‘Eminem back for good,’ declares T In The Park organiser

Geoff Ellis says the Detroit rapper "stormed" his headline set

T In The Park organiser Geoff Ellis has denied rumours that Eminem was 50 minutes late for his headline set last night (July 10) because he refused to walk across the mud between his bus and the stage.

Speaking about the delay at a press conference this afternoon, Ellis denied the rumours that had spread around backstage.

“It wasn’t [Eminem‘s] doing – there was a piece of equipment that wasn’t ready,” he explained. “He was ready to come on, and so were his band, but unfortunately the stage manager said that we had to keep waiting five minutes, then five more minutes. Luckily though, we didn’t have to cut any of the set.”

He added that he thought Eminem “stormed” his set, and that “he’s back for good” now.

Ellis also spoke of the death of 24-year-old festivalgoer David Catto, describing it as “tragic”. However, he went on to cite the relatively small amount of incidents that had happened at this year’s event.

“When you consider that we’re in a place with 85,000 people, compare the incident rate to what happens in towns across the country every weekend, and proportionally, our incident rate should probably be higher than it has been.”

Ellis also paid tribute to the festival’s staff, and in particular praised the Citizen T initiative, developed to encourage responsible behaviour from festival goers – putting their litter in the extra bins provided, fostering a friendly spirit, and taking their tents home with them on the Sunday night.

When asked whether he had headliners in mind for next year’s bash, he instantly said that he did, but refused to confirm any names. He did, however, say that David Bowie was welcome any time. The British legend was due to headline the festival in 2004, but had to pull out due to a shoulder injury. He went on to say how much he was looking forward to Kasabian‘s headline slot later this evening, saying that they were booked to play just weeks after the 2009 festival.

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