Eminem “should not be allowed” to play Irish festival

Council will make a decision on suitability of appearance next month

Eminem‘s debut Irish performance may be on shaky ground after formal complaints were made to North Down Borough Council.

The singer was set to play the Tennent’s Vital Festival, Bangor over the Tuesday and Wednesday of August 23-24, but after complaints by locals the slot may now be in danger.

Local resident Brian Ashworth told the Belfast Telegraph, “I have no issue with a family-friendly concert in a park but this is a performer who uses the crudest language – language that degrades women and has the foulest, most twisted content… “

He went on to say, “The council should never have allowed this” and put the reason for the gig getting the go-ahead purely down to financial reasons.

“The main motivation for this event is to make money, and while it is important to stimulate the economy, it shouldn’t involve breaching decency,” he concluded.

A decision will be made by the council in July.

The Script, Ellie Goulding, Kaiser Chiefs and Jimmy Eat World are all set to play the two-day festival.

Eminem is set to headline the V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on August 20 and 21. The other headliner will be Arctic Monkeys.