Arcadia London 2019 has been cancelled, organisers have confirmed.
The spectacular, which has long been a staple attraction at Glastonbury, debuted in the capital last year as a result of the fallow year on Worthy Farm in 2018.
Plans had been in place to stage Arcadia in London once again in 2019, with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park once again booked to play host to the event from May 4-5 – see the proposed line-up below.
Spinning an all engulfing new web the across the capital
The London lineup is LIVE
— Arcadia (@A_rcadia) January 23, 2019
However, organisers have now taken the decision to cancel this year’s event as they weren’t “confident of hitting the targets” that would allow the development of a “new experience” and honour their existing commitment to Glastonbury.
“After planning for last year’s Arcadia 10th anniversary event to be a one-off celebration, we received such strong feedback that we hoped to creatively evolve the event for a second year with a host of innovative new performance elements,” the statement from Arcadia’s organisers reads.
“As we stand, we aren’t confident of hitting the targets that would allow us to develop that new experience and the pressures of a difficult market would risk serious knock on effects to Arcadia’s other commitments; especially Glastonbury. Taking these factors into consideration, it is with great regret that Arcadia London will not be going ahead in 2019.
“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. Arcadia’s priority must be to honour the support that Glastonbury have shown over this past decade.
“Huge thanks to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for helping make last year so special – and for being so understanding and supportive this year.
“We’re sorry if we’ve let anyone down. We have made this decision now to minimise impact. The London festival has ceased to trade and we have spoken with all ticket outlets who will be processing refunds. Please contact the outlet through which you purchased your tickets if you have any specific questions.”
Despite the cancellation, organisers are still planning to take the Arcadia experience overseas – with 2019 tour dates expected to be announced soon.