Nas added to BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend bill

Rapper will headline the 1Xtra stage at the June event

Nas has been added to the line-up for 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. Rihanna will headline the event’s second night (June 24), with Jay-Z closing the show on the event’s opening night (June 23).

Nas will headline the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage at the event on the Sunday (June 24). He joins the likes of Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Enter Shikari and Plan B in appearing on that day, with one ‘Special Guest’ still left to be confirmed.

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

Nas is currently working on his 10th studio album ‘Life Is Good’, which is due for release in July. Members of Odd Future are confirmed to guest on the album, as is the late rapper Heavy D.

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

Andy C
Azealia Banks
Ben Howard
Bombay Bicycle Club
Calvin Harris
Chase & Status
David Guetta
DJ Fresh
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sandé
Enter Shikari
Eric Prydz
Florence + The Machine
Flux Pavilion and Doctor P
Jack White
Jessie J
Lana Del Rey
Leona Lewis
Lethal B
Magnetic Man
Maverick Sabre
Michael Kiwanuka
Mindless Behaviour
Plan B
Professor Green
Rita Ora
Rizzle Kicks
Sean Paul
Sub Focus
Swedish House Mafia
Taio Cruz
The Maccabees
The Ting Tings
Tinie Tempah
Wretch 32

A number of other acts at Radio 1’s Big Weeked are playing at T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.