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Arcadia announces Spectacular event for Glasto fallow year

The one-off Arcadia show will take place in the UK next May, coinciding with Glastonbury Festival's traditional year off

By IQ on 07 Nov 2017

Spider, Arcadia Spectacular, Glastonbury 2015

The Spider at Glasto 2015

image © Ben Daure/Glastonbury Festivals

Performing arts collective Arcadia Spectacular – best known for its 50-ton fire-breathing Spider, a fixture of Glastonbury Festival for a decade – has announced plans for a standalone Arcadia event during Glastonbury’s 2018 fallow year.

Described as a “high-octane weekend of immersive spectacle”, the one-off event will take place next May, with exact dates and a location yet to be announced.

Since debuting at Glastonbury 2007, Bristol-based Arcadia’s Afterburner shows – which combine elements of music, pyrotechnics, lighting, sound, sculpture and circus – have appeared at music festivals across the globe, including Rhythm and Vines in New Zealand, Love Saves the Day in the UK and Ultra in Miami.

Its next event is a standalone Arcadia show at Riverside Park in Taipei, Taiwan, this weekend (11–12 November).

The new UK show is one of several new events launched to coincide with Glastonbury’s traditional year off, joining All Points East, AEG’s new Victoria Park event, and the replacement for V Festival.


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