Plan B, Florence And The Machine and Dizzee Rascal had earlier performed stellar sets on the weekender's closing day
who had previously joined the ’99 Problems’ rapper onstage during his headline slot on Saturday (June 23) night, returned the favour during a set that saw both Beyonce and Florence Welch watching on from the side of the stage.
Ri-Ri’s set featured cuts from across her career with ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, ‘Rude Boy’, ‘S&M’ and ‘What’s My Name’ all aired. Speaking during the set, the singer joked to the 50,000 strong crowd: “Hackney, you’re crazier than they told me!”
In fact, the only difficulty of the singer’s 50-minute set was solved when she asked a lucky fan to help her reattach her mic pack to her bra.
Earlier in the day, Hackney-born singer Professor Green and Forest Gate’s Plan B had both played well-received sets, with the rapper turned director showcasing songs from his smash hit album ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ and his new soundtrack ‘iLL Manors’. The set, which saw Plan B change from his trademark suit into a more low-key outfit, also saw him bust out dubstep styled covers of Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’ and ‘Stand By Me with beatboxer Faith SFX.
Tinie Tempah, who debuted a swathe of new material produced by Calvin Harris, also took the chance to praise Radio 1 for coming to his local area and seemed thrilled to have played the festival. “Hackney! I’m still Gassed!!! he tweeted following his performance “You were all amazing .. thank you so much”, he wrote.
Tottenham MC Wretch 32 meanwhile brought pyrotechnics into his newly rock-styled set, which also drew a massive crowd.
Later in the day, Florence And The Machine performed a well-attended set, which was split between her new LP ‘Ceremonials’ and debut album ‘Lungs’. Singer Florence Welch, sporting a lace dress, welcomed the best weather of the festival and celebrated with euphoric versions of ‘Shake It Out’, ‘Dog Days Are Over’, ‘You Got The Love’ and ‘No Light No Light’.
While rumours had been spreading across the weekend that One Direction, Drake or Kanye West were all playing the ‘Special Guest’ slot, it actually turned out to be rapper Dizzee Rascal who took to the stage before the headliner. Showing support for the England football team by wearing the kit and tweeting #Kissthebadge, he recalled his early days as a local MC before playing tracks from ‘Boy In Da Corner’ and as well as recent hits ‘Dirtee Disco’ and ‘Bonkers’.
Elsewhere, other US artists found big crowds, with Azealia Banks in particular proving a big draw. Despite the strict laws on swearing on air, the singer’s #KUNTBRIGADE fanbase flaunted them with a huge version of ‘212’ and a selection of tracks from her ‘1991’ EP and forthcoming mix tape ‘Fantasy’.
“The #KUNTBRIGADE was in FULL EFFECT today @BBCR1’s Hackney Weekend !!! Thank you guys so much!!!” she later tweeted.
To read a full report on Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands from Wednesday (June 27) or available digitally.
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