!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/4f7cc892ac25cf0001000008.jpg!The mechanical, fire-breathing beast of a festival stage that is Arcadia is taking a year off to with no Glastonbury this summer to go on a pyrotechnic extravaganza of a tour. There will be a new, exclusive, one-off show with the mega 50-tonne spider structure at Bristol’s BoomTown Fair in August and a collaboration of imported fire art, circus and mechanical sculptures at Bestival in September. The team will also be venturing into Europe for the first time.
At BoomTown Arcadia will take over a whole area with their monstrous Spider, fully equipped with all the lasers, light shows and gargantuan flames that have become expected at the Glastonbury shows, but with some BoomTown modifications. Described as a ‘rave meets circus with an aliens twist’, the stage will see Dirtyphonics, Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Shy FX, Plump DJs, Chris Liberator b2b D.A.V.E. The Drummer and Ratpack performing. There will be fire art from Burning Man, the Lords of Lightning from New Zealand and The Armadillo – a six-wheeled animated sound system sculpture built out of a tank causing mayhem wherever it goes.
Arcadia will of course appear for their regular end-of-season show at Bestival with an outdoor cabaret that plays host to circus acts, mechanical sculptures and fire. Arcadia will also provide a new mini 360 degree stage, known as the UFO, in place of The Afterburner to slam out the tunes. Keep an eye out for Arcadia’s recognisable structures at other UK events including the UFO at Rockness and the famous flaming lampposts and lightning men at BrisFest.
The festival favourite will take to the seas this year for ‘Arcadia Abroad’, commencing with a two-week trip to India spent with local artists and engineers touring giant ship scrapyards with the aim to design an installation that can tour across India this winter, each with a unique twist added by locals using local materials. Then at the end of the UK summer Arcadia will be heading out to the USA for a new event Catalpa in New York City and then a final pilgrimage to contribute to Burning Man in September.
With each festival, event and reclamation trip that Arcadia encounter, the team, inspiration and skills grow. In the way their sculptures are an ever-evolving mechanism, so too are the crew behind it; filtering down from the founders underlying mission to inspire, recycle, support and expand on the grass roots and underground raw talent within the arts and party scenes in the UK. Arcadia truly is an untamed beast, spawned from a twisted liaison between metal, fire, sculpture, electricity and music, where the creativity and skills know no bounds!
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