Olympic Stadium set to shine as backdrop to Hackney Weekend

It has been confirmed that the Olympic Stadium will be fully lit during the Hackney Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. The spectacular setting adds to the excitment as star performers and 100,000 fans make final preparations.

Songstress Nicki Minaj is all set to sparkle on Saturday's main stage. The Trinidadian rapper and singer, described by Radio 1 as a 'multi-coloured multifaceted enchantress', is a new addition to the bill of the BBC's record breaking weekender and Hackney's biggest ever event.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, said:

"After months of anticipation the stage is now set and the Hackney 2012 Weekend is primed and ready to open the London 2012 Festival, a great achievement and credit goes to all those involved.

"Alongside the 100 top acts set to perform over the weekend will be new local talent from the Academy, a collaboration between local music organisations, the Council and the BBC, that connects young people from Hackney with a fantastic opportunity to perform at one of the summer's top events."

Doors to the event open at 10:30am on both days, with entertainment starting at 1pm. Due to the security measures in place event-goers are being asked to get there early and be prepared for the security search procedure. The show will finish at 11pm on Saturday and at 10.30pm on Sunday.

The Council and BBC have worked closely with Transport for London to put together a detailed transport plan for the event. The Hackney Weekend is a car free event and there will be no parking within walking distance of the site. Cycling, walking and use of public transport is being encouraged.

All ticket holders are strongly advised to research their travel to and from the event thoroughly and not to aim for last trains as getting away from the event site may take longer than usual.

Ticket holders are also advised to use Journey Planner on to to plan their journeys to and from London terminals and within the Greater London area. Further transport advice is available here -

Full details about how to get to the site on foot, by bike and using public transport has been sent to everyone with their tickets. There is no point in people who don't have tickets attending the event because they will not get access to the Marshes.