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Radio 1's Hackney Weekend: Fans get ready for Rihanna
24 June 2012
Last updated at 16:57
Fans attend the second day of Radio 1's Hackney Weekend festival.
Fifty thousand people are in London's Hackney Marshes for the second day of Radio 1's Hackney Weekend. Linda Trubshaw, Claire Doran, Zoe Day, Hannah Day, Georgie Hodson, Alys Morgan, Chris Bonney, and Imogen Mercer made their own version of the "Hackney" word sculpture.
Among the first arrivals were students Leanne Jackman, Sophie Welby, Jade Hubbard and Koren Hubbard, who had come to east London from Devon. Sophie said they were "well up for it" - with Rihanna the act they were most looking forward to seeing.
Seven-year-old Shanice made her way to the main stage as soon as she arrived. Her mum, Michelle, said she would be carrying Shanice on her shoulders during her favourite acts - Rihanna and Jessie J.
Thousands of fans watched dance acts Flux Pavilion and Doctor P who played in the Dance Arena during the afternoon.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe checks the weather ahead of his performance in the Dance Arena. Forecasters had predicted heavy showers which materialised but quickly cleared around lunchtime.
Hackney-born rapper Professor Green was the first act on the main stage at lunchtime. He opened his set with his single Jungle which makes reference to the local area.
Professor Green was interviewed by Radio 1's Gemma Cairney after coming off stage. He later said: "The crowd were up for it, they made it easy for me. The heavens threatened to opened - they did for a second."
Jessie J was a popular choice for younger members of the audience. The Essex singer wore striking black-and-white leggings, and performed tracks including Domino and Price Tag.
The festival is the biggest event in Radio 1's 44-year history. The Dance Arena proved one of the most popular of the six stages on Hackney Marshes.
More than 100 performers are playing over the two days of the event. Hackney musician Labrinth came off stage and told Newsbeat's Steve Holden: "It's exhilarating for me because I'm in my home town."
Charlie Brace, 20, from Hackney took refuge from the rain and had her face painted at one of the site's many stalls. "I just wanted something colourful," she said.
American musician Lana Del Rey played the In New Music We Trust stage. Afterwards she revealed that she's a big fan of UK singer Cheryl Cole. "She's amazing," she said. "She's one of Britain's angels and I love her and she knows that."
Fans enjoyed a surprise unannounced set from east London rapper Dizzee Rascal on the main stage as the weather cleared to blue skies. He played hits including Bonkers, The Power, and Holiday.
Dizzee's set coincided with the start of England's Euro 2012 tie against Italy. Wearing the side's strip, Dizzee prayed for an England victory. "If they don't win it's going to be mad," he said. "I've got the shirt. I didn't have time to put 'Rascal' on the back though." England went on to lose the game on penalties.
Rihanna headlined the weekend with a set including hits Umbrella and Run This Town in which rapper Jay Z also appeared. Fans Zara Clark, 28, and Matt Glass, 27 described her as "amazing, amazing". Matt said: "She's gorgeous, we love it."
Rihanna's stage show was based around an ancient Egyptian theme, with a pyramid of lights and a glowing Sphynx on stage. As the show came to an end a fireworks display illuminated the sky above the main stage. (All photos by Tom Bateman)
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