Lily Allen will headline the opening night of this year's Latitude festival, replacing Two Door Cinema Club on Friday's bill. The Irish trio were forced to cancel dates after singer Alex Trimble was hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint.
Two Door Cinema Club, who formed in 2007 and have released two albums, were scheduled to perform their first festival headline show at this weekend's event in Henham Park, Suffolk. They have also cancelled their upcoming live show at Bournemouth Academy.
"It is with a heavy heart that we are going to need to cancel our upcoming shows at Latitude and Bournemouth Academy," the band announced in a statement. "Alex collapsed at Seattle airport on the way to London and has been hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint.
"We are devastated to have to cancel shows that we were so looking forward to. We can only apologise and hope for your understanding at this time."
Lily Allen, whose latest album Sheezus reached No 1 in the UK album charts, will fill in for the band instead. "So sorry to hear about Alex from Two Door Cinema Club. However I am more than happy to step in," Allen said.
"I've never been to Latitude but I hear it's fabulous and I can't wait to get my heels on for some serious dancing action on Friday evening – so, so excited."
Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic which runs the event, said: "We are honoured that Lily Allen is able to step in at the last minute and would like to thank her for filling the headline slot.
"After her show-stopping performance at Glastonbury, Lily was a natural choice, the Latitude audience are in for something really spectacular."
In its ninth year, 2014's festival will also feature headline sets from Damon Albarn and The Black Keys.