Eminem joined by Rihanna, D12 at V Festival 2011

Eminem at Oxegen 2010 by Lonan O'Neill
Eminem at Oxegen 2010 by Lonan O'Neill

Thousands gathered at Weston Park, Staffordshire to catch Eminem's only UK festival date this summer in what was the most anticipated V Festival 2011 performance of the night.

Whipping classic tracks with tunes from his latest album, ‘Recovery’, the rapper was accompanied by a MC and hype man and seemed fresh tuned in and more captivating than ever.

Naturally, it was his classic tracks that got the biggest response. As the guitar strummed up for ‘Stan’ fans begin to sing Dido’s lyrics with the rapper looking impressed.

Eminem saluted the passing of several rappers ahead of ‘Purple Pills’, which saw two D12 rappers help out on the track with the stage lighting up fluorescently in purple and yellow.

Appearing a bit shocked at the size of the audience the rapper proclaimed halfway through the show: “There are loads of ya’ll tonight. Can ya’ll at the back hear?”

One of the biggest cheers appeared when Rihanna took to the stage for the second time in the evening to performed duet ‘Love The Way You Lie’.

Eminem played:
‘Won’t Back Down’
‘3 A.M.’
‘Square Dance’
‘Kill You’
‘No Love’
‘So Bad’
‘Cleaning Out My Closet’
‘The Way I Am’
‘Fight Music’
‘Purple Pills’
‘Fast Lane’
‘Sing For The Moment’
‘Toy Soldiers’
‘Space Bound’
‘Till I Collapse’
‘Cinderella Man’
‘Love The Way You Lie’
‘I Need A Doctor’
‘My Name Is’ / ‘The Real Slim Shady’ / ‘Without Me’
‘Not Afraid’
‘Lose Yourself’