Reading 2017 headliner: Eminem slams Donald Trump and bans BBC from broadcasting his set

Eminem has completed the first night of his headline set at Reading and Leeds festival. Festival goers set off red and green flares during the rap legend’s show, while one even climbed to the top of the speaker tower to get the best view in the house.

Spitting his way through a career-spanning set at speed, the 44-year-old star delivered hits that included ‘Stan’, ‘Lose Yourself’ and ‘Real Slim Shady’, and also performed his remix cover of ‘The Hills’ by The Weeknd.

Eminem (REX)
Eminem (REX)

Early on he made it clear he hates Donald Trump and that America “has many problems.”

“So Reading. I’m not about to stand up here and use this f***ing stage as a platform to get all political and s**t and I don’t want to cause any controversy, but this motherf****r Donald Trump – I can’t stand him.”

He then asked the crowd to chant and said: “When I say ‘f**k’, you say ‘Trump’: F**k Trump, F**k Trump.”

Which they duly did.

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A huge screen behind him changed his stage theatrics from a church to a massive boombox, as Slim told the crowd that he doesn’t drink, but he had “a suspicion that nearly everyone here is doing an illegal or legal substance.”

Credit must go to Eminem’s backing singer, who filled in beautifully as Rihanna on ‘Love The Way You Lie’ and Dido on ‘Stan’.

The rapper took to Twitter to say he loved playing Reading, and some of his fans flocked to the site to agree that his set was incredible and it gave them ‘goosebumps’ to see him perform.

But others wondered if he mimed most of his set.

Could this be why he blocked TV coverage of it?

BBC Music revealed he stopped them broadcasting the show, writing on Twitter: “Unfortunately we will not be bringing you coverage of Eminem at #ReadingFestival, he has asked us not to broadcast his set.”

Eminem’s full Reading 2017 setlist:

Square Dance

Won’t Back Down

3 AM


Kill You

White America


Evil Deeds

Rap God


Don’t Give A Fuck


The Way I Am

Detroit vs Everybody

Fast Lane

The Hills Remix

Drop The World



Sing For The Moment

Toy Soldier


Love The Way You Lie


Till I Collapse

Cinderella Man


My Name Is

Real Slim Shady

Without Me

Not Afraid

Lose Yourself

Eminem completes his headline booking with a performance in Leeds tonight.

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