Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Hackney Marshes


This weekend huge names from Jay Z and Nas to Florence and the Machine and Bombay Bicycle Club will be taking to the stage at Hackney Weekend.

BBC Radio 1 will take over Hackney Marshes from Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 June for UK’s largest free music festival as part of the BBC’s contribution to the Cultural Olympiad which launches this week.

Live music will take place across six stages offering an eclectic mix of music genres including, hip hop, dance, folk and indie.

The acts range from worldwide names to exciting new talent such as Random Impulse and Kersha Bailey – gems discovered by Radio 1 DJs who will perform on the BBC Introducing Stage.

The headliners for Saturday 22 include Jay Z, Kasabian, Jack White, Sean Paul and Swedish House Mafia.

The headliners for Sunday 23 include Rihanna, Lana Del Ray, Chase and Status, Nas and David Guetta.

The audience is set to reach 50,000 people for each day of the festival. Listeners registered for tickets months before the event and a number of lucky people won free tickets to  one day of the festival – priority was given to those who live in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs.

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By Louisa Plumstead

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