australian rapper cancels her appearances following scheduling problems

Iggy Azalea pulls out of Reading And Leeds Festivals to attend MTV Video Music Awards

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Iggy Azalea has pulled out of this year's Reading And Leeds Festivals.

The Australian rapper has cancelled her appearance at both legs of the bash at the final hour after she realised that her slot clashes with this year's MTV Video Music Awards at New York's Barclays Center on Sunday (August 25). She was due to play the Radio 1 Dance Stage at 6.45pm (BST) tonight (August 23) in Reading and on the same stage in Leeds tomorrow (August 24).

She took to her Twitter page to announce the news, telling her fans:




When a fan asked why she wasn't playing Leeds a day ahead of the MTV VMAs, she replied:




Later, Green Day will appear at Reading Festival, where they famously played a surprise set on the NME Stage in 2012. Speaking about the band's live show, festival promoter Melvin Benn said recently: "There are a number of bands that are very closely associated with Reading and Leeds and Green Day are definitely one of them. When they play, they just boss it; they absolutely own the stage and engage with the fans – that's something I will never tire of."

Meanwhile, Biffy Clyro will bring Leeds Festival to a close – performing last on the Main Stage for the first time in their career. Elsewhere at Leeds there will be performances from Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy and The Lumineers. Speaking about his band's innovative new live show, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor recently said: "In terms of physical components, it's actually low-tech. It's either going to be the best thing ever or a spectacular disaster."

Other artists appearing across the Leeds site include Editors, Phoenix, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, Haim, Tribes, Knife Party, Spector, Merchandise, Wretch 32, Angel Haze and 'Harlem Shake' star Baauer.

Reading Festival, meanwhile, will welcome System Of A Down, Deftones, Frank Turner, Bring Me The Horizon and New Found Glory to the Main Stage. Other artists appearing across the Reading site include Skrillex, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Bastille, Peace, Iggy Azalea, Chvrches, The Strypes, Wiley and Parquet Courts.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer's events.

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