An artist from Luton who is performing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend has said she is thankful for the places in the town that helped her develop as an artist.

Lavz will be on the BBC Introducing stage at Stockwood Park on Saturday.

The rapper, from the Marsh Farm area of Luton, praised nearby community centre Marsh House for giving her opportunities early in her career.

“I’m grateful for spaces like these that have allowed me to find my feet and be in a supportive environment as well,” she said.

BBC Music Introducing is a platform which supports new musicians and helps get their music played on BBC Radio.

Lavz has appeared on BBC Three Counties Radio several times since she first registered on the platform in 2014 and the support led to a slot at the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2019.

She will perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Friday.

The musician described Luton as “very special for everyone” because of how it embraces diverse groups.

“It just says a lot about Luton, there’s a bit for everyone, it’s multicultural,” she said.

“Everything’s a community, everything’s about people, brining people together and let’s build something.

“That’s the spirit of Luton, we’re all hustlers who like to work, we like to work together as well.”

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