The Glastonbury area Arcadia consists of DJs, acts that scale the ceiling and is centred around stunning pryotechnics that flare up in time with the music. Feast your eyes on possibly the most stunning sight at Glastonbury.
Arcadia designers Pip Rush and Bertie Cole have been coming to Glastonbury since they were children and have been running an area at the festival since 2008.
Worried about the eco-friendliness – or lack thereof – of those flames? Cole told NME: “We’ve got the world’s first biofuel-powered flame system… The biofuel is recycled – it comes from Bristol’s chip shops.” Delicious.
The flames burst in time to the music. Their reactiveness is largely down to their eco-friendly nature, Rush told us: “It used to be that if you wanted a flame you needed a gas explosion, but the biofuel system is much more snappy so you can pick up the different beats [of the music the DJs are playing]. We’ve still got the gas – just because a few times a night you just want that massive shockwave.”
Carl Cox, DJ Hype, Hazard, Paul Kalkbrenne, Todd Terry and Craig Charles are al palying at Arcadia this weekend.
“The idea is that there’s something for everyone,” Cole told us. “We don’t want it to get pigeon-holed; it’s a universal thing.”
At 11.30pm, the enormous spider is scaled by mini-spiders who pick people out of the crowd and absorbs them into egg cocoons. When they emerge again, they are are – in Rush’s words – “a Tesla guy who can emit bolts of lightning through his head [and] a deep-water jellyfish.”
Still not convinced? Get to Arcadia for 11.30pm and prepare to have your mind blown.