Eminem becomes first rapper to headine Wembley Stadium


Marshall Mathers will appear at the ‘Venue of Legends’ in July, in his first London show in 13 yearsEminem … If Hyde Park won’t have him, Wembley will. Photograph: Piere Andrieu/AFP/Getty ImagesEminem is to become the first rapper to headline Wembley Stadium. For his first London show since 2001, he is to play the 90,000-capacity stadium on 11 July.

The rapper said the show came about because he was going to be unable to play a different London outdoor venue this summer. “I heard that I wasn’t going to be approved to play in Hyde Park and it made me even more excited to play in London this summer,” he said. “The easiest way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t do it. Thanks to the Royal Parks for making it all possible….for Wembley.”

In the last 13 years, Eminem’s only UK dates have been headline slots at festivals. However, he has retained his commercial clout. His last album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 went straight into the UK charts at No 1, and made him the first US act to achieve seven consecutive UK No 1 albums.
Tickets for the Wembley show will go on sale at 9am on Friday 9 May.

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