Jay-Z
Date: 09.03.2012Last updated: 09.03.2012 at 09.22

Category: Radio 1; Radio 1Xtra

American hip-hop superstar Jay-Z will be headlining Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 on Saturday 23 June. In the coming weeks, another international superstar will be announced to headline the event on Sunday 24 June.

Announced this morning on the Chris Moyles Show, Jay-Z is set to perform alongside a stellar line-up of acts already announced including Tine Tempah, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Florence + the Machine, Professor Green, Leona Lewis, DJ Fresh, Plan B, Flo Rida and Will.i.am.

BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 will be staged across two days, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2012, in East London’s Hackney Marshes. An incredible 100,000 free* tickets are available across the weekend which is part of the London 2012 Festival and will feature over 100 UK and international artists performing on six BBC stages including the Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1Xtra Stage, Dance Stage, In New Music We Trust Stage and the BBC Introducing Stage.

Tickets are free, but there will be a small fee of £2.50 per ticket to cover ticket handling and administration costs. Last year over 800,000 people applied for them at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle and demand is expected to be massive again this year.

Radio 1 listeners must register their interest to attend and upload a photo at bbc.co.uk/radio1. Registration is now open and closes at 11pm on Monday 19 March.

For those that have registered there will be two opportunities to apply for a ticket - 11am on Sunday 25 March and 4pm on Monday 26 March, online or by phone. The majority of tickets will be reserved for those from Hackney and the other five Olympic boroughs, with allocation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other acts confirmed for the live event include:

Andy C, Azealia Banks, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy Better Know Feat Skepta & JME, Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, Chip, Dappy, David Guetta, D'banj, Deadmau5, Devlin, DJ Fresh, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Eric Prydz, Flo Rida, Flux Pavilion & Doctor P, Florence & the Machine , Jack White, Jay-Z, Jessie J, Labrinth, Lana Del Rey, Leona Lewis, Magnetic Man, Maverick Sabre, Michael Kiwanuka, Mindless Behaviour, Nero, Plan B, Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks, Sean Paul, Sub Focus, Swedish House Mafia, Taio Cruz, The Maccabees, The Ting Tings, Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah, Will.i.am and Wretch 32.

Jason Carter, Event Director for Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend says: "Our goal was to deliver the most ambitious and exciting event in Radio 1's history and with the artists already announced I think we’ve achieved that, but to now add the world’s biggest hip hop icon, Jay-Z to the line-up, is fantastic news!"

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney says: "The Hackney Weekend is shaping up to be the outdoor music event of the year and with Jay-Z now confirmed, demand for tickets will be even greater. There's still time to register to be part of the borough's biggest ever event. "

BBC Three has been confirmed as Radio 1's television partner and will be the only channel where viewers can see the whole event. BBC Three will also produce an exciting range of additional programming in the run up to the weekend, details of which will be announced in the coming months. A truly multiplatform experience, the event will be broadcast on Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra with a major interactive presence online and many live performances able to watch on demand.

There are some huge names to be added to the line-up in the coming weeks - keep listening to Radio 1 and 1Xtra for details.

This special event is being produced in partnership with Hackney Council.

Radio 1 will also be embarking on a month of outreach activity in East London ahead of the main event, including the Radio 1 & 1Xtra Academy that opens on June 1st, keep listening to Radio 1 and 1Xtra to find out how to get tickets to the Academy.

Notes to Editors

* Tickets for the event are free but there will a small booking fee. To read about this fee please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/hackneyweekend/2012/tickets/faqs/

The event goes to a different area in the UK each year and Radio 1 will again give priority to applicants in the region. Tickets will be allocated randomly, but weighted in favour of those living in Hackney and the other five Olympic boroughs with a smaller amount distributed throughout the rest of the UK.

Radio 1 has secured four first class ambassadors to champion the event and be involved in the programme of outreach activity in the build up to BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012. The ambassadors are one of the UK’s most successful musical exports: Leona Lewis, who grew up in Hackney, Radio 1/1Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson MBE and World and European Triple Jump Champion Phillips Idowu, who were both born in Hackney, together with East London’s award winning artist and actor Plan B.

As host nation broadcaster for London 2012 the BBC is broadcasting a wide range of Olympic programming in 2012 including the London 2012 Festival, the Olympic Torch Relay and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The BBC will have extensive coverage of the Games from 27 July to 12 August on television, radio, online and mobile, including live action of every sport from every venue where it’s happening throughout every day on bbc.co.uk/sport

TM/CS3/JL

Our goal was to deliver the most ambitious and exciting event in Radio 1's history...to now add the world’s biggest hip hop icon, Jay-Z to the line-up, is fantastic news."

Jason Carter, Event Director for Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend

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