Queuing in the rain: crowds leaving Hackney Weekend remain upbeat

Music fans faced long queues in the rain leaving BBC Radio1 and 1Xtra’s Hackney Weekend on Saturday but they didn’t let drizzle get them down.

@SinGardens tweeted: “massive queues but great vibe” whilst @Bondgirlie007 said: “queues ok but buses are few and far between! It was AWESOME though”.

@TexPat78 added: “Great work from Hackney officers”.

But @GoodNewsHackney warned of “absolute pandemonium” at Homerton Overground station.

There was a strong police presence on the routes from Hackney Marshes to Homerton Overground station and the bus links to Stratford, including police dogs and horses.


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Signs on the Marshes warned spectators to walk home if they lived within 40 minutes as it would be quicker.

Around 50,000 people attended Saturday’s festival and the same number is expected on Sunday. Doors open at 10.30am and music begins at 1pm but festival goers should arrive in plenty of time following mile-lone queues to the entrance on Saturday.

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