For the first time, Slane will host two different acts in one summer – Bon Jovi will play there on June 15.
Rumours circulating last night were confirmed this morning by promotor MCD. Hot Press magazine got wind of the announcement after it was announced that the rapper would be headlining the Reading and Leeds festivals.
Eminem – aka Marshall Mathers – was originally due to play at Slane in 2005, but cancelled a month before the gig due to “exhaustion complicated by other matters”. It later turned out the rapper was suffering from a prescription drug dependency which hampered his performances.
The cancellation led to a court case involving MCD and three insurance companies. MCD claimed the cancellation cost it some €2.1 million.
He has since reconciled with the promoters, and played at Oxegen two years ago.
Eminem made his Irish debut in 2003 when he played a sell-out show in Punchestown. Over 40,000 pundits went to see the man who was celebrating the box-office success of the film, 8 Mile.
Speaking of today’s announcement, Slane Castle’s Lord Henry Mountcharles said: “In 2005 I said Eminem was a stunning artist. He is even more so today. I am thrilled he is going to play Slane.”
Tickets are priced from €79.50 and are on sale next Wednesday at 9am.