Radio 1's Hackney Weekend: Review

Radio 1's Big Weekend is famous for its unlikely settings (previous venues include Sunderland, Wiltshire and last year's Carlisle), so this year's decision to hold the free event in Hackney in support of the Olympics was somewhat of an expected anomaly. Previous headliners include Lady GaGa, The Foo Fighters and Madonna, but this year's lineup promised to deliver a higher grade of artists throughout. Early comers who beat the two-mile tailback were treated to local resident and festival ambassador Leona Lewis, who opened proceedings on Saturday's main stage with a rendition of Diddy Dirty Money's 'Coming Home'. She sounded re-energized and apparently hungry to release new material as she debuted 'Come Alive' from her upcoming album. Rock was catered for almost solely by Kasabian, who struggled to compete against the urban-pop (more)
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