Jay-Z Rocks Rain-soaked London Festival With Host Of Famous Friends

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June 24, 2012 | 9:31am EST

Jay-Z brought a superstar line-up to a wet and dreary London by storming through a hit-packed set with guest stars Rihanna, Kanye West and M.I.A at the city’s Hackney Weekend festival.
The 99 Problems icon brought the first day of the free concert, organised by BBC Radio 1, to an explosive end with a set which included hits Dead Presidents, ’03 Bonnie and Clyde, Girls, Girls, Girls and Empire State Of Mind.
Despite a late start, thousands of fans refused to let the English rain get them down and went wild when Jay-Z introduced his protegee Rihanna to the stage for their duet Run This Town.
He then brought out tour and album collaborator West for a rendition of their track N**gas in Paris, while British rapper M.I.A. also made a guest appearance to perform her hit Paper Planes and Bad Girls.
His superstar wife Beyonce also refused to the let the weather dampen her spirit, and was spotted dancing around in front of the stage with a group of pals wearing a Mackintosh coat and Wellington rain boots.
The huge two-day event, which was free for residents of the Hackney area of London, kicked-off with a set by Leona Lewis, who grew up in the neighbourhood. Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj and Kasabian also played sets to huge crowds.
Rihanna will take the stage again on Sunday night to close the festival. Florence and the Machine, Plan B and Jessie J will also perform.