Get ready Lutonians, our time to shine is coming! Radio 1 has announced that Stockwood Park will host its supersized Big Weekend festival this May, with over 100,000 music fans expected to descend on our town.

And the excitement is already building – Greg James was in Luton today broadcasting his show live from Kenilworth Road to break the news.

Kicking off from 24 May-26 May and running for a mammoth 3 days across 4 stages, Big Weekend 2024 is set to be Radio 1’s biggest event yet. Some of the world’s hottest music talent will be hitting the main stage, with the full line-up to be announced in March.

“This is undeniably the most exciting event our town has ever hosted, at least in my lifetime. The BBC’s decision to select Luton as the host for their largest ever weekender event is truly something worth celebrating and goes to prove that Luton is on the up!”

Tamar Lovindeer-Robinson, Step Forward Luton Ambassador

Now, this is a major opportunity for us to showcase our vibrant, diverse town to the nation. The festival is set to bring a multi-million pound boost to our local economy and opportunities for businesses and young people here too.

There will be loads of chances to get involved and volunteer over the weekend – the volunteer programme launches in March so keep an eye out!

“This is an amazing opportunity for the town, just wonderful news! We’ve got fantastic facilities here in Luton and Radio 1 would not consider us if we weren’t such a great town. And we’re the 3rd youngest town as well, it’s just the perfect audience for Radio 1.”

Mariana Brown, Step Forward Luton Ambassador

We’re sure you have loads of questions about the event, so head to the Big Weekend page for all the latest info as we get it.

This is Luton’s time to shine brightly. Let’s embrace the moment and show the country what a fantastic town we are! Just a couple of months until the Big Weekend kicks off – we can’t wait!

About the Author
Laura Redmond

Laura is a passionate supporter of the Step Forward Luton campaign and a Place Activation and Marketing Coordinator for Luton Council. Armed with a journalism degree and unwavering love for her university town, she often pens positive blogs that spotlights the best of Luton. From charity work to market management, Laura's professional journey has explored every corner of Luton. And when she's not busy being a marketing maven, she's out on a culinary adventure, unearthing the town's hidden foodie gems.