2012 Music Festival on Hackney Marshes
From The Evening Standard
East End stars top BBC’s bumper Olympic festivalLouise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent23 May 2011
The BBC is to hold its biggest free music festival yet to celebrate the Olympic Games with East End stars Leona Lewis and Plan B taking centre stage.
Another 80 international and British artists bands and DJs will take part in the concert for 100000 people being held in Hackney Marshes next year.
The majority of the free tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 will go to people living in east London.
With six stages and full television coverage on BBC?3 Radio 1 boss Andy Parfitt said it was the most ambitious event in the station’s 44-year history. “We aim to enhance the overall London 2012 summer with an exciting and celebratory event aimed specifically at the thousands of young people who live in the boroughs directly surrounding the Olympic Park.
It promises to be a very special weekend” he said. The event will take place during the opening weekend of the London 2012 Festival – the culmination of a four-year arts programme known as the Cultural Olympiad. Part of London’s bid to host the Olympics it starts a month before the Games.
Ticket application details will be announced in the coming months. See www.bbc.co.uk/radio1″