The sonic spectacle that is BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is set to take over Stockwood Park in Luton, drawing in more than 100,000 music enthusiasts for a three-day event from May 24th to May 26th, 2024.
This edition of Radio 1’s Big Weekend promises to be larger than life, featuring four stages that will resonate with music aficionados across the spectrum: Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1’s Future Sounds, Radio 1 Dance, and BBC Introducing. The festival, Radio 1’s flagship, is poised to present a lineup of approximately 100 acts, ranging from global megastars to breakthrough talents. The detailed list of performers and ticket information will be revealed in the upcoming months on Radio 1.
Marking the commencement of the UK’s festival season, Radio 1’s Big Weekend uniquely transports some of the most significant UK and international artists to cities that may not traditionally host such grandiose events. From Miley Cyrus in Middlesbrough to Stormzy in Hull, the festival has brought stars like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, and The 1975 to various corners of the UK. This spotlight not only illuminates the local area but also injects a substantial economic boost, as evidenced by last year’s festival contributing a whopping £3.7 million to Dundee.
In collaboration with Luton Council, the BBC is diligently ensuring the safety and security of attendees at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024.
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.”
Throughout the weekend, BBC Radio 1 will broadcast live from the festival site, with performances and tracks available in real-time and on-demand through Radio 1’s iPlayer channel and BBC Sounds.