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Saturday 20 December 2014

Lily Allen's fury at Twitter abuse as she steps in for Co Down band

Sick: Alex Trimble
Sick: Alex Trimble

Festival organisers have defended their decision to book Lily Allen after the singer received Twitter abuse for stepping in to headline Latitude after Co Down outfit Two Door Cinema Club pulled out.

Allen took the place of the Bangor band after they cancelled when frontman Alex Trimble collapsed at Seattle airport on the way to London and is now in hospital with a chronic stomach complaint.

Earlier in the day Allen said she was "exhausted by nastiness" on the social networking site after agreeing to take the indie band's place.

She wrote: "I understand that you're disappointed but I don't think that warrants abuse." Two Door Cinema Club offered their support, sending her a message saying: "You have our unequivocal support. You're a greatly talented artist!"

Festival organiser Melvin Benn said he was delighted the Sheezus singer had agreed to join the line-up alongside fellow headliners Damon Albarn and The Black Keys.

He put the abuse down to "a number of idiots", saying many of them may not even be Latitude festival goers.

Mr Benn added: "She's done a fantastic thing in offering to come and play.

"It's a tough thing to find a headline act at the last minute.

"She's not been to Latitude before. I've spoken to her, she's very happy, she's p****d off about the abuse from the Twitter cranks but I think she's going to put on a great show.

"There's certainly a section of the audience she very much appeals to – she's worthy of any stage." Albarn has been granted an extra 15 minutes for his headline set tomorrow night so a "well-known friend" can join him on stage. Other highlights of the line-up include Editors, Billy Bragg and Crystal Fighters.

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