Arcadia chooses Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Arcadia London credit Charlie Raven

Arcadia brings its Metamorphosis show to London. Photo credit Charlie Raven

Arcadia has confirmed that its first London event will take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The two-day festival is on 5-6 May 2018.

Arcadia founders, Pip Rush and Bert Cole, commented: “Heading home from our world tour, we can’t wait to unleash the very best of the last decade to celebrate our tenth anniversary and open a new chapter for the road ahead.”

The performing arts collective has also announced the first wave of acts including Leftfield and RAM Records.

The pinnacle of the event will be the nightly Metamorphosis show, featuring incredible aerial performers suspended from the spiders’ legs, and ‘Lords of Lightning’ shooting two million volts of lightning from their bodies.

Music performance

The two-day event, which celebrates the performance art collective’s 10th anniversary, will see a different musical identity on each day while Arcadia’s spellbinding Metamorphosis show is performed on both nights.

Londoners will have the chance to step inside Arcadia’s immersive world, where 50-foot fireballs ignite with a thunderous shockwave, multi-million-volt bolts of lightning crackle through the arena, robotic creatures swoop from the sky and thousands let their spirits fly.

Arcadia London. Photo credit Sarah Ginn

Arcadia London. Photo credit Sarah Ginn

Saturday 5 May will see house and techno as the primary musical heartbeat with Leftfield as the first artists to be announced.

Leftism is one of the most significant albums in dance music history, proving inspirational at the beginning of Arcadia’s journey and the bands’ performance on the Spider will be a key 10th anniversary moment.

Sunday 6 May will be bass music driven by the legendary RAM Records hosting the Spider.

With over a quarter of a century at the cutting edge of dance music, RAM has gone from strength to strength, creating a unique musical hub that has helped define the very essence of drum n bass.

Teaming up with London event specialists LWE, Arcadia is set to announce the full spectrum of stages, artists, performances, special guests and installations in the coming weeks.

Will Harold, director of LWE, commented: “It’s a real honour to be working with the award-winning Arcadia team and welcoming them to London for their tenth anniversary. These announcements are just the beginning, and we’re hugely excited to unleash the full Arcadia experience in the capital.”

Arcadia joins forces with LWE for first-ever London show

Arcadia has confirmed a two-day event in London to celebrate its 10th anniversary next year. The announcement follows the news about the performing arts collective was planning its biggest stand-alone event yet.

The one-off show will be held on 5-6 May and will see the iconic 50-tonne, fire-breathing spider land in the heart of London. The exact location is yet to be announced.

Arcadia founders, Pip Rush and Bert Cole, said: “We can’t wait to bring Arcadia into the capital for the first time. Having toured the globe, we’re really excited to get back onto home soil, and celebrate the best of the past decade.”

Teaming up with London event specialists LWE, Arcadia’s first-ever London show is primed to set the capital ablaze with breath-taking drama, vivid multi-sensory moments and their signature fusion of circus, sculpture, engineering, art, dance music and 360 degree animatronics.

Will Harold, director of LWE, commented: “It’s a real honour to be working with the award-winning Arcadia team and welcoming them to London for the very first time. With Arcadia’s 10th anniversary falling on Glastonbury’s fallow year, it’s a momentous occasion and a rare chance to create an incredible event together. All the LWE team are hugely excited to be part of this one-off event.”

The collective said this will be a spellbinding Metamorphosis show engulfing crowds in immersive new worlds and dance music heavyweights perform from the belly of the beast.

Having toured the Spider on four contents over the past few years, Arcadia is back in spectacular style.

Londoners will have the chance to step inside Arcadia’s fully immersive landscape, where 50-foot fireballs ignite with a thunderous shockwave, Tesla performers shoot two million volts of lightning from their bodies, and a ground-breaking light show brings the arena to life.

Arcadia will release further details about the May show later this month.

Arcadia sets sights on Glasto fallow year

Arcadia Spectacular

Photo by – as seen on Arcadia Facebook Page

Performing arts collective Arcadia Spectacular has announced plans for a standalone Arcadia event during Glastonbury’s 2018 fallow year.

The Bristol-based group debuted at Glastonbury 2007 with performances that combine elements of music, pyrotechnics, lighting, sound, sculpture and circus.

Arcadia is the creator of the 50-ton fire-breathing Spider that has performed at Glastonbury Festival for a decade.

Arcadia’s Spider. Photo by RVR16 – as seen on Facebook page

Next year’s project has been described as a “high-octane weekend of immersive spectacle”. Dates and location are yet to be announced, however Access understands that the one-off event will take place next May.

The announcement follows several new events recently launched to coincide with Glastonbury’s traditional year off.

