World famous Detroit rapper Eminem has been confirmed as the first headliner of the 2013 installation of the Leeds & Reading Festivals. After the release of 2010’s Recovery, Slim Shady played several dates across the world, finishing up with an exclusive Australian tour, which wrapped up this time last year.
In late October, Marshall Mathers confirmed that he would be releasing a new album at some point during 2013, not via a press release but through a hat. After a year of alone time, fans will be glad to know that Shady is returning to the stage to deliver his classic tunes.
The promoters behind the festival are renowned for securing the best. Sporting headliners such as: The Cure, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, Radiohead and stacks more, you can be sure that securing Eminem’s first performance in over a year isn’t the only trick up their sleeve.
Head honcho Melvin Benn announced a few significant changes to the festival, showing that they are one of the few rock-orientated festivals who are adapting to change, embracing the recent dance movement. The announcement of three new stages and changes to the overall demographic – “There will quite a bit more dance music, quite a bit more other bits and pieces” – truly conveys the diversity of one of the UK’s best festivals.
Also announced on the bill are alternative rockers Deftones, Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, Electronic collective Boy Better Know, and Sub Focus. Occurring on the 23-25 August Bank Holiday, tickets are currently on sale. The remainder of the lineup is expected to drop early next year.