An “evolving show in the sky” is coming to this year’s Glastonbury

"A vast new project is taking shape at Glastonbury"

The team behind Arcadia has revealed that a vast new show in the sky will debut at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Staff at Arcadia say they are in the throes of working with “giant bits of machinery” as part of a new skyward spectacle that will replace the festival’s staple: a giant, fire-breathing mechanical spider.

The attraction will be staged in the usual Arcadia spot in a field next to the Park Stage, which Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis previously described as “radical” and set to “raise the bar”.


A spokesman for Arcadia said: “Same field – new world! We are currently wrestling giant bits of machinery.

Arcadia Spider
Arcadia Spider

“A vast new project is taking shape at Glastonbury that will lay the foundations for a new site-specific landscape and an evolving show in the sky over the next five years” [via SomersetLive].

Meanwhile, on Monday (February 25) Arcadia announced that it has cancelled its London event.

Plans had been in place to stage Arcadia in London once again in 2019, with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic booked to host to the event for the second time from May 4-5.

But organisers say they were forced to cancel the show because they were not “confident of hitting the targets” that would allow the development of a “new experience”, as well as honour their existing commitment to Glastonbury.


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The festival has to date confirmed Stormzy as its Friday headliner. Kylie Minogue has been announced to play the Sunday afternoon legends slot while Janelle Monae will top the bill on West Hoults Stage.

Glastonbury Festival returns June 26-30 following a fallow year in 2018.