BBC Radio 1’s rebranded Big Weekend, the Hackney Weekend event has today announced hip hop legend Jay-Z as the first headliner for the event taking place on Hackney Marshes 23rd and 24th June.

Joining the likes of Florence and the Machine, Will.I.Am and Jack White, Jay-Z will top the Saturdays billing and with the Rock-a-fella CEO’s five night stretch ‘Watch The Throne’ show with one time protégé Kanye West at the O2 Arena, London struggling to sell out, the BBC may see a boost in ballot applications with fans hoping to get a chance to see the rapper for free in the capital.

Head over to Radio 1’s official website, with a Glastonbury type mugshot of yourself, to apply for tickets and for more information on the weekends events.