Eminem announces plans to play Wembley Stadium

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Hip-hop superstar Eminem has announced plans to appear in London this summer in what will be his first show in the capital since 2001.

The news, which is sure to excite fans of the genre in the UK, was announced on the Zane Lowe show on BBC Radio.

Speaking to the famous DJ, Eminem explained that his original plan was to appear at an event in Hyde Park, but said that did not work out and so he is instead set to star at Wembley Stadium in July.

He said, too, that he is not currently ready to play big tours and is preferring to play one-off events, like the one he has planned in north London this summer.

The Detroit MC also spoke of his excitement at working with live musicians on his current stage show. “It’s definitely better. It definitely brings a whole new element to it… There’s a whole different energy. It’s louder, it’s more in your face, it’s more explosive,” he remarked.

What’s more, he took the time to discuss his new venture – a new battle rap league called Total Slaughter. The move has excited people in hip-hop, as battle rap is a fundamental part of the genre’s development.

“I came up battling at the same time I was making records and learning my way around the studio,” he told Rolling Stone magazine.

“It’s a little bit different in terms of the kinds of tools you need, but the competitiveness is the same. The times I didn’t win gave me just as much light in the past as when I did. It’s all about your performance.”

This summer will also see One Direction – the world’s biggest boyband – appear under the Wembley arch.

To see either of these acts in action is easy enough if you’re travelling from the Montcalm Hotel, as the London underground network will take you straight there.