Sabrina Carpenter (Miles Humphries/Northern Exposure)


Despite the unpredictable weather, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024 in Luton delivered an extraordinary mix of talent and energy, making it a memorable experience for all who attended.

From the rain-soaked moments to the sunlit performances, the festival had something for everyone.The weather was a classic British mix of rain and sunshine, but that didn’t stop the spirits of the crowd. Ponchos and umbrellas were an essential for the day during the occasional downpours, while sunglasses and sunscreen made appearances whenever the sun broke through. The resilient crowd, armed with umbrellas and an unwavering love for live music, turned every moment into a celebration.

AJ Tracey (Miles Humphries/Northern Exposure)

AJ Tracey opened the main stage with his blend of grime and hip-hop, delivering an electrifying set that had the crowd bouncing. Hits like ‘Ladbroke Grove‘ and ‘Dinner Guest‘ ignited the audience, with his dynamic performance style keeping the energy levels high despite the rain.

Declan McKenna’s performance was a highlight of the weekend. His indie anthems, including ‘Brazil‘ and ‘Sympathy‘, resonated with the crowd, creating a euphoric atmosphere. His charismatic stage presence and heartfelt lyrics connected deeply with fans, making his set one of the most talked-about of the festival.

Pop sensation Sabrina Carpenter delivered a stunning performance, seamlessly blending her powerful vocals with infectious pop beats. Songs like ‘Feather‘ and her first number one ‘Espresso‘ showcased her vocal range and ability to captivate the audience. Despite the weather, her set was a big moment, bringing warmth and excitement to the festival, with even her boyfriend, actor Barry Keoghan making an appearance side stage.

Other highlights of the Big Weekend’s final day included Eurovision finalist Olly Alexander, Vampire Weekend and London Grammer on the main stage. The Radio 1 New Music stage was definitely the place to be with artists such a CMAT, beabadoobee, Remi Wolf and Everything Everything delivering some show stopping performances. The allusive ‘secret set’ of the day came from no other than indie pop quartet Sea Girls. Over on BBC Introducing stage Beth McCartney, JW Paris and Picture Parlour were amongst artists representing the best if the upcoming.

Coldplay‘s finale was marked by an impressive display of fireworks, confetti, and an atmosphere of unity and celebration. Sabrina Carpenter was brought back on stage to sing ‘Magic‘ before later finishing the weekend with Chris Martin performing a brand new track ‘Orange‘ – written and dedicated to Luton Town FC – bringing an end to the truly unforgettable BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend 2024.

Fans can still catch highlights and relive the magic on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

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