Radio 1’S Hackney Weekend 2012 – Sunday Highlights
Rihanna shut down Radio 1's Hackney Weekender yesterday with a crowd of around 50,000 dancing and singing along with the star as she performed in front of a giant sphinx on the Hackney Marshes. "Hackney, you're crazier than they told me!" the 24-year-old shouted to her ‘Rihanna Navi’ before shrieking "I don't want to leave!" as she was ushered off the stage...
The singer performed all of her recent hits as well as her classics, before bringing out her mentor Jay-Z to perform 'Run This Town', 'Talk That Talk' and a memorable performance of 'Umbrella' which saw her fans holding their umbrellas high up in the air!
She closed the set an hour later with her global number one hit 'We Found Love’.
Earlier in the day, Florence and the Machine performed on the main stage, followed by Dizzee Rascal - a surprise addition to the line-up! The east-London bred rapper paid homage to his "east-London crew" during his performance.
Other local boys who performed included Tinie Tempah and Plan B. Tinie treated the fans to a new untitled song which was produced by fellow Londoner, Calvin Harris. Plan B's set was battling a torrential rain storm, however it didn't stop the crowd who loved the 'iLL Manors' directors set.
Other acts who attracted large crowds included US hip-hop artist Azealia Banks, dance duo Chase and Status and singer-songwriter Ben Howard.
Jessie J also performed on the main stage, attracting a huge following. Jessie was making most of the performing at a festival freely, as last year she was doing the festival circuit with her leg in a cast!
She was joined on stage by US rapper B.o.B for their hit single 'Price Tag', where she told the crowd "this is only the second time we've performed it together."
Lana Del Rey performed at the 'In New Music We Trust' tent and was backed by a string quartet for her set. The crowd were receptive to the singer, who has been criticized for struggling to live up to expectations when performing live. Nevertheless she had no problems performing in front of the London crowd!
The weekender in itself has been memorable; relatively trouble-free and an event which brings people from all different backgrounds into an arena where everyone has one thing in common - the appreciation of good music.
Words: Kristian Galea (@Krissoappalled)