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10 THINGS WE LEARNED AT RADIO 1'S HACKNEY WEEKENDER By Nick Stevenson

25 June 2012
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10 THINGS WE LEARNED AT RADIO 1'S HACKNEY WEEKENDER

1) Hackney’s the epicentre of Britain’s urban-pop explosion
Although the main reason for Radio 1 staging a giant pop concert in Hackney is the imminent Olympics, it didn’t hurt that half the bill seemed to exclusively emanate from the borough. Leona Lewis, Professor Green and Labrinth are all from the area while Plan B and special guest, Dizzee Rascal are both from neighbouring boroughs.

2) It may have been the last time you saw Swedish House Mafia
Just ahead of their set at the event on Saturday, the Swedes took to their website to announce that their current tour will be their last. “We came, we raved, we loved”, they said. That makes Hackney their penultimate UK performance.

3) Promo giveaways won't always win over crowds
On Saturday the field was flooded with free, foam 'Sean Paul' signs. Then some bright spark realised you could do this to it...

sean-paul

4) Jay Z’s full of surprises
Four years ago, Jay Z surprised the Glastonbury crowd by taking to the stage to a rendition of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ and not bringing on rumoured surprise guests like Beyonce or Chris Martin. This weekend he pulled the opposite number by beginning the show with a guest appearance from Rihanna, bringing on M.I.A halfway through and ending with arguably the greatest surprise of all; half the Watch The Throne album with cohort Kanye West. He then popped up again on the Sunday when he wasn't even on the bill, to join Rihanna.

5) No one really cared about Nicki Minaj
She may hold both titles for being number one controversial pop rapper right now and the biggest arse in music, but no one in Hackney seemed that bothered. Her first show on UK soil was met with a dwindling crowd and collective shrug of the shoulders.

6) Dance still dominates
Despite the urban flavour to the promotion and the headline slots, it was the dance tent that saw the consistently biggest crowds with huge sets and shows from the likes of Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Calvin Harris, Chase and Status and Andy C.

7) Nero are filthy...

nero

8) The marshes can get pretty wet
The rainy weather caused Plan B to stack it on stage. Will.i.am also nearly went arse.over.tit when clambering back on stage after jumping into the pap pit.

9) Your tweets can come back to haunt you
Things got a bit stormy between Example and Alexandra Burke’s mum too. She gave him a right telling off backstage for taking the mic out of the X Factor winner on Twitter last year.

10) Radio 1 know how to put on a show
Well policed, seamless ticketing, diverse line-up and great coverage. Half the crowd might not pay their license fee but as an advert for the Beeb they certainly won a few thousand fans this weekend. Thanks and hats off to all involved in making this weekend happen.

TAGS: FESTIVAL / HACKNEY / HACKNEY WEEKENDER / JAY Z / RADIO 1 / RIHANNA / SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

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