Love Luton 2012 Festival: Media release- Olly Murs Confirmed for Love Luton 2012 Festival

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PR 2693

04 February 2012 – For Immediate Release

Olly Murs confirmed for Love Luton 2012 Festival


Chart topping singer-songwriter Olly Murs has been confirmed as the second major act performing at this summer’s Love Luton 2012 Festival.

As one of the UK’s best selling emerging solo artists over the last two years, Olly Murs continues to dominate the charts with four number one singles, a Brit Award nomination for Best British Single and a sell out tour. Both his albums have gone double platinum selling over 1.3 million albums combined.

Olly Murs will perform on Saturday 7 July at Popes Meadow as part of the spectacular four-day festival.

The announcement was made earlier today (Saturday 4 February) at The Mall, followed by a personal message from Olly Murs himself on a big screen.

Olly said he was looking forward to performing in Luton as part of July’s Love Luton 2012 Festival.

Also announced today were five other acts confirmed for the Love Luton 2012 Festival.

Joining Olly Murs on Saturday 7 July at Popes Meadow will be hugely popular grime maestro, Skepta, North London hip-hop artist, Sway, UK urban and dance performer Mz Bratt and up and coming rapper, Lady Leshurr.

Joining The Wanted on Friday night will be rising Irish pop star Aisling O’Reilly. Luton Borough Council will be announcing the rest of the line ups for the two Popes Meadow performances over the next few weeks.

Robert Lee, Artistic Director of Love Luton 2012 Festival, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Brit Award nominated national superstar Olly Murs has accepted the town’s invitation to perform at the festival. 

“Olly’s smooth vocals and cheeky smile have made him incredibly popular with Lutonians, and because of his amazing profile, securing his talents is a wonderful boost to the town benefiting our music lovers and visitors. The hat wearing Olly will help us to sell Luton to the world.”

Tickets for the Friday 6 July and Saturday 7 July performances at Popes Meadow are on sale now at

Tickets can also be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre in St George’s Square and The Hat Factory in Bute Street during box office hours. There are no phone bookings.

A special early bird offer is in place until 7 April where single and family tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate. Tickets for the Friday night show are £30 for a single and £110 for a family (four people – either one adult and three under 16s, or two adults and two under 16s). Early bird prices for the longer Saturday performances are £32.50 for a single and £120 for the popular family ticket.

Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council, said: “Olly Murs and The Wanted are two of the biggest acts to ever come to Luton and will add so much buzz and excitement to what is already going to be the most spectacular weekend in Luton’s history.

“The two nights of incredible entertainment at Popes Meadow will cater to all musical tastes so I encourage you to go to as soon as possible to buy your discounted tickets while the early bird offer is in place.”

The Love Luton 2012 Festival will be packed with a huge range of activities including a spectacular carnival parade, school games, fireworks displays, Mela activities along with a kaleidoscope of music, comedy and dance leading up to a special Olympic Torch celebration event.

The University of Bedfordshire was named as the first platinum sponsor of the Love Luton 2012 Festival, while Heart FM has recently signed up to the gold sponsorship package.

For up to the minute information about the festival follow @lutoncouncil on Twitter using the hashtag #LutonFestival and like ‘Love Luton 2012 Festival’ on Facebook.


Notes for editors

Click on the link below to download images of The Wanted, Olly Murs, Skepta, Sway, Mz Bratt Lady Leshurr and Aisling O’Reilly.

Follow this link to download the Olly Murs vox pop/personal message:

The above vox pop is also available as an audio file on request.

The official Biog’s of the above artists are on (click on ‘Ticketing and artist information’)

Photos of Saturday’s announcement at The Mall will be available on request from Monday.

The Love Luton 2012 Festival was born of the Love Luton Campaign, which has done so much to improve the image of Luton and its bid for City Status. The Government will be making an announcement shortly, but it’s not too late to support Luton’s ‘City Status Bid’ by going to and signing the e-petition. 

Issued by: Adam Kearney on 01582 547402