DJ Trevor Nelson would have “chopped his hands off” for ticket to Radio 1 Hackney Weekend

Jesse J, Professor Green and Lana Del Rey were just some of the new acts announced last week for a live festival on Hackney Marshes this summer to rival Glastonbury.

Michael Kiwanuka,, and Tinie Tempah are just some of the other big acts confirmed to join Plan B, Leona Lewis and Florence and the Machine for the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012 bill.

The biggest ever free-ticketed event with 100,000 tickets up for grabs takes place on June 23 and 24, the same weekend Glastonbury – which is not taking place this year - is usually held.

“If I was 16 right now I’d be chopping my hands off for a ticket,” said Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson MBE, who is an ambassador for the event.

“I’m a Hackney boy at heart, and it’s massive, it’s simply for my money the most exciting event I’ve ever been involved in at the BBC,” said Trevor who was born in Hackney.

“It’s twice the size as anything we’ve ever done and it’s free.

“As a borough we’re so forgotten seeing as we’re in the heartland of London and with this and the Olympics I feel we’re playing catch up in one year - I can’t not be excited.

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“On a global scale and a musical scale we’re right up there, in recent years we’ve been producing big scale artists who are topping the charts, it gives them a chance for a homecoming and it gives international artists a chance to come here too.”

The weekend will feature over 100 UK and international artists performing on six BBC stages including the Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1Xtra Arena, Dance Arena, In New Music We Trust Stage and the BBC Introducing Stage.

Tickets are free, but there will be a fee of �2.50 per ticket to cover ticket handling and administration costs.

To register your details and upload a photo go to before 11pm Monday March 19.

For those registered, there will be two opportunities to apply for a ticket - 11am on Sunday March 25 and 4pm on Monday March 26, online or by phone.

Most tickets will be reserved for people from Hackney and the other five Olympic boroughs, with allocation on a first-come, first-served basis.