Also tapping Glastonbury’s fallow year is the new 10-day featival All Points East by AEG Present in Victoria Park.

In pictures/video: Arcadia, Block 9, The Common, The Glade at Glastonbury

Lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting for some of Glastonbury 2015’s build highlights, including Arcadia, Block 9, The Common and The Glade.

The crew of 25 was chiefed by Andy Melleney, and the company also supplied the touring lighting rig for Friday night’s Other Stage headliners Rudimental (LD Jonny Gaskell) and kitted out more than 20 major bars around the vast site with practical and effects lighting.

Colour Sound’s Hayden Cruickshank said: “Being involved in some of the edgier more off-beat and imaginative elements of the Festival is always exciting. The event continues to be loved and appreciated worldwide for offering the most diverse and interesting performance experiences for so many people and we are very proud to be part of it.”


Arcadia’s new immersive spectacular ‘Metamorphosis’ saw the return of the giant spider to Worthy Farm complete with three new mini spiders, the Lords of Lightening and an acclaimed 30 minute show uniting the cultures and spirit of rave and theatre with technological elements.

Colour Sound worked closely with its technical production manager Tim Smith and supplied technician Stuart Barr to co-ordinate all the kit with the Arcadia crew who rigged it.

Four Robe Pointes were attached to the spider’s three legs with another 10 units deployed on its belly, underneath the DJ booth.

Over 70 Dragon LED PARs were used to light various scenic elements of the incredible structure, with Clay Paky Alpha Beam 1500s making the piercing eyes, of which there are three sets, for the full 360 effect.

Four Atomic strobes adorned each leg and three on the belly, all controlled via an Avo Sapphire touch console running in conjunction with the overall Arcadia show control system dealing with hydraulics, winches, fire, pyro, lightening, etc.

Block 9

Lighting designer Alan King of Rockin’ Horse ensured that all three main scenic sculptures constituting the ‘Block 9 ‘hood’ received careful and considered lighting and visual treatments as this vibrant area came to life as another nucleus of Glastonbury ‘after dark’ action. This was overseen for Colour Sound by Toby Lovegrove.

Meanwhile, Igloo Vision created and managed the projection mapping on Genesis with Green Hippo providing post processing (including blurs, colour effects) and adding some show control.

The derelict post-apocalyptic industrial Genosis power plant – a 50ft high sculpture crafted with incredible detail was lit with 17 x Robe Pointes, 16 x LEDWash 600s and 9 x Atomic strobes which were secreted in the pods and on the floor, hidden by foliage. The pod windows were illuminated by around 30 Chauvet Colorband Pix LED battens.

Glastonbury2015-Block9b from Igloo on Vimeo.

King was the main lighting operator for Genosys, utilising a ChamSys MQ300. Lasers were supplied by ER and the projection mapping onto the building was co-ordinated by Green Hippo.

London Underground is also around 50ft high, a trashed concrete tower block scenario complete with life sized tube train smashing through the front of the building.

This dramatic façade received detailed architectural lighting using a selection of fixtures including both SGM XC5 LED strobes and Atomic conventional strobes, Clay Paky a.leda K20 moving lights fitted with B-Eye lenses and a series of blue MBI floods, exterior Dragon LED PARs and 300K fresnels.

Adding atmosphere and excitement to the stage and dancefloor inside were i-Pix BB7s on the floor worked into a fabulous visual scheme with a grid of Laser Rays from ER traversing the ceiling.

Opposite, the stage and dancefloor in the eclectic NYC Downlow building had a lighting rig comprising Robe Scan 575s, Diamond LED beams and LED PARs woven into an onstage structure of LED battens from Light Initiative. The exterior was lit with more LED PARs and MBIs.

The Glade, tucked away beneath its regular clump of elegant poplar trees provided an intimate haven for the very best electro beats, as Colour Sound continued its long term working relationship with the organisers via lighting designer Jasper Johns of Fruit Salad Lights.

A network of trusses was flown from the Glade’s stylish tensile roof superstructure, loaded with 24 x Robe Pointes which were right at the heart of the action – a multi-purpose fixture that is perfect for this semi-tented environment. They were joined by 8 Atomic strobes, SGM XC5 LED strobes and a 6 x 4 metre surface of 6 mm HD LED screen made up from Colour Sound’s new proprietary BT6 product.

Jasper created designed and ran the video control from the FOH nerve centre and also created some of the content. A set of eye-catching LED cubes from Vortex Events were flown and controlled separately. Completing the visual picture.

The Common

This was a completely new area for Colour Sound this year, brought in by lighting designer Alan King of Rockin’ Horse to provide kit for four fully-scheduled performance areas – The Temple, The Cave, the ACAB bar and the Rum Shack.

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