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Eminem finally makes it to Co Meath

As predicted by OTR a month ago, Eminem will play Slane Castle on August 17. Tickets for the Marshall Bruce Mathers III roadshow go on sale next Wednesday morning at €79.50 (plus Ticketmaster Slim Shady tax) a pop, just in …

Wed, Dec 12, 2012, 08:19


As predicted by OTR a month ago, Eminem will play Slane Castle on August 17. Tickets for the Marshall Bruce Mathers III roadshow go on sale next Wednesday morning at €79.50 (plus Ticketmaster Slim Shady tax) a pop, just in case you’re looking for a Christmas present for the Eminem fan in your life.

Why does this Slane place ring a bell?

However, in light of sluggish early tallies for some outdoor shows due next summer, some will wonder if there are that many Eminem fans in anyone’s life these days to justify a big day out in the big hilly field next to Slane Castle. With only Bruce Springsteen trio of shows a guaranteed sell-out for 2013 and tickets still on sale for Bon Jovi, Rihanna and Roger Waters (plenty of tickets on sale for this one, we hear), there may be a question mark in some minds’ over Eminem’s ability to flog this one at a time when many big shows are just not opening well.

But there are a few things which probably make this more of a banker than Bon Jovi. The Detroit rapper remains one of pop’s more interesting figures, there’s a new album on the way in 2013 and he’s proven to be a consistent draw in Ireland. Aside from those appearances at Oxegen (2010) and Vital (2011), he also pulled huge crowds when he played a couple of shows at Punchestown Racecourse in 2003. Remember too that the cancelled Slane show in 2005 was sold out. Of course, that was eight years ago at the height of Eminem’s commercial prowess when he was touring the multi-million selling “Encore”, yet this is a show which has the potential to open really strongly, especially as the promoters will probably go mad with radio ads featuring all the hits of old. It’s also interesting that the show is at Slane rather than one of the venues at MCD’s disposal like Marlay Park or one of the racecourses. It could be down to diary availability (you won’t get near Croker in August, for instance) or perhaps Slane is a cheaper hire than other big hilly fields with the venue owner competing on price.

The Eminem announcement also causes one to muse about the paucity of pre-Christmas news about shows and festivals for next summer. You would imagine that promoters would be gagging to put early bird tickets on sale for their gigs next summer to avail of the December splurge, yet there’s been silence about Electric Picnic (though headliners are never usually announced until spring), Oxegen (the website still incongruously plugs itself as “Europe’s greatest music festival” and promises a return in July 2013 but, unlike Glastonbury to which it fatuously compares itself, there hasn’t been a peep out of them about next year), the Phoenix Park shows and other events believed to be in the works. Surely everyone is not going to copy Michael Buble and take up a smart Las Vegas-like residency in the O2 for five nights rather than risk the Irish weather and recession by going outdoors?

Yes, we know there have been some announcements – Neil Young playing Dublin’s RDS Arena with Crazy Horse on June 15; Elton John, Elvis Costello, ZZ Top and Christy Moore playing Cork’s Live at the Marquee on June 23, 26, 27 and July 6 respectively and the return of Body & Soul to Ballinlough Castle for the fourth year on June 21 to 23 next – but it’s surprising that we haven’t heard about Mumford & Sons and The Script in the Phoenix Park, for example, or what the hell is in store for racecourses in Co Kildare and Co Meath next summer. Perhaps we will see a flurry of announcements in the next few days.

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