Love Luton 2012 Festival: Media release- The Wanted confirmed for Love Luton 2012 Festival

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PR 2675  

24 January 2012- For Immediate Release

 The Wanted confirmed for Love Luton 2012 Festival

The Wanted were today announced as one of the major acts performing at the Love Luton 2012 Festival on Friday 6 July.

The Brit Award nominated group have had four anthemic top five singles and two number ones to their name. The Wanted have been viewed a staggering 30 million times on YouTube and sold 400,000 copies of their eponymous debut album, which shook pop music to its core upon its release last October.

Only a year on from their huge number one debut single ‘All Time Low’, The Wanted have already become one of Britain’s biggest pop bands.

The Wanted will perform on Friday 6 July at Popes Meadow as part of the spectacular four day festival.

The announcement was made earlier today at a special school assembly at Lea Manor High School in front of students, teachers and local press.

Speaking earlier today at Lea Manor High School, Rob Lee, Artistic Director of Love Luton 2012 Festival, said: “Bringing The Wanted to Luton is a real coup.  This Brit Award nominated vocal group are well known for their amazing chart topping music. 

“I was particularly eager to secure their involvement in Luton’s biggest festival and cultural community event because of the level of social awareness and interest in the lives of young people they display through their tireless work in schools. 

“My expectation is that ticket sales will be brisk in the coming weeks if their sold out spring tour is anything to go by. We are so excited to be bringing The Wanted to Luton for what will be the most amazing weekend this town has ever seen.”

Tickets for the Friday 6 July performance are on sale now at

A special early bird offer is in place until 7 April where single tickets can be purchased for just £30 and family tickets (four people – either one adult and three under 16s, or two adults and two under 16s) for £110. From 8 April onwards single tickets will be £35 and family tickets £130.

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.

Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council, said: “We have been promising everyone for a long time that some of the biggest acts to ever come to Luton are performing at the festival and we are pleased to let everyone know who the first one is.

“The Love Luton 2012 Festival promises to be the most spectacular event in Luton’s long and proud history and if the reaction of Lea Manor students today is anything to go by, tickets are going to be snapped up very quickly. I therefore encourage people to go to as soon as possible to buy their tickets before they are sold out.”

Over the next few weeks, Luton Borough Council will be announcing more high profile acts confirmed to perform at Popes Meadow as part of the Love Luton 2012 Festival.

The festival will be packed with a huge range of activities including big-name music concerts, 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 announced last week as the first platinum sponsor of the Love Luton 2012 Festival.

Follow this link to The Wanted’s latest promotional video:

For more information about The Wanted go to

For up to the minute information about the festival follow @lutoncouncil on Twitter using the hashtag #LoveLuton2012Festival and like ‘Love Luton 2012 Festival’ on Facebook.


Notes for editors

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. 

Click on the link below to download an image of The Wanted.

The official biog of The Wanted is available on request.

 Issued by: Adam Kearney on 01582 547402