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Radio 1's Hackney Weekend: Day One
24 June 2012
Last updated at 14:01
Check out pictures of Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z, Kasabian and will.i.am playing on Hackney Marshes.
About 50,000 fans poured into Hackney Marshes in east London for the first day of Radio 1's Hackney Weekend. Jay-Z was the headline act on the main stage and played hits including Girls, Girls, Girls, Dirt Off Your Shoulder and 99 Problems.
Jay-Z was also joined by Rihanna for his opening number, Run This Town. Rihanna will headline the main stage herself on Sunday. There are more images from Jay-Z's set on the BBC's Hackney Weekend 2012 website.
Rizzle Kicks got the crowd going early the day with an energetic set. Rapper Jordan's mum joined the band onstage for a brief dance during Mama Do The Hump.
Ed Sheeran played a solo acoustic set - and managed to break two strings on his guitar during his first song. His hit single A-Team was one of the biggest sing-along moments of the first day.
Earlier in the day, local girl Leona Lewis opened the main stage - playing a cover of Diddy Dirty Money's Comin' Home as her first track. She later performed Run with members of the Hackney Empire Community Choir.
Rita Ora played the first number one of the day - launching into RIP shortly after 2pm. She later watched Jay-Z, who signed her to his record label last year, from the wings of the main stage.
Nicki Minaj was one of the most anticipated performers of the day, playing singles including Beez In The Trap and Starships. A much-rumoured cameo during Jay-Z's set failed to materialise, however.
"I know The Voice is over, but I still believe in my team," said will.i.am as he brought Tyler James on stage.
Earlier, will.i.am told Radio 1 it felt "a little sad" to be performing without The Black Eyed Peas but stressed the band had not split up. He said: "I'm just taking advantage of a little pause."
Example played the main stage as afternoon turned into evening. He said he had drunk "three glasses of wine" before his performance, in celebration of his 30th birthday earlier in the week. He later joined Calvin Harris in the dance tent.
"Hackney. Radio 1. It's been emotional, it really has," said Tom Meighan of Kasabian as the band launched into their final number, Fire. Earlier, the band had explained this was the first time in their career they had played a set entirely comprising singles.
Jack White played the In New Music We Trust stage. "I recorded an album in Hackney years ago," he told the audience, "so it's great to be back." There are more pictures of all the artists playing across the weekend on the BBC's Hackney 2012 website.
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