After failing to cajole the crowd into life with cries of “Slane, are you with me?” and “Come on you cunts!”, the singer asked officials at the side of the stage how long he had left to play. Evidently unhappy with the answer he was given, Plan B replied: “10 minutes? 10 minutes… Well, we’re only gonna play one more song cause we don’t really wanna be here.”
He then left the stage early, having dismissed the event’s 80,000 gig-goers as the “tamest fucking crowd of my life”. Earlier in his set, Plan B had appeared particularly unhappy with the response to ‘Pieces’, the fourth-from-last song he played, telling the crowd afterwards: “You should feel ashamed. No fucking mosh pit, not one fucking mosh pit.”
He also tried to use his Irish heritage to warm up the crowd, apparently to no avail, saying: “I’m from Wexford, Loch Gorman, so give us some love.”
Fortunately, headliner Eminem proved more popular with the crowd. After opening with new track ‘Survival’, which he unveiled last week (August 14), Eminem rattled through 28 tracks during his Slane Castle set, performing hits spanning his entire career including ‘My Name Is’, ‘Love The Way You Lie’, ‘Without Me’, ‘The Real Slim Shady’ and ‘Stan’ before ending with ‘Lose Yourself’.
Meanwhile, there were more than 50 arrests during the course of the gig, which also featured support slots from EarlWolf, Chance The Rapper, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf, though local police have insisted that the vast majority of gig-goers behaved themselves.