Eminem to Headline Reading and Leeds Festivals

Guess who's back.

By Hayden Wright

Eminem’s 2001 and 2013 headlining engagements at the UK’s Reading and Leeds Festivals injected a shot of hip-hop in the nearly 70-year-old institution. Rap acts like Ice Cube, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys are other ice-breaking artists who’ve brought their brand of hip-hop to the festivals, held annually over the last weekend in August. During that time, the lineup rotates between two venue locations in the historic towns of Reading and Leeds: Eminem will perform in Reading on August 26 and Leeds on August 27.

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Event organizers expressed their excitement about Em’s return appearance to the festival, fondly remembering his previous appearances.

“Eminem returning to Reading and Leeds is beyond exciting,” said R&L boss Melvin Benn. “His 2013 headline performance was incredible and I can’t want to have him back. In addition to our third and final headliner—joining Kasabian and Muse—we’ve announced over 70 additional acts to this year’s line-up—it’s looking stronger than ever.”

Kasabian and Muse are co-headliners of the festivals, whose lineup also includes Bastille, Major Lazer, Korn, Haim, Halsey and Fatboy Slim.

See the full lineup for this year’s festivals here:

 

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