Announcement marks Em’s second major music festival booking in two days
It’s shaping up to be Shady Season on the year’s concert festival circuit.
Eminem will headline New York’s Governor’s Ball festival, June 1-3, organizers announced Wednesday. The announcement comes one day after Em was announced as one of the headliners of this year’s Coachella fest, unfolding April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Indio, California.
Governor’s Ball — which will also feature a headlining set by native Detroit rocker Jack White, who returns to the fest after headlining in 2014 — and Coachella are two of the major players on the American summer music festival landscape. Heavy hitters such as Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival, Manchester, Tenn.’s Bonnaroo fest, Austin’s Austin City Limits and New York’s Panorama have yet to announce their performance lineups.
The Gov’s Ball and Coachella performances are firsts for Eminem, though he appeared at the latter in 2012, popping in during the headlining set by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Em has previously performed at Lollapalooza (in 2011 and 2014) and Bonnaroo (in 2011).
The performances are Eminem’s first American concert billings since his 2014 Monster Tour with Rihanna. That tour played two dates apiece in Pasadena, Calif., East Rutherford, N.J. and Detroit, wrapping up with back-to-back shows at Comerica Park.
Eminem is touring behind his latest album “Revival,” which was released last month and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. The set slips to No. 4 on this week’s chart.