A huge mechanical spider has been spotted at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The alien-like creature, which has been previously sighted at both Glastonbury and Boomtown festival, represents an entirely new threat in which the UK’s capital has never before witnessed. Arcadia has arrived.
Coming armed with the expected array of flamethrowers, mysterious creatures and rip-curling basslines, the 50 tonne spider is set to mark its 10th anniversary with a two-day UK appearance guaranteed to cause mass hysteria.
We are still in the dark about the true extent of the upcoming chaos swiftly approaching this bank holiday weekend, but we are aware of four reasons why this rare sighting should not be missed, and have gathered photographic intel on the Arcadia invasion.
Here’s what we know…
A stage like none other in existence.
A humungous mechanical spider shooting fire along with heavy basslines. What more could you possibly want to witness in life? Made from entirely recycled materials, including an engine running solely on vegetable oil, Arcadia resembles one of the most ground-breaking creations in stage production history. Boasting a complete 360 environment for the crowd, the stage will play host to the likes of Rudimental, Groove Armada, TQD and an explosive closing set courtesy of Noisia.
The Metamorphis Show
As day turns to night, Arcadia’s Metamorphis show springs into life - bringing with it a truly immersive experience that will leave you watching on in awe. From mini mechanical spiders crawling above the crowd and creatures flying through the air, to figures on totems holding lighting rods and people being grabbed from the crowd. The Metamorphis show is a spine-tingling spectacle not to be missed.
The Reactor represents a brand new addition for Arcadia’s 10th Anniversary. Shrouded in mystery and darkness, this stage takes place under a covered arena - unlike its gigantic mechanical counterpart. Taking the form of another intense 360 environment, the indoor arena has been likened to travelling through a portal into another dimension - with vivid geometric lasers, a unique rounded stage structure and dazzling performances. The mammoth Ram Records showcase on the Sunday is one not to be missed.
An ancient aboriginal ceremony
The bare foundations of Arcadia’s purpose is built on connecting people through music and culture. As Arcadia’s organisers have said, ‘For thousands of years, people have danced around fire to celebrate the arrival of summer. Here comes the 21st century remix.’ This weekend will see something even more unique than the spider itself - an ancient aboriginal ceremony courtesy of the Whadjuk Noongar nation, which will unite one of the world’s most ancient ceremonial traditions with one of the most futuristic in Arcadia.
Arcadia will take over London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.
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