Watch highlights from Radio 1's Hackney Weekend

Sets from Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kasabian

Photographer:Mark Holloway

Chris Swindells - 25 June 2012




A special headline performance from the king of the hip-hop game finished with his throne sharing partner Kanye West making a special guest appearance. West wasn't the only pairing of the night as Rihanna and M.I.A. both make unmissable cameos from the outset.


The Leicester lads might be taking Reading and Leeds by the lapels this August but they couldn't resist a short, sweet and hit-infused set at the Hackney Weekend. No one else could set it off like these four. ahhh-aaahhhh.


The queen of scantly-clad pop and also, coincidentally, the face of coconut water, RiRi has them drinking from the palm of her hands. Both refreshing and full of vitality, like the water, the star was happy to run Hackney town for the finale of two days of live music in front of 100,000 people.

Jack White

The mystery man brimming with ideas might have ditched his former wife for solo stardom but he's never one to stand still for long. At Hackney it was a trip down memory lane as the 36-year-old took us on a journey through his White Stripes beginnings to The Raconteurs and finally his debut solo album 'Blunderbuss'.

Azealia Banks

Cool lists, 'ones to watch' polls and blog love might be a starting point on the map but young rap act Ms. Banks must be most proud of changing the conservative face of daytime radio with her first short play baby, '212'. Not just the one hit wonder either her debut album promises fireworks a plenty, you saw her here first.

Swedish House Mafia

Superstar DJs Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso make up the dance dream team of SHM, and they got the tent jumping as only they can. Their current tour, featuring spots at T In The Park and a huge Milton Keynes Bowl gig, will be their last, so you'd better make the most of it.

Florence & The Machine

A typically epic performance from Ms. Welch and her band, with 'Shake It Out' speeding up to give the Hackney crowd a bit of a workout. Flo's a bit of a veteran of the big Radio 1 events already, and she delivered the goods once again on Sunday evening.


Plan B

Local hero Plan B, aka Ben Drew, was heavily involved in the build-up to the Weekend, being one of the first acts announced and a leading light in the BBc's Hackney Academy initiative. The man has a lot going on, with his film 'Ill Manors' just out, and Hackney got a blast of its blistering soundtrack on Sunday, as well as the best of his breakthrough 'Strickland Banks' stuff.

Review our coverage live from BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend by clicking here.


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