Hackney Weekend 2012

 A concert to remember!

Last weekend Hackney had a reason to party!  The concert was a continuous celebration for the launch of Hackney Academy. Hackney Academy is established on Mare Street, its sponsored and owned by the best radio stations in Britain. Those are: BBC Radio 1 and 1Extra. Both radio stations has developed a bond to build the academy for young musicians whose keen to learn and develop their skills in music. The cause of the concert was also to celebrate the countdown of the Olympics, which is suited in the heart of East London.

The free special concert featured spectacular performances from UK artists who were either born and bred in Hackney or London. The artists who shone on stage and has an effect on urban British culture  are Lethal Bizzle, Boy Better Know, Kano, Sway, Professor Green, Plan B, Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Lab and Dappy. British urban artists have changed society creating controversial and street sounds; to express life. Most of the music preformed at the event, are communicated and written in slang, which is normally heard in grime or urban dance. Lethal Bizzle preformed his latest single ‘Leave It Yeah’, Boy Better Know sung their smash hit ‘ Two Many Men’ to work the audience. Both performances were broadcasted live on BBC I Extra on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, for those who were not able to purchase a free ticket. The concert sounded fab on the radio, as well as on the television!  Judging by Twitter people agreed on that!

Apart from the Uk artists doing their thing, BBC Radio 1 brought in US Urban Flava to Hackney! Jay Z and Rihanna came down to Hackney Marches to define the definition of US R&B and HIP – POP. Roc Nation headlined the event in style.

The king of Roc Nation introduced his old classics such as ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’. Before performing this hit, Jay z sneaked in a little wonder of love for Beyonce. He sung ‘03 Bonnie and Clyde’ to make her feel noticed, this symbolically showed the love in his life. Fans and BBC Radio 1 caught her raving at the front of the crowd. Jay Z sprung new material from his latest albums, ‘Blueprint 3’ and ‘Watch The Throne’, which let loose the crowd causing them to go wild and crazy. The rapper held a number of surprises. He clicked with Kanye West to perform ‘Paris’ other hits were also exclusively showcased well on stage. All his latest hits were represented with the American flag, he stated “America, Brooklyn”. Alongside this, Jay Z preformed ‘Empire State Of Mind’. Jay also presented MIA on stage, she preformed ‘Paper planes’ and ‘Bad Girls’ which went down quite well. However it was claimed by Radio 1, that she had problems with her mic while performing. She sung for the Grammys before, according to this she’s a professional performer. The audience didn’t noticed nothing, and had a great Saturday night.

On Sunday night, Caribbean queen Rihanna shut down the party. Despite, the havoc between Chris Brown and Drake she brought her sassiness to London. Rihanna partied with the crowd welcoming them to sing along to hits ‘Umbrella’, and ‘Only Girl In The World’. She also preformed new tunes from her album titled ‘Talk That Talk’. The singer gave a brilliant performance with Jay Z, they both sung ‘Talk That Talk’ then she stated to the crowd “This is going down in history”. She also sung a unreleased track called ‘Cockiness’, plus preformed chart toppers ‘We Found Love’ and ‘Were Have You Been’. Towards the end of her performances, she yelled “I don’t want to leave, London thank you so much”. The main stage enclosed with sparking fireworks in Hackney that night.


Words by: Vanessa Felix

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