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Eminem was initially meant to be the Sunday headliner at Pinkpop 2019, but had to cancel his performance. Rob Trommelen of Mojo Concerts, the festival’s main booker, reveals this in an interview with Festileaks.

This Wednesday, festival director Jan Smeets announced the full lineup of Pinkpop 2019. Here, third headliner The Cure was added to Mumford & Sons and Fleetwood Mac. This was not the original plan. Main booker Rob Trommelen explains:

“We had a disappointment recently. For a long time, Eminem was planned as headliner for the Sunday of the 50th Pinkpop. He was planning a tour in Europe with eight to twelve shows. Only in the middle of December we heard that he couldn’t make it; then we had a problem. We had to act fast: everything is already booked (major artists are scheduled for other festivals). As a comparison: last year’s headliners (Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars and Pearl Jam) were already more or less set around the 2017 edition 2017.”

In October last year, Eminem announced a tour through Australia and New Zealand in spring 2019. As a result, rumours started circulating about the American rapper playing at European festivals this summer.


Whether you know him as Marshall Bruce Mathers III or by his artist name Eminem or Slim Shady, it’s all about the same man. The American rapper has been popular for a long time, with hits like ‘Lose Yourself’, ‘My Name Is’, and ‘The Monster’. Recently, the American rapper launched his album Revival in 2017. Last summer he unexpectedly released his tenth album, Kamikaze.

Pinkpop 2019

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Pinkpop was organised for the first time in 1970, making it one of the oldest annual music festivals in the world. The Dutch festival often boasts impressive lineups. In the past decade, headliners included Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Muse, Paul McCartney, and The Rolling Stones. Pinkpop covers a variety of music genres from indie, rock and metal to pop, hip hop, and dance.

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Eva Wendt
Hi, I'm Eva, 19 years old and I want to work in the music/festival industry. I dont know yet what exactly, because there are many things I like about it. I used to organize my own festival for 6 years and studied IEMES (International Event Music & Entertrainment Studies). I quit this after around 8 months to start working at IFFR (Internional Film Festival Rotterdam). This February I started to write for Festileaks to gain experience in this as well!