BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend: Travel Guide

Get there early if you want to see the first acts

Photographer:Shirlaine Forrest

Chris Eustace - 21 June 2012

Doors open at 10:30am on both days of the festival, which takes place on 23-24 June on London’s Hackney Marshes, and while the first acts won’t take to the stage until 1pm, extensive security checks mean that there are likely to be long queuing times.

Ticket-holders when they arrive will have to go through ticket checks, bag searches and metal detectors. The event will be enclosed by two security barriers - one of which is a 12-foot tall steel 'super-fence' borrowed from Glastonbury (which is not on this year) and then 1,200 security workers will also be working on site to ensure a safe and secure event.

Leona Lewis, Deadmau5, Jessie Ware and Dappy will be the earliest acts on Saturday, while Professor Green, Labrinth, Bombay Bicycle Club and Zane Lowe will be the openers on Sunday on various stages.

In an email sent this morning to ticketholders, Radio 1 recommended arriving at the gates at least 2 hours in advice if you want to see these acts.

On Saturday (23 June) the event will finish by 11pm and on Sunday (24 June) by 10:15pm at the latest.

With no designated car parking at the event site, here are the best travel options to get to and from the festival:


Stratford is the best London Underground station to use, and tubes will stop running from there at the following times:

Saturday - Central line westbound (00.12), Central line eastbound (00.49),
Jubilee line (00.11).

Sunday - Central line westbound (23.29), Central line eastbound (00.01),
Jubilee line (23.37).

Overground/Shuttle Bus

The nearest train stations are Homerton and Hackney Wick on the London Overground, with both stations are around the same distance from the site. The line will be running a special late service in both directions. Connections to the London Underground can be made at Stratford (Central and Jubilee) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria line).

There is a free event shuttle bus provided and from the event site from Stratford Regional Station. At Stratford Regional Station you can make train, London Underground and bus connections. The shuttle service will run from Stand M located just outside of the station on Great Eastern Road, terminating at the Northern Spectator Transport Mall (NSTM), which is right next to the event site.

Shuttle buses will run frequently between 9.30am until the end of the event.


There will be a taxi rank located in the Northern Spectator Transport mall located next to the event site on Ruckholt Road. If you pre book a licensed minicab, you can also get them to pick you up here.


It’s recommended that you walk to and from the festival site if you live within 45 minutes walk of it, as lengthy queues are expected at the transport hubs.

There will be secure parking for cycles located on Mabley Green on Lee Conservancy Road, adjacent to Hackney Marshes.

Drop off/Pick up point

The Asda Leyton Mills Superstore car park, Marshall Road, Leyton, E10 5NH will be being used as a drop and pick-up point if you’re travelling by car. This is a short walk to and from the event site and the route will be stewarded.

The Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012 takes place on 23-24 June on the Hackney Marshes, East London, with Jay-Z headlining alongside Rihanna.

Click here for the full Radio One Hackney Weekend line-up.

Tickets were free and available via a registration system. The booking period for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend has now closed. The final few tickets are up for grabs via competitions on Radio 1 this week.

Click here to listen to the VF Radio 1's Hackney Weekend Spotify Playlist.

Click here for the VF Weather Watch for this weekend's festivals, including the Hackney Weekend.


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