Festival season officially begun over the bank holiday weekend, with the world-famous events specialist Arcadia, descending on London’s Olympic Park for its 10th Anniversary celebrations. Officially going down as the hottest bank holiday since records began, the scene couldn’t have been better set for a successful weekend of sun and spiders.
With ten years of experience under their belts, the Arcadia team have been around the block enough to know how to throw an event together, and this was clear from the get-go with a quick and painless, yet thorough search procedure, complimented by friendly staff and security throughout.
The trademark Spider was as jaw-dropping as ever, with the ariel spectacle of circus and performance, crossed with extensive light shows and production values, all topped off with a lick of flame. That being said, one of the spider’s drawing points is to get even more immersed in the experience, by venturing underneath the stage, of which you couldn’t do for some reason at this event. Definitely a shame.
In keeping with Arcadia’s 360 approach to stage design, the all-new Reactor arena was a welcomed addition to the festival, with equally impressive design and production, providing a certain rival to the spider. Again however, it wasn’t completely without fault, as the stage was closed disappointingly early on Saturday, and a strange fishy smell drifted and wafted throughout.
Boasted by some of the industry’s most pioneering (Leftfield, Groove Armada, Noisia) and the ever-present (Dusky, Eats Everything, Delta Heavy), the odds were always heavily in Arcadia’s favour, particularly with the roaring sunshine. Despite a few minor shortcomings, the 10th Anniversary Celebrations were an undoubted success.
The Arcadia experience is like nothing out there in the festival circuit. The spectacle of sound, light and performance is truly a feat to be admired, and it’s all without sacrificing production and sound quality. For one of the most immersive music event experiences, make sure you look out for the next time the Spider comes to town.