Former X Factor winner turned chart topper Leona Lewis has spoken of her pride at performing on her home turf as the opening act at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend.
The 27-year-old, who grew up in the East London district, went for a flowery theme in her floral kimono, teamed with black cropped top and trousers, as she took to the stage at the free event – where she was introduced by DJ Trevor Nelson as “the most famous singer to come out from Hackney”.
“I really wanted to open when they asked me to do it,” Leona said backstage.
“When I went on I saw 30,000 people running towards the stage. It was lovely performing in front of a home crowd. It was good, I swear half the audience was my friends and family.”
She kicked off her set with a cover of the Diddy Dirty Money track Coming Home – which featured a guest appearance from rapper Wretch 32.
The event also featured the likes of Rita Ora – who recently appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor – N-Dubz star Dappy, A-Team singer Ed Sheeran and US rap star Nicki Minaj.
There was also a guest appearance from The Voice finalist Tyler James, who joined his coach Will.i.am on the 1Xtra stage.