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Radio 1's Big Weekend.... comes to Luton!


For the first time ever, our very own Stockwood Park in Luton will play host to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2024 with over 100,000 music fans expected to attend the live music extravaganza from Friday 24 May - Sunday 26 May 2024.

This year, Radio 1's Big Weekend will be supersized with four stages running across three days: Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1's Future Sounds, Radio 1 Dance and BBC Introducing. Radio 1's flagship festival will showcase around 100 acts, from the biggest stars in the world to new and emerging artists, include some of Luton's very own rising stars; Ryussi, Myles Smith, Lavz and JW Paris. 

This highly anticipated event, renowned for its star studded lineup and dynamic atmosphere, promises to bring a wave of excitement to the town, transforming it into a pulsating hub of music, joy, and togetherness. The lineup for this year's Big Weekend is nothing short of spectacular, featuring a diverse array of musical talents that will undoubtedly cater to every taste and preference. Chase & Status, Raye, and Coldplay are this year’s headline acts, joining the stellar line-up made up of Charli XCX, Vampire Weekend, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Becky Hill, Rudimental, Aitch, Joel Corry, Mabel, plus many many more - there's something for everyone to enjoy. But the significance of the Big Weekend extends far beyond its star-studded lineup...

For us residents of Luton, this event represents a unique opportunity to come together as a community, to celebrate our shared love for music and create lasting memories with friends and family. It's a chance to showcase the town's vibrant culture and warm hospitality to visitors from near and far, fostering a sense of pride and unity. In fact Luton Rising, the council-run company that owns London Luton Airport, has launched an official volunteering scheme for the weekend called Luton Rising Festival Makers, operating in partnership with Luton Council, Step Forward Luton and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Volunteers will be greeting visitors to the town with a smile, and with their insider knowledge they’ll point guests towards local gems, must-see sights, and help dish out directions. For more information on the scheme including how to sign up, visit the website here

For families, in particular, BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend offers an unforgettable experience! There are no age restrictions for the event, although those aged 15 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over at all times (kids under 2 don't need tickets). It gives parents the opportunity to bond with their children over their favorite songs, introducing them to new artists and genres while reliving the magic of their own youth. 

Although all tickets are now sold out, Ticketmaster’s Fan to Fan resales open at midday on Friday 3rd May 2024 and will close at midday on Monday 20th May 2024. There will also be a number of venues hosting live viewing parties away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, such as The Culture Trust's Hat Factory and The Castle pub to name a few!

Furthermore, the arrival of BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend is poised to inject a welcome boost to Luton's local economy, as businesses gear up to cater to the influx of visitors. From cozy cafes and bustling restaurants to lively pubs, the town's bustling streets are set to come alive with activity, offering a wealth of opportunities for residents and entrepreneurs alike. Perhaps the most enduring legacy of BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend lies in the sense of community spirit and camaraderie it fosters. 

In conclusion, the Big Weekend's arrival in Luton is not just a music festival, it's a celebration of everything that makes this town special. From its diverse culture to its warm-hearted residents, Luton is poised to shine; so mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to experience the magic of BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in the heart of Luton.

Note: You can find all the information for the festival including full line up details and FAQs on the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend website here

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