BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
The flagship BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend music event will be held in Luton’s Stockwood Park during the second May bank holiday weekend in 2024 (24 to 26 May).
This is one of the UK’s most popular music festivals, attracting top artists, with thousands in attendance and millions watching on television. The event is set to give a massive boost to Luton’s economy and reputation, and will provide a number of opportunities for local people and businesses.
As in previous years, tickets for this event will be geographically weighted, with a share of tickets ring-fenced for local people. Information on when tickets will go on sale will be shared in the coming weeks at bbc.co.uk/bigweekend.
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Radio 1's Big Weekend Luton will take place on the weekend of Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May 2024. Details are listed below
- The schedule for each day is:
- Friday 24 May 2024: gates open from 1pm with a 11pm finish
- Saturday 25 May 2024: gates open from 10:30am with a 10.30pm finish
- Sunday 26 May 2024: gates open from 10:30am with a 10.30pm finish
- Sound tests will take place on Thursday 23 May - timing to be confirmed in due course.
- The event is being organised by a team with a long track record of delivering major live music festivals and events.
- Like any large event, there will be some restrictions in place to keep people safe while the event is being set up on Thursday 9 May and taken down by Monday 3 June.
- Much of the park will remain available to visitors, apart from the days of the festival weekend. Details of park access during the festival weekend will be confirmed closer to the event.
- From the start of the build and on event days, we'll have a dedicated and direct phone number and email to contact if you experience any inconvenience.
- Luton International Carnival, which normally takes place on the Sunday of the late May bank holiday weekend, will be moving to Monday 27 May 2024.
- To find out more about opportunities for businesses and traders, please go to Step Forward Luton - Big Weekend opportunities.
- There will be a number of opportunities to volunteer during the weekend and we'll be launching our volunteering programme in March. If you'd like to register your interest, please visit the Step Forward Luton website and fill out the registration of interest form. Please note that we won’t be in contact until the programme launches in March.
Frequently asked questions
Radio 1’s Big Weekend is delivered in partnership between BBC and Luton Council. Festival Republic has been appointed by the BBC as event organisers to deliver the event.
Festival Republic is the UK’s largest festival and event promoter. The team proudly organises festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Latitude, Electric Picnic, Berlin Festival and Lollapalooza Berlin.
Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2024.
- Friday 24 May 2024, gates open from 1pm with a 11pm finish
- Saturday 25 May 2024, gates open from 10:30 am with a 10.30pm finish
- Sunday 26 May 2024, gates open from 10:30 am with a 10.30pm finish
We've written to residents living close to the event with more details. You can also email any questions through to [email protected]. We'll make sure your query is forwarded to the most appropriate person to respond, whether at the council, BBC or Festival Republic.
The event is expected to bring in millions of pounds to the local economy. When Dundee hosted the event they brought in almost £3.7m to the city.
Hosting Radio 1's Big Weekend also helped to improve its reputation and showcase the best it had to offer and we will be hoping to achieve the same here in Luton.
There will also be a number of opportunities for local businesses and young people.
Details of how to buy tickets will be announced by the BBC in March. As in previous years, tickets for this event will be geographically weighted, with a share of tickets ring-fenced for local people.
Anyone living in close proximity to Stockwood Park and wanting to attend the event will need to follow the standard ticket purchase process. Full ticketing information will be shared by the BBC in March.
There's no age restriction for Radio 1’s Big Weekend. However, those aged 15 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over at all times.
Those aged 2 and under do not require a ticket but must be in the care of an adult aged 18 or over.
The line-up for Radio 1's Big Weekend is curated by the Network’s Music Programming team and will feature artists from the Radio 1 playlist.
If you're a UK artist wanting to play a BBC festival stage, you can send your music to the BBC Introducing uploader: bbc.co.uk/introducing. You can upload tracks here and you may be considered for other events.
The event is being paid for by the BBC. We'll need to pick up some elements such as the traffic management plan for the weekend, but this is being paid for through government grants and sponsorship. There are no direct costs to the Luton taxpayer.
The event is being organised by a team with a long track record of delivering major live music festivals and events. There will be a dedicated helpline for any residents with any concerns, including noise during the event. This phone number will be published nearer the time.
Much of the park will remain available to visitors, apart from the days of the festival weekend. However, there will still be some access to the park during those days too.
There will be stewarding and security both in and around the event, plus civil and neighbourhood enforcement.
There won’t be shuttle buses but there will be:
- signage to the routes from public transport and car parks
- volunteers on hand to guide and support people
This will be confirmed closer to the event as part of the traffic management plan.
London Road and Farley Hill will be closed periodically throughout the event. However access to the airport via New Airport Way, Kimpton Road, and Vauxhall Way will all remain open.
Please be advised that there may be additional congestion so allow extra time for your journey.
Yes, additional parking enforcement parking enforcement will be in place. We're currently working through options on this issue.
Yes, a combined cleansing scheme will be in place both on the site and in the surrounding areas.
We appreciate that businesses in the area may have questions about how this event may affect them. We'll be arranging an event for businesses in March.
Unfortunately, the BBC have confirmed that they're unable to support or sponsor any local charities or provide spaces for them to attend the Radio 1 Big Weekend event. BBC Radio 1 supports the BBC Children In Need appeal and Comic Relief/Sports Relief each year, which in turn help a wide range of initiatives and good causes.
As a result they are unable to help promote other charitable efforts across the year, or link to fundraising pages.
At this stage we're not aware that there will be any other opportunities for voluntary and community sector organisations outside of the event itself. But if there are, these will be promoted via Luton Council social media channels and on this webpage.
The council and festival organisers are taking active measures to preserve habitats, grass and trees, and will also restore the park to its original state following the festival.
We're scoping out a dedicated outreach programme in order to provide opportunities for our young people. This will shape a programme targeted at 16 to 24-year-olds and will include everything from work placements, volunteering, apprenticeships and permanent roles in the future. Details will be released in due course.
Details will be announced by the BBC in March, but we can confirm that customers with accessible requirements will be asked to buy a general admission ticket for themselves plus any family, friends etc. (but not for their essential companion). Then, once that is purchased, they can complete the form to request any accessible facilities they might require at the show – this will include a free essential companion ticket if required.