Friday 19 April 2019

Eminem gives party a miss after rocking 80,000 at Slane

RAPPER Eminem was on his best behaviour during his weekend stay in Ireland.

He is one of the world's biggest and most controversial rappers, but it seems that playing to 80,000 Irish fans was more than enough for one night.

The hip hop artist shunned the Dublin social scene on Saturday night following his sell-out concert at Slane Castle.

The 40-year-old retired to the Four Seasons Hotel in the capital where he spent the night. However, the Detroit star's crew, including his producer DJ Parks, hit celebrity hotspot, the Grafton Lounge.



They arrived before midnight and stayed until the end where they downed glasses of Grey Goose vodka and Dom Perignon.

US rappers Joe Budden, Royce, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I also joined them.

"The guys arrived in around midnight and stayed until the wee hours," a source told the Herald.

"There was no shortage of female admirers either. They were in flying form, the drinks were in full flow and they all had a super night."

Actress Saoirse Ronan, celebrity couple Gerald Kean and Lisa Murphy and most bizarrely, Twink, were among the VIPs who were at Slane as Eminem wowed fans with his biggest hits, including, Stan and Lose Yourself.

It was the first time that he played the Meath venue since he was forced to cancel in 2005, but it was a successful night for organisers and Lord Henry Mountcharles hailed the gig as "one of the best Slanes ever".

Although the king of rap appeared fearless as he tore into his back catalogue of hits, it was a very different Marshall Mathers that Lord Henry met minutes before he went on stage. "Frankly I couldn't believe this shy and polite man was Eminem. I presented him with a Slane Castle T-shirt which he wanted for his daughter and a bottle of our own," he said.

With over 750 gardai on duty and a similar number of stewards, those attending were searched up to five times before entering the concert site.

The strong police presence resulted in just 63 offences – 35 for minor drugs offences and 22 people arrested for Public Order Offences.

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