The rapper is to headline the first US venture for the historic British festival...

EMINEM has been confirmed to headline the inaugural READING USA festival in CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY on September 8.

The one-day event will mark the first time that the UK festival has been held in the States, although promoters Mean Fiddler have previously brought the Guinness Fleadh to New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco from 1997 to 1999.

It will be Eminem‘s first US appearance this year. Also on the bill will be Linkin Park and Xzibit, plus a full bill of alternative rock and Hiphop acts to be announced.

Mean Fiddler president Vince Power commented: “The Reading Festival has it all: the history, the bands, the attitude and we are extremely proud to bring yet another world famous festival to the USA.”

A statement issued said that the festival, which is being staged in the largest venue near to the town of Reading, Pennsylvania, will be taken to other cities in the US next year.

The festival takes place at the Tweeter Center, Waterfront, Camden, near Philadelphia. Doors open at 12 noon and performances run from 1pm until late.

Lawn tickets are priced at $39.00 and seats at $59.75/$69.75/$79.75. Tickets go on sale 10.00am, Saturday (July 21) and are available at the Tweeter Center box office, Ticketmaster.com locations, or by phoning (215) 336 2000 or (856) 2338 9000.