This year the High Town Festival is pleased to be celebrating the Luton Heritage Project. This community-based venture has been working closely with Chiltern Academy in York Street in a number of ways. Young people have been asking senior residents about life in the area fifty years ago as well as researching key historic buildings in the area to produce “blue plaques” that describe the story of the building. These plaques also feature a photograph that captures what is looked like all those decades ago and will be on display during the festival.

The Festival have also been pleased to support the very first edition of a quarterly Luton Heritage magazine. With a special emphasis on High Town, it is 26 pages long and has eleven articles written by community researchers. It will be on sale over the counter at various local outlets during the Festival for £3.

We could not have put on this event without the generosity of our sponsors, including Main Stage sponsors: The Well, Methodist Stage sponsors: Royal Pharmacy, and all our other generous supporters: The Bricklayers Arms, London Edge, WhittakerPlane Accountants, High Town and Crawley Labour Party, The Brunch Bar and Luton Council. Elmtree Creative have kindly supplied the design and JNB Publishing have generously provided the printing.

There are many others, too numerous to mention, but we thank you all – we could not do it without you!


We’d love to hear your feedback about the day! It’ll take around 5 minutes:


Official Opening

12.55pm – 1.15pm – Opening procession led by the Luton Irish Forum Emerald Pipe Band from the school down High Town Road to the Main Stage (Burr Street Car Park). Also featuring Polonia and pupils from St Matthews Primary School.


Main Stage (Burr Street Car Park, next to NOAH Shop)

12:30pm to 1:15pm: DJ Kandi Warm Up

1:25pm to 1:45pm: St Matthew’s Primary School Choir

1:45pm to 2pm: Dance Fusion (Junior Zumba Display)

2pm to 2:30pm: The BIG Hat Factory Community Choir

2.30pm: High Town in Bloom Winners and Runners Up Announced

2.45pm to 3:15pm: Danger of Drowning

3:30pm to 4pm: The Retros

4:15pm to 5pm: 4Quarters

5:15pm to 6pm: Rylands Heath


High Town Methodist Church

1pm to 2pm: Piano Concert by Students (Yen)

2:05pm to 2:30pm: Liam Rowlands

2:35pm to 3:00pm: The Mouse Assassins

3:05pm to 3:30pm: The Ukimaniacs

3:35pm to 4:00pm: EnerGys Positive Gospel Vibes

4:05pm to 4:35pm: Magic Carl

4:40pm to 5:05pm: Ulysses Elektra


Welbeck Square Stage

Hosted by Soul Food Poetry (

An afternoon: a programme of poetry, spoken word and acoustic acts including Mark Rivers, Pixie Styx, Ulysses Elektra, Haneefah – The Soul-utions Poet, Ben Ume & Kevyn Ricard, Vanessa and Purges (Julia Cheng), Lee Nelson and Ozzlebox. Check the stage for timings of acts on the day.


Party in the Car Park!

All afternoon at St Matthew’s Primary School (Havelock Road)
£3 entry each or £10 for group of four

Includes: silent disco with DJ Kandi, inflatable sports games with Directional, football shoot-out with Luton Town FC, Magic Carl performance, activities, games, circus skills, balloon modelling, surf simulator, inflatable rides and activities.


Stay and Play

All afternoon at St Matthews Primary School

Flying Start will be having a Stay and Play area in the courtyard outside St Matthews School opposite the Party in the Car Park. This will be for small children to attend with parents and includes games and activities.


Magic Carl

3:00pm at St Matthews Primary School

4:00pm at the High Town Methodist Church

Voted Best International Comedy Magic Act of the Year 2010 – 2014, Stage Magician of the Year, and Technical Sleight of hand Magician of the year, Magic Carl performs sleight of hand illusions right under your nose, taking you into a world of make believe.


High Town Heritage Plaques

All afternoon: This takes you a little further afield than the festival, but see if you can find the blue plaques that the Luton Heritage Forum have been working on with Chiltern Academy. You can also pick up the very first edition of the Luton Heritage Magazine for £3 at a number of stalls.


Luton Alternative Artmarket

All afternoon: The Luton Alternative Artmarket is an eclectic mix of art, badges, cards, clothes, boots, records, music, textiles and much more, produced by Luton’s alternative scene creatives. The market will take place in the car park of the Bricklayers Arms.


Cream Teas by Hightown Honeys

All afternoon in the Methodist Church: don’t miss the Hightown Honeys who will be serving their famous cream teas! Yum!


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