Arcadia has confirmed that its first London event will take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The two-day festival is on 5-6 May 2018.
Arcadia founders, Pip Rush and Bert Cole, commented: “Heading home from our world tour, we can’t wait to unleash the very best of the last decade to celebrate our tenth anniversary and open a new chapter for the road ahead.”
The performing arts collective has also announced the first wave of acts including Leftfield and RAM Records.
The pinnacle of the event will be the nightly Metamorphosis show, featuring incredible aerial performers suspended from the spiders’ legs, and ‘Lords of Lightning’ shooting two million volts of lightning from their bodies.
The two-day event, which celebrates the performance art collective’s 10th anniversary, will see a different musical identity on each day while Arcadia’s spellbinding Metamorphosis show is performed on both nights.
Londoners will have the chance to step inside Arcadia’s immersive world, where 50-foot fireballs ignite with a thunderous shockwave, multi-million-volt bolts of lightning crackle through the arena, robotic creatures swoop from the sky and thousands let their spirits fly.
Saturday 5 May will see house and techno as the primary musical heartbeat with Leftfield as the first artists to be announced.
Leftism is one of the most significant albums in dance music history, proving inspirational at the beginning of Arcadia’s journey and the bands’ performance on the Spider will be a key 10th anniversary moment.
Sunday 6 May will be bass music driven by the legendary RAM Records hosting the Spider.
With over a quarter of a century at the cutting edge of dance music, RAM has gone from strength to strength, creating a unique musical hub that has helped define the very essence of drum n bass.
Teaming up with London event specialists LWE, Arcadia is set to announce the full spectrum of stages, artists, performances, special guests and installations in the coming weeks.
Will Harold, director of LWE, commented: “It’s a real honour to be working with the award-winning Arcadia team and welcoming them to London for their tenth anniversary. These announcements are just the beginning, and we’re hugely excited to unleash the full Arcadia experience in the capital.”