Radio 1 unveils free Olympic music festival in Hackney

BBC Radio 1 have announced that they will hold their annual free music festival in east London in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Leona Lewis and Plan B are among the artists confirmed for the two-day event at Hackney Marshes.

BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 will take place on 23 and 24 June with 100,000 tickets available.

Singer Leona Lewis, who grew up in Hackney, said she "couldn't be happier" about performing.

She added: "To be a part of this event is so important to me. Radio 1 are going to put on the biggest show in their history and it's happening in east London."

Find out more details about Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012

Olympic celebration
The event, more than double the capacity of previous Big Weekends, will feature six stages of music.

The majority of the tickets for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 are being allocated to people living in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs.

The announcement was made during a special simulcast broadcast by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra from the Olympic Park.

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