Leona Lewis and Plan B for BBC Olympic festival

Leona Lewis and Plan B will perform at a free music event in London’s east end as part of the cultural Olympiad next year.

More than 100,000 concert tickets will be available for the BBC sponsored event when the bash takes place in June 2012.

Six unspecified event venues are reported to be used for the festival and BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said that the gigs were on a scale like nothing ever seen before from the radio station.

“This is the most ambitious event in the station’s 44-year history,” he said, according to The Guardian. “We aim to enhance the overall London 2012 summer with a celebratory event aimed specifically at the thousands of young people who live in the boroughs directly surrounding the Olympic Park.”

The BBC plans to issue tickets in a similar way to their Big Weekend events, with the majority of allocated tickets favouring those living in the local borough of Hackney. DJ Trevor Nelson, host of Radio 1 Extra, will also lead a talent search among east London musicians and DJs.

Event Magazine is additionally reporting that there will be a total of 80 international and UK acts performing at the event which forms part of the London 2012 Festival, also known as the cultural Olympiad.

London 2012 Festival director Ruth Mackenzie said that she was “delighted” that Radio 1’s weekend is part of the London 2012 Festival line-up.

She said: “It is a perfect fit with our ambitions for the Festival to appeal to young people, to showcase world class talent and to work with our partners in Hackney.”

The BBC performances will take place at the end of June 2012 and the London 2012 Festival runs from 21st June to 9th September.