100,000 tickets will be available for the event, described by Radio 1 as 'the most ambitious event in the station's 44-year history'. The majority of these tickets will be allocated to people living in Hackney – a Host Borough for the 2012 Games – and the surrounding areas.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad, said: ‘We’re delighted that Radio 1's Hackney Weekend is part of the London 2012 Festival line-up. It is a perfect fit with our ambitions for the Festival to appeal to young people, to showcase world class talent and to work with our partners in Hackney.’
World and European Triple Jump Champion Phillips Idowu, who was born in Hackney, is among the ambassadors Radio 1 has secured to be involved in the programme of outreach activity ahead of the event.
Ticket application details for the event will be announced in the coming months.