Glastonbury’s Arcadia teases new possible venue addition

Short video clip shows out-of-service helicopter which could potentially be featured at Glastonbury 2023

Arcadia Glastonbury‘s DJ-focused dance area featuring the much-loved Spider stage – has piqued the interest of fans after posting quite a peculiar message to their official social channels earlier today (Friday, 16th September).

The message (seen below), shared via Arcadia’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, features a short 11-second clip of what appears to be an out-of-service Royal Navy helicopter being towed by a truck – accompanied by the caption “Got carried away on eBay”, alongside the hashtag #ArcadiaSepctacular.

Expressing anticipation for what might be a new addition to Glastonbury’s southwest-located dance area, one fan said: “Looking forward to seeing what the Arcadia family do with it” – to which Arcadia replied: “We’ve got some ideas…”

Screenshot: Arcadia Facebook fan response • Date: 16 September 2022

Taking a closer look at the unserviceable helicopter, which appears to be a Royal Navy Westland Sea King, one could speculate that the aircraft scraps were salvaged from the abandoned plane graveyard at Predannack Airfield in Cornwall.

According to Wikipedia – on 26 September 2018, the last remaining Sea King variant in Royal Navy service was retired, with most of the operators having been replaced, or are planning to replace, the Sea King with more modern helicopters, such as the NHIndustries NH90 and the AgustaWestland AW101.

Arcadia was founded by creative engineers Bert Cole and Pip Rush, both inspired by nature and driven to unite people for positive change.

Incubated at Glastonbury Festival, Arcadia self-proclaims to “draw on talent from across the arts, theatre and circus disciplines, supporting cultural celebrations and iconic music festivals around the globe.”

Arcadia’s iconic fire-breathing Spider returned to Worthy Farm for the most recent edition of the Festival in 2022, after it wasn’t seen on the site grounds since 2018, due to it being replaced with the Pangea crane in 2019. 

Arcadia’s flame-throwing Spider in action • Credit: Martin Curtis
Arcadia Pangea • Year: 2019 • Credit: Lukonic Photography

After the Glastonbury 2019 ended, the plan to keep Pangea’s 20-meter crane base at the festival site year-round until 2023 was rejected by Mendip District Council and speculation had it that the cost of completely taking it down and rebuilding it each Festival-year was just too high for the Arcadia team’s budget.

The crane base, seen in the image below, was a steel structure, 20.4-meter tall, part of the approximately 50-meter tall crane in total, which was removed from the semi-permanent fixture prior to the 2022 Glastonbury Festival, in preparation for the installation of the returning Spider.

The Arcadia Pangea temporary base (painted green) • Credit: Kerry Suzie Sudbury


Glastonbury 2022 was brought to a close on Sunday (26 June) by headliner Kendrick Lamar who closed the Pyramid Stage that night.

Lamar’s performance came after the Festival made history with both the youngest-ever headliner in Gen-Z, icon Billie Eilish, and the oldest-ever headline in Sir Paul McCartney, both playing a pandemic-delayed 50th birthday bash for the greatest music festival in the world – three years after the last instalment took place in 2019.

During his historic headline performance, Macca wowed the crowds with a show-stopping setlist which included surprise guest appearances from both Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl as well as American-born star Bruce Springsteen.

Other highlights included Diana Ross commanding a mammoth crowd at her Sunday teatime Legends Slot.

The Motown soul singer treated the crowd to a selection of classics including ‘I’m Coming Out’, ‘Baby Love’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love’ and at the conclusion of ‘Chain Reaction’ pink confetti was launched from the Pyramid Stage.

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Glastonbury 2022 • Credit: Go Places Do Things

2022 saw one of the fastest Glastonbury clean-ups in the event’s history, with the first of the cows being spotted back in the fields on Monday, the 4th of July.

Campers started packing up their belongings and leaving the Festival site on a chilly Monday morning (27th June), as the Glastonbury clean-up litter picking army was already deep-dug down into work on returning Worthy Farm to its natural clean and rubbish-free status in preparation for the next edition of the Festival.

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The five-day event was watched by a record number of people on the BBC’s digital platforms – as streams on iPlayer more than doubled compared to 2019.

Glastonbury 2023 will take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of June.

As with every Glastonbury-year, the speculation about who might play the legendary festival is always very high, and with the 2023 Festival fast approaching, the Glasto Rumour Mill has already begun to spin.

Although the first line-up poster doesn’t usually get revealed until around March/April time, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May/beginning of June – there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.

Some of the big-name acts to be rumoured for a possible performance at Glastonbury 2023 include the Spice GirlsArctic Monkey, Elton John and most recently Roxy Music which are presumed to be a strong contender to play the coveted Sunday afternoon Teatime Legends Slot.

The first wave of Glastonbury 2023 tickets traditionally goes on sale in October, which is then usually followed by a resale of any unpaid or cancelled tickets sometime in the Spring (March/April).

In addition to the ticket sales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include entering competitions, working at the Festival and volunteering – once those options make themselves available.

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.

Don’t be fooled

Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.

Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers to the Festival might not know that tickets are only sold on one site which is: – and any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival are not authentic.

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