This year, Arcadia is bringing its iconic 50-ton fire-breathing spider stage back to Glastonbury.
The performance art and event crew will join the Glastonbury 2022 edition once again after its initial ‘incubation’, as the team call it, at the festival.
“The Arcadia Spider was born at Glastonbury, rapidly becoming one the festival’s best-loved destinations,” reads a press release.
Built with environmental consciousness in mind, the Arcadia spider is made from repurposed military hardware featuring flame-throwing antennae and enormous, crowd-lurching legs.
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This year, the Spider will welcome some firsts in both Glastonbury and electronic music history: a debut Glastonbury performance from Calvin Harris, and a back-to-back jungle set from Carl Cox and Chase and Status.
Also featuring on the Arcadia line-up are drum ’n’ bass favourites Sub Focus b2b Dimension, Nia Archives, UKG don DJ EZ, and special sets from Four Tet, TSHA, Jon Hopkins, Kurupt FM, and a Hospitality Records takeover.
The Spider’s creative engineers Pip Rush and Bert Cole said on its return: “It’s been three long years since the Glastonbury family were all together. Bringing the Spider back felt like the perfect way to reunite - we can’t wait to fire her up.”
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Since its inauguration at Glastonbury Festival, the Arcadia Spider has toured far-flung corners of the world. The spider sits amongst other iconic stages from Arcadia such as the Afterburner, most notably spotted at Arizona’s Burning Man.
“The Spider is fully rigged with a vast array of effects from moveable limbs firing C02, to heavyweight pyrotechnics, to piercing lasers to cutting edge lighting,” Arcadia’s website reads.
Find the full line-up for Arcadia’s iconic spider stage at Glastonbury below.
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