Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Gemma Cairney to present BBC Three's coverage of Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend
Radio 1 DJ’s Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Gemma Cairney will present the television coverage for Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend on BBC Three.
Broadcast live from Hackney Marshes on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June the DJs kick off the BBC's TV festival coverage for 2012 with one of Radio 1’s biggest ever music events, which features more than 100 UK and international artists, bands and DJs.
Coverage starts from 7pm on each day and will feature - live and in full - headline performances from Jaz-Z on Saturday and Rihanna on Sunday. There will also be highlights from the other superstar acts performing on the many stages across the weekend.
Fearne Cotton and Greg James will be based in the famous BBC Three Tree House studio and Gemma Cairney will be out in the fields getting to know the festival-goers.
Fearne and Greg will also be presenting BBC Three coverage of the Reading and Leeds Festival in August 2012. Details of the programming will be announced in the coming weeks.
Greg will also be presenting coverage at T in The Park with fellow Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman from Balado in Scotland. They will be joined by Gemma Cairney and together they will be bringing viewers the very best music and highlights from the Festival in Kinross this July. BBC Scotland will produce the coverage of T in The Park.
As well as BBC Three coverage, Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, with a major interactive presence and many of the live performances made available online to watch on demand and on the BBC Red Button.
Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says: "BBC Three is proud to be coming live from Reading and T in the Park again this year, and particularly to open the festival season in style with Radio 1's biggest ever weekend from Hackney. If you can't get a ticket or you just like your home comforts, Fearne, Greg, Gemma and Edith will transport the live music to your living room."
Greg James says: “It's going to be a great summer of festivals this year and I can't wait to be presenting it all for BBC Three. Not only am I going to be at three of my favourite festivals - Reading and Leeds and T in The Park - to be hosting Radio 1's biggest event of all time, Radio 1's Hackney Weekend, will be incredible. I can't wait. I just want to become mates with Jay-Z!”
Gemma Cairney says: "I live in Hackney, I love Hackney and now we're holding the biggest party in the marshes where I often take long Sunday strolls. Sooooo excited to be presenting the TV coverage for BBC Three!”