More acts join star-studded line-up for Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012

This is a concert in the heart of East London, and we will use it as an opportunity to celebrate the young people of East London too.”Jason Carter, Event Director, Radio 1 2012
Date: 03.02.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
Category: Radio 1
Jessie J, Professor Green,, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Ed Sheeran, Dappy, Lana Del Rey, Chase & Status and many more are confirmed to join Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Leona Lewis and Florence & The Machine on the bill for Radio 1’s biggest ever free* event which will be held in East London this Summer.

There will be 100,000 tickets available for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 which will be staged across two days, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2012, in East London’s Hackney Marshes.

As the BBC's biggest ever free-ticketed live event and part of the London 2012 Festival, Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend will feature over 100 UK and international artists performing on six BBC stages including the Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1Xtra Arena, Dance Arena, In New Music We Trust Stage and the BBC Introducing Stage.

Listeners can start registering their interest to attend the event by registering their details and uploading a photo at 8.15am on Monday 6 February and 11pm on Monday 19 March.

Then, 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.

There are 100,000 tickets available across the weekend – 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.

Jason Carter, Event Director, Radio 1 2012 says: "This event will be a massive celebration in such a special year for us all. This is a concert in the heart of East London, and we will use it as an opportunity to celebrate the young people of East London too. It’s great that some of the area’s finest musical talents are already confirmed to play as well as some of the biggest UK and international artists. We expect the demand for tickets to be extremely high, and there will be more fantastic artists announced to the line-up in the coming weeks and months."

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

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney says: "Radio 1 is bringing the biggest event in their history to Hackney and we're playing our part to make it the best ever. The line-up is impressive and with much more to come, the Hackney Weekend will be at the top of the list for music fans this year.

"The BBC couldn't have made a better choice - the Hackney Marshes is a unique venue, there's a huge level of local enthusiasm and, with the Olympic Games in Hackney, we're better prepared than anyone to host the event.”

Radio 1's Chris Moyles announced the latest acts added to the line-up this morning on his breakfast show, where he was joined by East London artist Professor Green, who is confirmed to play at the weekend.

Professor Green says: "BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra come to Hackney! Hackney is home and the place where it all started for me so I can't wait to be a part of such an amazing event. Hackney is a great place, so events like this and the Olympics will help showcase the borough in a positive light. It's going to be an amazing weekend and I'm delighted to be a part of it."

Radio 1 will be embarking on a month of outreach activity in East London ahead of the main event. This activity includes the Radio 1 & 1Xtra Academy, opening on June 1st, which every young person in the area will be invited to attend and take part in workshops and sessions on a range of subjects including business, the arts, career development and media skills, including radio production and journalism.

Hackney born Radio 1 & 1Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson says: "It’s not just the main event that will have a lasting impact in Hackney and the area – but the exciting projects that we are doing beforehand – like the Academy. I’m proud to be an ambassador for this event and I can’t wait until June."

One of the six stages at the event will be the BBC Introducing stage, which will be a platform for brand new talent from the local area. Radio 1 will be announcing how aspiring new musicians from the area can get involved over the coming months.

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.

The full list of artists that have been announced so far

Andy C

Bombay Bicycle Club

Calvin Harris

Chase & Status


David Guetta



DJ Fresh

Ed Sheeran

Emeli Sande

Eric Prydz

Flux Pavilion & Doctor P

Florence & the Machine

Jack White

Jessie J


Lana Del Rey

Leona Lewis

Magnetic Man

Maverick Sabre

Michael Kiwanuka


Plan B

Professor Green

Rizzle Kicks

Sub Focus

Swedish House Mafia

Taio Cruz

The Maccabees

The Ting Tings

Tinie Tempah

Wretch 32

More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks – keep listening to BBC Radio 1 for more news.

Notes to Editors

* Tickets for the event are free but there will a small booking fee. More information is available here.

The event is in partnership with Hackney Council.

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, along 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.

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