The rap superstar pulls out of the event with less than two weeks to go...

JAY-Z has pulled out of the CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The rapper, who was due to play between The Darkness and Placebo at Reading (August 22) and Leeds (23), will now not be appearing, a spokesperson for the event told NME.COM.

“[a][/a] will move into the slot vacated by Jay-Z,” he said, “which means they will now appear on a different day.”

For the final line-up details, see next week’s NME, which is out a week on Wednesday (August 20).