Jay-Z to headline Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012

Rap superstar joins Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and Tinie Tempah at massive free June gig

US hip-hop superstar Jay-Z is to headline Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 on Saturday 23 June, the station has confirmed. Another big name is still to be announced for the Sunday 24 June headlining slot.


Jay-Z joins a roster of acts already in place for the free gig in east London, including Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, Leona Lewis, Plan B, Professor Green, Flo Rida and will.i.am.

Other acts confirmed to appear across the Weekend’s six stages include Azealia Banks, Bombay Bicycle Club, Calvin Harris, Dappy, David Guetta, Emeli Sande, Jack White, Lana Del Rey, Maverick Sabre, Michael Kiwanuka, Rizzle Kicks, Taio Cruz, the Maccabees, the Ting Tings and Tinchy Stryder.

The event will also be broadcast on BBC3 and Radio 1 Xtra, as well as online and on-demand coverage.

The event’s director Jason Carter said: “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.”

Registration for the two-day concert, to be held at Hackney Marshes, has opened. To register interest in one of the 100,000 free tickets (there will be a £2.50 handling/administration fee), fans must upload a photo at bbc.co.uk/radio1 before 11pm on Monday 19 March.

Having registered, those wishing to attend must then apply for a ticket – either at 11am on Sunday 25 March or 4pm on Monday 26 March, online or by phone. Most tickets will be reserved for people from Hackney and the other five Olympic boroughs, with allocation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only those aged 16 or over by 23 June can register themselves. Younger fans must be registered by someone who is 18 or over and who has already registered.


Last year, over 800,000 people applied for tickets to the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Carlisle.