Glastonbury was this year wowed by the incredible creations of the scrap yard geniuses known collectively as Arcadia.
After being given their own field next door to Shangri La at this year’s Glastonbury festival, their combination of cutting edge music, mind boggling bespoke future shock stage constructions and ripping pyrotechnics rocked the party in no uncertain terms. For anyone who saw them it was one of the most spectacular night-time shows Glastonbury has ever seen.
After storming the UK festival scene in 2008 with a rocket DJ tower pumping flame balls into the sky, Arcadia upped the ante again with the birth of a full circus show and live band stage, aboard an enormous new moving hydraulic machine. Their work has taken UK festival site art to another level.
Adam Freeland said after coming off his set on the Glade Stage at Glastonbury, “Yeah it was awesome! I love doing those kind of stages man, anything goes, it’s just wild, you just go for it - flames help! Flames always help! Anything that makes the crowd go ‘yeah’! That shit works!”
Meanwhile, Zion Train said “Both as a spectacle and an experience, Arcadia was the best corner of Glastonbury festival 2009.”
Arcadia are a collective of young artists and engineers from the West Country who are constantly pushing the boundaries on the scene with their surreal creations. Growing up amongst festivals, fields and scrap yards has inspired the desire to build far-out, futuristic structures from industrial and military scrap for the purpose of positive combustion.
Arcadia has been creating installations since 2006 and will continue to generate more positive power with the next level of the DJ rocket stage featuring an explosive electronic line-up at this years’ Glade Festival.
“We are well chuffed to have the Arcadia posse again at Glade Festival this year” said Glade Festival promoter Nick Ladd “I have been to Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert many times and believe me the work Arcadia are currently putting out is on a par with anything I have seen out there – it’s world class.”
More on Arcadia at www.arcadiaspectacular.com
Date: Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th July 2009
Tickets £125 + £7 bf from gladefestival.com
Children / Teenagers: Under 12’s free if accompanied with an adult. 13 – 15year olds are allowed but must be accompanied by an adult - tickets cost £125 + bf.
Location: Matterley Bowl, Winchester, Hampshire
Entrance: gates open midday Thursday 16thJuly
Hours: Thursday midday – late | Friday midday – 4am | Saturday midday – 6am | Sunday midday – midnight [subject to licensing] Bars will be open 24 hours a day.