Radio 1 Big Weekend festival

Friday 24 - Sunday 26 May, 2024
Stockwood Park in Luton

About Radio 1 Big Weekend

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BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend is a British music festival run by the BBC's radio station. It is held once a year, in a different location within the United Kingdom each time. It was the biggest free-ticketed music event in Europe, until a fee for tickets was introduced in 2018, and always includes a host of new artists.

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Friday 24 - Sunday 26 May, 2024
Stockwood Park in Luton

Radio 1 Big Weekend Location & Travel

Radio 1 Big Weekend Location & Travel

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Radio 1 Big Weekend FAQs

Radio 1’s Big Weekend is taking place in Stockwood Park, Luton, LU1 4LX

Fri, 24 May 2024 – Sun, 26 May 2024

Radio 1 will have music starting at 4pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday so make sure you leave enough time to go through ticket checks and security.


Opening Times:

Friday 24th May: Gates open at 2pm with a headline opener act starting at 4pm.

Saturday 25th May: Gates open at 10:30am with the Main Stage opener act starting at 1pm.

Sunday 26th May: Gates open at 10:30am with the Main stage opener act starting at 1pm.

On Friday 24th May last entry for Radio 1 Big Weekend is 22:00, the event ends at 23:00.

On Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May last entry for Radio 1 Big Weekend is 21:00, the event ends at 22:00.

Yes, but please be aware professional photography equipment such as zoom lenses are not allowed in the venue. Please also note selfie sticks will not be permitted at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. 

Event security at Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be briefed to permit those with babies / small children to bring larger bags into the arena – all bags will still be subject to a full search.

Buggies will also be permitted entry to site and will be subject to searching. Please speak to the Security Supervisor at the main entrance if you have any questions.

There will be a welfare tent within the arena where baby-changing facilities will be available.

On Friday 24th May, Saturday 25th May and Sunday 26th May there is no age restriction for the event; however, those aged 15 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over at all times. If you are under 18 please ensure you have permission from your parent and guardian to attend. Those aged 2 and under do not require a ticket, but must be in the care of an adult aged 18 or over.

We operate the Challenge 25 Policy and you may be asked for ID to verify your age when purchasing alcohol. We accept the following forms of ID: a valid passport; a valid EU photo card driving licence; or a photographic ID card with the National Proof of Age Standards Scheme – PASS - hologram.

Anyone breaking the rules and regulations governing the ticket purchase process may have any purchased tickets cancelled without notice.

The following articles are not permitted within Radio 1 Big Weekend:

  • Drugs, including so-called legal highs
  • Drones
  • Professional photography equipment
  • Animals other than registered assistance dogs
  • Alcohol (unless purchased on-site)
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Chairs (except for registered access customers)
  • Golf / large umbrellas (1 metre or more)
  • Flags
  • Knives
  • Fireworks
  • Smoke canisters
  • Sky or Chinese lanterns
  • Gas canisters (including aerosols over 250ml and nitrous oxide / CO2 Dispensers)
  • Megaphones
  • Air horns
  • Sound systems
  • Spray cans
  • Balloons
  • Flares
  • Weapons
  • Dangerous or hazardous items
  • Laser devices
  • Glass (including perfume and aftershave)
  • Cans
  • Poles
  • Blow torches
  • Unauthorised items for trading, including any goods using unauthorised event logos
  • Any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety including unofficial tabards / high-viz.

Please note, that cigarettes & tobacco will not be available to purchase within the event site.


Drug Use

Radio 1's Big Weekend does not condone the use of drugs. It is illegal to buy, sell or take drugs. Drugs enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the UK and we will be conducting searches and using sniffer dogs to disrupt illegal activity.


Remember if you take drugs and become ill, depressed or concerned, make sure you ask the nearest member of staff to direct you to our Welfare Tent. If you or someone you are with has a bad reaction and needs medical help, talk to the nearest member of staff immediately. Let the medics know what has been taken. You could save a friend’s life.


There will be a no-fly zone in place around the whole event site. The use of drones within this area, as well as large gatherings of populated areas and in close proximity to buildings, is illegal. We will be actively monitoring drone activity and will be working with the Police to disrupt and prosecute any illegal activity.

Radio 1 will be searching every bag that comes into the event. We have restricted the size of bags that are allowed in to help make this easier – no bigger than A4 (maximum dimensions W21cm x H30cm x D8cm) and limited to one per person. We may also search bags once you are in the arena.

You are also likely to undergo a search as you enter – this may include the use of search wands. You could also be searched once you are in the arena.

Security staff will be visible and on patrol both inside and outside of the venue.

Drugs and Explosives dogs will also be on patrol.

A network of CCTV cameras will be in place around the whole event site, these will be monitored from our event control room.

We’ve worked closely with the Police and other emergency services to plan a safe event for everyone.

There will be Police patrols around the event and local area.

There will be many other security measures in place that you can’t see.