BBC's Radio 1's Hackney Weekend event was a huge outdoor festival that took place this summer to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games. The event took place on London's Hackney Marshes on June 23–24 and held up to 100,000 people. Rihanna headlined the event's second night (June 24), with Jay-Z closing the show on the event's opening night (June 23). Nicki Minaj played under Jay-Z and Kasabian on the Main Stage on the event's first day, joining the likes of Example, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Leona Lewis and Flo Rida in appearing on the bill. It acted as the station's annual One Big Weekend festival. The majority of the tickets for the event, which was all free, was given to residents of Hackney and the surrounding London boroughs.
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