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Luton Hosts BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024: Must-Attend Music Festival

Stockwood Park in Luton is gearing up to be the pulsating hub of music excitement as it plays host to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024. With an expected attendance of over 100,000 music enthusiasts, the live music spectacular is scheduled to unfold from May 24 to May 26, 2024.

This year’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend promises to be an expansive experience, featuring four stages over three action-packed days: Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1’s Future Sounds, Radio 1 Dance, and BBC Introducing. The festival will showcase approximately 100 acts, spanning from global superstars to emerging talents. The complete lineup and ticketing details will be revealed on Radio 1 in the upcoming months.

Traditionally launching the UK festival season, Radio 1’s Big Weekend stands out by bringing high-profile national and international artists to cities that might not typically host such grand-scale events. From Miley Cyrus in Middlesbrough to Stormzy in Hull, the festival has left its mark across the UK, spotlighting diverse locations and providing a significant economic boost to the host cities. Last year’s event in Dundee generated an impressive £3.7 million for the local economy.

Collaborating closely with Luton Council, the BBC is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for all festival attendees. Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE, Leader of Luton Council, expressed excitement, stating, “The fact that BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend has chosen Luton is fantastic news for our town, especially our young people, and will showcase all the wonderful things about Luton.”

Greg James, the face of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, shared his enthusiasm, saying, “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.”

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, anticipates a spectacular celebration, stating, “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.”

BBC Radio 1 will be broadcasting live from the festival site throughout the weekend, offering live and on-demand performances via Radio 1’s iPlayer channel and BBC Sounds, ensuring that music fans can be part of the action wherever they are. The event promises not just a musical extravaganza but an opportunity for Luton to shine on a national stage.

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