The festival is set to run across May bank holiday weekend at Luton’s Stockwood Park, marking the first time the festival has been held in Luton — as well as the first to take place across three days.
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The festival will run across four stages, the Radio 1 Stage, Radio 1 Future Sound Stage, Radio 1 Dance Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage.
Luton Council leader Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE told Rolling Stone UK: “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.”
Earlier this month, Reading and Leeds festival operator Festival Republic revealed it would be running a festival in Luton.
Festival Republic has since confirmed that the festival proposal for Stockwood Park across the May bank holiday was to host BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.
No ticket sale date has been confirmed however, 100,000 will be up for grabs.
#BIGWEEKEND NEWS‼️— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) January 29, 2024
We'll be heading to Luton and taking over Stockwood Park for THREE DAYS on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.
Full lineup and ticket info coming soon. pic.twitter.com/iW2juixeF2
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