Many big names have performed on Arcadia’s DJ stage, which is shaped like the body of a huge arachnid and accordingly named Spider. Skrillex, Orbital, Adam Freeland, Fat Boy Slim... they were all ecstatic after the experience. Said DJane Mary Anne Hobbs after climbing down from the Spider cockpit: „Never in my whole career have I performed on such an incredible stage.“
Spider, designed by Arcadia founders Pip Rush and Bertie Cole, is a unique construction of old plane turbines, fishing boat cranes, helicopter parts and fire engine ladders. It typically takes three days to set up the scary looking contraption at a venue.
Arcadia opened up new worlds. From now on, festivals must offer more than just music and food.
Arcadia launched at the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts in 2008. Nobody had ever seen a show like it: Audience and critics alike felt as if swept away by some kind of audiovisual tsunami. With that very first performance, Arcadia defined what festivals in the future would have to offer audiences. Entertainment only of music and food would never again be enough.
Arcadia has remained a regular performer at Glastonbury. The company also participates in Scotland’s T in the Park and Electric Picnic festivals, and once even staged their rave event in Thailand. Last year, the Association of Independent Festivals awarded Spider with the — newly minted — award for Mind-Blowing Spectacles.