BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend to take place in Luton this year

Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024 will take place at Stockwood Park in Luton from 24th to 26th May.

There will be four stages this year – Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1’s Future Sounds, Radio 1 Dance and BBC Introducing. Around 100,000 people are expected to attend across three days.

About 100 acts including new and emerging artists plus big names will appear. The full line-up and ticketing details will be announced on Radio 1 in the coming months.

The event is always in cities that may not otherwise host such a large-scale event. Last year’s festival generated £3.7 million for the host city of Dundee.

Greg James says: “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, says: “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.”

Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE, Leader of Luton Council, says: “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.”

BBC Radio 1 will broadcast live from the festival site across the weekend, with performances and tracks available live and on demand across Radio 1’s iPlayer channel and BBC Sounds.