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Radio 1’s Big Weekend to come to Luton in 2024 for three-day event

Line-up details will be announced soon.

By Will Richards

Big Weekend
(Picture: BBC)

Radio 1’s Big Weekend will take place in Luton in 2024 as well as expanding to become a three-day event.

The radio station’s annual event came to Dundee in 2023, with a line-up including The 1975Lewis Capaldi and Arlo Parks, and will take place this year across four stages at Stockwood Park.

Greg James, host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, said of the news: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend is our favourite time of the year and we love taking it somewhere new every year. This year is the turn of Luton to experience the full Radio 1 treatment. It’s a simple mission really: we just want everyone who comes along to have the best time.”

Radio 1 boss Aled Haydn Jones added: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend always kicks off the UK festival season in style and I’m so excited that this year, it will be a three-day, four-stage, live music spectacular for our listeners to enjoy. We have some incredibly exciting ideas in the pipeline as well as some of the biggest artists to announce in the coming months, I can’t wait to celebrate in Luton.” 

Of the importance of the festival’s presence in the town, Luton Council leader Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE said: “The fact that BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, one of the UK’s largest and most popular music festivals, has chosen Luton is fantastic news for our town, especially our young people, and will showcase all the wonderful things about Luton.

“Not only will this event give a multi-million pound boost to Luton’s economy and provide a number of opportunities for local young people and businesses, with tens of thousands in attendance and millions tuning in across the BBC, it gives us an opportunity to step forward and showcase the very best of our ambitious, brilliantly vibrant, wonderfully diverse and transforming town.”

Details of the festival’s line-up and how to get tickets are coming soon.