Arcadia Festival Brings The Bass (And Giant Robot Spiders) To London In 2018

The two-day Arcadia Festival is heading to the Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth Olympic Park in spring 2018.

Arachnophobes might want to steer clear of east London on May 5-6. That’s when the performance art collective Arcadia are celebrating their tenth anniversary with a weekend of juicy beats and spidery, post-apocalyptic spectacle.

Dance music pioneers Leftfield will be headlining Saturday night, supported by Sven Väth, Boys Noize, Dusky, Eats Everything and a DJ set from Groove Armada. On Sunday, Rudimental will be DJing, along with Noisia, TQD, and a showcase from drum’n’bass legends RAM Records. Looming over it all will be performers shooting out million-volt sparks, robotic creatures and aerial acrobats. The full lineup so far:

The spidery centrepiece, which is constructed out of recycled jet engines, helicopter tails and scanning machines, was first unveiled at Glastonbury, but has since toured the world from Miami to the Australian outback. This is the first time it has menaced the capital, however…

Photo: Ben Duare

Are you ready to submit to your new arachnid overlord – and have a cheeky dance while you’re at it?

The event runs each day from midday ’til 10.30pm – last entry is at 6 pm – so you can have a riotous time and still make the last train home. The nearest stations are Stratford and Stratford International.

Tickets are available here from £49.50.