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24 June 2012

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend rocks the Marshes

KNOWN for the muddy dramas of amateur football, Hackney Marshes became a music aficionado’s playground on 23 and 24 June as huge acts gave the performance of their lives at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend.

Appearing on Saturday’s main stage, Ed Sheeran said: “This is the biggest gig I’ve ever done.”

House DJ and producer Deadmau5 started the dance arena party and received raucous cheers when he removed his trademark oversized mouse mask.

Londoner Rita Ora was an early draw in the In New Music We Trust tent, where chart-topping Hackney quartet Rudimental also entertained with their brand of dubstep and liquid drum and bass.

Dappy summed the event up well, when he opened the 1Xtra tent, saying: “No one cares what was made in Chelsea – the only way is Hackney.” He was followed by a pitch perfect set from Emeli Sandé.

Hit producers Swedish House Mafia announced their imminent split after closing the dance arena, so crowds enjoyed one of their last ever sets, while Jack White did a fantastic gig, ending with The White Stripes hit ‘Seven Nation Army’.

On Sunday, Professor Green, Jessie J, Florence + The Machine and Hackney Weekend Ambassador Plan B enjoyed a warm welcome on the main stage. Tinie Tempah, who grew up near Hackney Marshes, showed his love for all things East London during his set.

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s controller, Ben Cooper, concluded: “Hackney is the perfect fit for us – with a vibrant music scene and large young population, many of whom can often be overlooked and disengaged, so exactly the people that we wanted to reach and inspire.”

Headliner Jay-Z and surprise guest Rihanna wow the crowd on day one

Headliner Jay-Z and surprise guest Rihanna wow the crowd on day one

Headliner Jay-Z and surprise guest Rihanna wow the crowd on day one Residents enjoy the array of global talent across the stages at Hackney Marshes Hackney hit maker Labrinth got a warm welcome at the festival Hackney drum and bass group Rudimental play  the In New Music We Trust stage

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