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Roland @ Radio 1 Big Hackney Weekend 2012

Published: Mon June 25, 2012  News Feed

Roland @ Radio 1 Big Weekend 2012


Great Artists  ~  Great Gear


Now, we know that the weather was miserable, and that your fairy cakes and cartons of OJ may have been floating away in the rain (what a shame) but the lashes didn’t stop the stars from lighting up the stage this weekend in Hackney.

With some of the biggest names in the biz performing we were sure to spot some of our favourite gear on stage. It just so happens, that Roland made an appearance, or two, or three, ok let’s just say that the Roland gear hardly left the stage.


Florence + The Machine


The mesmeric musical outfit that is Florence + The Machine performed hits from numerous albums, including 'You Got The Love' and 'Dog Days Are Over'. Flo and the crew seem to be pretty big fans of Roland, playing three of their most highly acclaimed synthesizers the incredible Juno Stage, baby bro the Juno Di and the colossal Jupiter 80. That’s how you know when a band means business, they start bringing out the big guns.

Roland Jupiter 80

The Roland Jupiter 80 is the ultimate professional synthesizer/piano/keyboard, a homage to the classic Jupiter 8, with the addition of Roland’s advanced SuperNATURAL Sound Engine Technology. Featuring high-quality, versatile sound set, including 88-key stereo multi-sampled piano plus dual SRX expansion bay and so much more.



Ben Howard


Although it may seem like a rather, run-of-the-mill sampler, the SPD-SX is anything but ordinary.


Warning: The SPD-SX is NOT just a drum machine… it’s a sample trigger too!

By adding the SPD-SX to your usual acoustic or electronic drum set up, you have the ability to incorporate audio samples into your performance and release them, like white doves to your audience, whenever you want. It features multi effects, looping functions, 9 velocity sensitive rubber pads and so much more.

It wasn’t just Mr. Howard who was utilizing the magic of the SPD-SX, oh no, plenty of other artists had this planned into their set for the big weekend.




The Def Jam princess took it home with a headline performance, inspired by ancient Egypt, featuring an incredible fireworks display plus a guest performance from Jay-Z.

Speaking from the stage, shortly before finishing, Rihanna said: "This is history in the making."

More than 100 artists had already performed across six stages over the two-day event but the We Found Love singer had saved the most eye-catching for last.

Rihanna and Jay-Z make 'history' at R1 Hackney Weekend

The Gaia


The Roland Gaia is simply a palette of tremendous sounds. Featuring a triple stacked virtual analogue engine, with three synths and 64 note polyphony, you get access almost any sound you want. Featuring three oscillators, resonant filters, LFO's, envelope generators and amplifiers, the Gaia may actually be more attractive than songstress herself. The onboard effects offer reverb, distortions, bit crush, fuzz, flanger, reverbs, delays, the list is endless. And all this can be controlled in real time adding to your already amazing live performance.

The Gaia’s huge sound, amazing ease of use and crazily affordable price, this baby is a "high-performance value synth with old school charm".

Rihanna Set List

  • Only Girl in The World
  • Disturbia
  • S&M
  • Cockiness
  • Birthday Cake
  • What's My Name?
  • Rude Boy
  • Love the Way You Lie
  • Man Down
  • Where Have You Been
  • The Wait Is Ova
  • Hard
  • Please Don't Stop the Music
  • Run This Town
  • Talk That Talk
  • We Found Love
  • Umbrella

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