Jay-Z to headline BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend

Rapper will headline the event's opening night (June 23)

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Jay-Z will headline BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend event: a huge outdoor festival set to take place this summer to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games.

The event will take place on London's Hackney Marshes on June 23–24 and will hold up to 100,000 people. The '99 Problems' rapper will headline the event's opening day (June 23), with a second headliner set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The majority of the tickets for the event, which will all be free, will be given to residents of Hackney and the surrounding London boroughs.

Among the other acts confirmed to play the event are Florence And The Machine, Plan B, Lana Del Rey and Jack White.

BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend will act as the station's annual One Big Weekend festival. Last year's event was held in Carlisle.

The line-up for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend so far is as follows:

Andy C
Bombay Bicycle Club
Calvin Harris
Chase & Status
Dappy
David Guetta
D'banj
Deadmau5
DJ Fresh
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sandé
Eric Prydz
Florence + The Machine
Flux Pavilion and Doctor P
Jack White
Jay-Z
Jessie J
Labrinth
Lana Del Rey
Leona Lewis
Magnetic Man
Maverick Sabre
Michael Kiwanuka
Nero
Plan B
Professor Green
Rizzle Kicks
Sub Focus
Swedish House Mafia
Taio Cruz
The Maccabees
The Ting Tings
Tinie Tempah
Will.i.am
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