Discover the UK's biggest free ticketed music event - this year on a massive scale to celebrate 2012. BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend is super sizing this year. The festival always attracts big UK and worldwide artists, so if you want to see the new names who'll dominate the next 12 months this is the place to be. There will be live music across six stages and you will be able to keep up to date with all the weekend's festivities on Radio 1, BBC Three on TV, on the Red Button and live here on the Hackney Weekend website. Where is this year's Radio 1 Hackney Weekend? It's all happening at Hackney Marshes, London, on Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June. How can I get a ticket? You can find out how to get your hands on tickets here. What happens at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend? Across the Main stage, Dance Arena, 1Xtra stage, In New Music We Trust stage, Outdoor stage and BBC Introducing stage there is a varied mix of UK and international artists - from household names, to brand new artists championed by Radio 1 DJs. To see who has already been announced, check out the line up. More artists will be announced over the coming months. What is Radio 1's Hackney Weekend? As 2012 is a very special Olympic year, it feels right to celebrate the occasion and the location of Hackney with a enormous party - the UK's biggest free ticketed music event. Hackney Weekend has grown out of Radio 1's Big Weekend. These in turn grew from the incredibly popular One Big Sundays - free open-air shows with top pop acts. When 100,000 people turned up to the Leicester show it was clear we were on to something good. So it became One Big Weekend, spanning two days. Held under Europe's biggest tent (capacity 10,000 a day), it came to Manchester, Cardiff, Londonderry and Birmingham. And the crowds kept growing. In 2005 we moved to Sunderland and a second tent went up, taking numbers to 15,000. With a new name, Radio 1's Big Weekend was born. Recently the event has been to Dundee, Preston, Maidstone, Swindon, Bangor and Carlisle. However nothing so far as been as huge as the festival due to happen in Hackney this summer. It's time to get excited.