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Eminem will headline on Saturday and Sunday | © Wikicommons
Eminem will headline on Saturday and Sunday | © Wikicommons

Eminem to Headline Reading and Leeds 2017

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Music Editor
Updated: 24 February 2017

Rapper Eminem has been announced as the latest headliner for Reading and Leeds festivals.

The musician will join Kasabian and Muse at the top of the bill for the twin festivals.

Eminem last played Reading and Leeds in 2013 and festival organiser Melvin Benn called his comeback ‘beyond exciting’.

He said: ‘His 2013 headline performance was incredible and I can’t want to have him back.’

Eminem last headlined the festivals in 2013 | ©Wikicommons

Eminem last headlined the festivals in 2013 | © Wikicommons

Other performers set to perform include Fatboy Slim, Bastille, Everything Everything, Charli XCX, Lethal Bizzle and You Me At Six.

The festivals were criticised earlier this year when the initial line-up was released featuring just one female performer.

Chrissy Costanza, who fronts American band Against The Current, was the only woman included on the bill last month.

She will now be joined by another 16 acts that feature at least one woman, including all-female group Haim and BBC Sound of 2017 winner Ray BLK.

The festival is still dominated by men though – 80 out of the remaining 97 performers are male solo artists or all-male bands.
The line-up so far | ©

The line-up so far | ©

Perhaps Eminem might boost the number of women performing if he brings Dido on stage for a version of ‘Stan’ like he did four years ago.
Reading and Leeds Festival 2017 will take place from August 25 to 27.