Arcadia Reveals New Installation Amid Glastonbury 2024 Line-Up Announcement

Arcadia reveals new installation amid Glastonbury 2024 line-up announcement

"A new installation, a new generation and new frontiers of innovation – 2024 is a year of renewal."

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Unserviceable Navy Westland Sea King helicopter
Unserviceable Navy Westland Sea King helicopter · Credit: Taran Rowse

The team behind Arcadia at Glastonbury Festival have announced they are replacing the Spider with a giant Dragonfly in the line-up reveal for this year’s edition.

Arcadia Spider
Arcadia Spider · Credit: Arcadia

Created by Pip Rush and Bert Cole, the Spider has seen the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Sasha and many other big-name artists play the iconic stage — following its first appearance on the Festival grounds in 2010, only 3 years after Rush and Cole’s initial collaboration on Afterburner (which debuted in 2007 and was replaced by the Spider that year).

Since then, the much-loved Spider has appeared at every Festival year except in 2019, where it was replaced by a giant repurposed crane dubbed ‘Pangea’ for that edition.

Arcadia Pangea
Arcadia Pangea · Credit: Lukonic Photography

Now, announcing the news via their official social channels this morning (Wednesday, 22nd May) at 11am, Glastonbury officials revealed the latest Arcadia installation will not feature the Spider, but rather a “giant biomechanical” dragonfly, saying: “Arcadia kicks off a new chapter at Glastonbury 2024 with their boldest installation yet!”

While adding: “The Dragonfly, a giant biomechanical creature, will awaken at the heart of an evolved geometric space, exploring our relationship with technology and how we adapt to a changing climate.”

Rumours first started circling as to a possible new installation back in 2022 when the Arcadia team teased a short 11-second clip video (shown below), of what appeared 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.

Finally, in today’s unveiling announcement, while ending the ongoing speculations, it has been confirmed that the new incarnation of the DJ-focused dance area, now known as Dragonfly, is indeed “built from an ex-military Royal Navy helicopter.”

The statement continues: “The Dragonfly repurposes a weapon of destruction into a unifying symbol. As conflicts flare around the world, the transformational nature of the sculpture is a monument to hope.״

Adding: “The transformation of the first dragonfly to mark the dawn of a new season resonates through cultures, none older than the Aboriginal First Nations of Australia. Each night, Arcadia and representatives of the Wadjuk Noongar nation will perform Warraloo, a spectacular ceremony that sees The Dragonfly burst into life. It celebrates possibility in epic style, inviting reflection on a changing climate and ways to navigate it through cooperation and the creative use of technology.”

As shown in the poster below, featured on this year’s Arcadia line-up are such names as Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Barry Can’t Swim, Joy Orbison, and Hot Chip — as well as Shygirl who will also present Club Shy, whilst HAAi will play a B2B set with Ki/Ki, whilst Joy (Anonymous) will play a B2B with Salute.

In addition to confirming that its “amphibious” The Bug stage will be roaming the Arcadia field again this year, though the line-up for the vehicle (which has yet to be announced), Arcadia organisers also revealed that it will be launching a new day-time kids area for Glastonbury 2024, dubbed The Alchemists’ PlaygroundDescribed as being “a collaboration with constructive play specialists Woodland Tribe – a forge of ideas, workshops and creative adventure.”

Meanwhile, following the first line poster which was revealed back in March and included the initial wave of acts confirmed for this year’s event, Glastonbury organisers have been progressively rolling out separate posters for the Festival’s many areas and stages.

Glastonbury’s cinema tent, Pilton Palais revealed its film and Q&A line-up for 2024 just four days ago on the 20th of May, before Unfairground did so on the 17th of May, which followed Strummerville‘s revelation on the 16th of May.

The Free University of Glastonbury also dropped their programme on 16th of May, saying: “It’s here! A selection of brilliant minds spewing words of wisdom and sultry sounds, to feed those hungry (and likely hungover) brains throughout the festival weekend… What a weekend it’s set to be.”

Before that, The Park area announced their line-up on the 15th of May at 12 noon, while confirming two new venues for this summer’s event; The Wishing Well and Scissors — which will replace the legendary Rabbit Hole, after 17 years of activity on site.

The Poetry & Words team also released their line-up poster for 2024 via their official Facebook page on the 14th of May – along with revealing some exciting plans for a new Spoken Word Theatre, which you can read all about here.

 
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Other poster bills already released include Glasto Latino (13th May), Croissant Neuf (8th May), Theatre & Circus (6th May), KIdzfield (4th May), The Common (3rd May), Left Field (1st May), Woodsies (30th April), Silver Hayes (29th April), West Holts (26th April), The Glade (22nd April), Shangri-La (19th April), Field of Avalon (16th April) and Acoustic Stage – which was the first area to kick off the string of area announcements on the 12th of April.

Some exciting updates and changes for Glastonbury 2024 include the introduction of a brand-new stage in the Shangri-La area, called Arrivals, which will be dedicated entirely to South Asian talent — as well as a renamed Peace stage (formerly Truth).

Silver Hayes will introduce a reimagined version of the former WOW stage in the form of a new indoor space called Assembly — in addition to a new wellness area called Room that will feature sound baths, meditation, yoga and more.

Other changes for 2024 include the new Tree Stage in the Woodsies area which is being described as: “A new outdoor venue, set beneath an oak tree décor canopy, zeroing into the immersive, ambient and experimental” — while The Park area has announced the departure of its legendary Rabbit Hole, which will make way for two brand-new venues; The Wishing Well and Scissors.

The Glastonbury Festival site overlooking The Park area and Ribbon Tower.
Glastonbury site overlooking The Park’s Ribbon Tower (2015) · Credit: Rachel D

Despite all tickets completely selling out after going up for the final re-sale in April this year, there are still several competitions currently running for the chance of winning tickets to this year’s Festival.

Glastonbury will return to Worthy Farm from June 26 to 30 this year, with Dua Lipa, Coldplay, and SZA set to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage — alongside Shania Twain who will take on the coveted Tea Time Legends Slot on the Sunday afternoon.

With only less than 40 days to go until Glastonbury opens its gates for this summer’s event next month, we can expect more individual areas and stages to announce their dedicated line-ups over the coming days before the full bill including stage times hopefully gets revealed sometime at the end of May / beginning of June.

In the meantime, you can click here to view our daily updated list of acts confirmed, rumoured and unlikely to perform at Glastonbury 2024, so far.

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