Arcadia reveals its explosive line-up for Glastonbury 2023

Arcadia reveals its explosive line-up for Glastonbury 2023

By GFF
Arcadia Spider
Arcadia Spider · Credit: Arcadia

The Spider will be back in the fields once again at Glastonbury Festival this June and will feature a highly anticipated DJ set from The Chemical Brothers – among other electronic music heavy-hitting acts in an explosive line-up for 2023

Arcadia has now officially announced its line-up poster for Glastonbury 2023.

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement from Woodsies, this year’s line-up for the Arcadia area dropped this morning (Monday, 15th May) at 11am, after Glastonbury officials confirmed in a statement that “The Arcadia Spider returns with an explosive line-up for Glastonbury 2023!”.

Some of the names featured on the line-up poster of heavy hitters (seen below), include Floating PointsDaphni, Dubkasm, Skepta, Skream, Plastician, and The Chemical Brothers – who among others, will be performing a DJ Set at 11pm on the Friday of the Festival (23rd June), after being forced to cancel their scheduled set at Glastonbury 2022 due to band member Tom Rowlands contracting COVID at the time.

Arcadia's line-up for Glastonbury 2023
Arcadia’s line-up for Glastonbury 2023

As clearly seen in the poster above, the legendary Spider – which will once again be returning to Worth Farm for 2023 after coming back last year [2022] following its replacement by the Pangea crane in 2019 – is a 50-tone installation built mainly from recycled military hardware and can operate in all weather. It was founded by Pip Rush and Bert Cole and first appeared on the Festival grounds in 2010 – 3 years after their initial collaboration on Afterburner (which debuted in 2007 and was replaced by the Spider that year).

Some of the changes for 2023 include Arcadia adding an extra entry point for 2023 and more space after taking away some of the crew campsite (as seen on the new 2023 map) to make sure they don’t get any crowding issues.

Additionally, in September of last year, the fiery open area also teased the possibility of a new venue addition after sharing a short 11-second video clip (linked below) 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.

MORE LINE-UP NEWS

Glastonbury 2023, which this year will be held from the 21st to the 25th of June, has recently already confirmed a host of line-up posters for its individual areas and stages – including the bills for West Holts, Silver Hayes, Field of Avalon, Croissant Neuf, Left Field, Theatre & Circus Fields, The Common, Shangri-La, Woodsies, and most recently Arcadia (as mentioned above).

With less than 40 days to go until Glastonbury opens its gates, and with over 40 different line-up posters released for last year’s Festival, we can expect even more individual areas and stages to announce their dedicated line-ups over the coming weeks in the buildup to this year’s anticipated event.

Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses were officially announced as the two other headliners who will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Friday and Saturday nights of this year’s Festival (respectively). They joined Sunday night headliner Elton John who was the first headliner to be officially confirmed for Glastonbury 2023 line-up.

Although the full Glasto line-up including set times doesn’t usually get released until the end of May, this year, the first main Glastonbury 2023 line-up poster containing a taster of some of the big-name acts to perform at this year’s Festival was announced on Friday morning the 3rd of March at 9:32am – about half an hour after the initial Guardian article detailing the names on the line-up was published.

When published, the original article featured 55 artists on the list, however, it was then amended to omit one of the acts on the line-up in Queens of the Stone Age – explaining: “The number of announced artists was also reduced from 55 to 54 after an artist had been wrongly included in the initial lineup by Glastonbury organisers.”

Some of the names featured on the main line-up poster include Lizzo, Lana Del Rey, Lil Nas X, Wizkid, and Yusuf / Cat Stevens – who will take to the iconic Pyramid Stage as this year’s Sunday teatime Legend Slot performer.

The first main line-up 2023 poster (mentioned above) was then updated to move 2 Other Stage headliners (Lana Del Rey and Wizkid), Sunday Pyramid sub (Lil Nas X) and Legend Slot performer (Cat Stevens / Yusef) to the second row – as seen in the poster below.

Updated Glastonbury 2023 line-up poster, with artwork by Stanley Donwood.
The updated Glastonbury 2023 line-up poster, with artwork by Stanley Donwood.

FESTIVAL MAP & UPDATES

Glastonbury officials released the first public version of the Glastonbury 2023 map ahead of this year’s anticipated festival yesterday evening (Thursday, 11th May), which features a number of changes and adjustments across the Worthy Farm site – most of which have been expected by those who have been following the latest Glasto news.

Some other key updates and changes that have been confirmed for this year’s Festival Include:

  • Vodafone announcing a multi-year partnership with Glastonbury while replacing EE as the ‘Festival’s Official Connectivity Partner‘ – which up until 2022 was Glastonbury‘s technology partner for the seventh year running.
  • Emily Eavis confirming the renaming of the John Peel Stage to Woodsies, as well as adding a new family-orientated area of the same name which will feature a campfire.
  • Children not being allowed in the notorious after-hours south-east corner (also known as the ‘naughty corner’) after 10pm, while encouraged to seek out child-friendly areas across the site (such as the Theatre & Circus Fields, and the campfire in the new Woodsies area).
  • The removal of the stage in William’s Green in order to make room for the return of Joe Rush’s Carhenge to the Festival grounds – 36 years after it first made its appearance at Glastonbury in 1987. 
Carhenge, Glastonbury 1987

TICKET OPPORTUNITIES 

All tickets for this year’s Festival completely sold out when they originally went up for sale in November (last year).

Standard tickets for the 2023 Glastonbury Festival sold out in 61 minutes on the 6th of November [2022], after a swift sellout on the 3rd of November [2022] of tickets packaged with coach travel, which sold out in just 22 minutes.

There was then a resale of returned tickets packaged with coach travel last Thursday (20th April), which were all snapped up and sold out in just 10 minutes

That was then followed by the resale of General Admission tickets which went up for grabs on Sunday morning (23rd April) and were all gone in just 6 minutes, after going on sale at 9am.

Although tickets have completely sold out, as you can see, there are plenty of other opportunities for getting to Glasto this summer – which include as well as entering competitions, also include working and volunteering at the Festival.

As of the time of writing, there are currently 5 open running competitions for the chance of winning the golden ticket – including opportunities from Brooklyn Pilsner, GWR, National Express, Tony’s Chocolonely & Oxfam, and Brothers Cider.

Read more about all the currently running competitions for the chance to win tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival in our updated list, here.

Credit: Andrew Allcock / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

OTHER GLASTO NEWS

In other news, Glastonbury Festival in collaboration with Oxfam managed to raise more than £1 million for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)’s appeal to help communities impacted by the Turkey and Syria earthquakes.

The appeal, which came in the form of a raffle, gave participants the opportunity to win one of 10 pairs of tickets donated by the Festival to its sold-out 2023 event, each including a once-in-a-lifetime experience – such as the chance to watch a band from the side of the legendary Pyramid Stage or introduce an act on The Park Stage.

The appeal managed to raise more than £320,000 just 12 hours after launching on the 15th of February, rapidly increasing to £550,000 only 24 hours later and finally smashing its updated target of £1 million on Monday evening, the 6th of March.

The prize draw concluded at noon on the 8th of March raising a sum total of £1,044,130 from 46,390 supporters, with the draw set to take place on the 15th of March and winners notified by email and/or first-class post within 5 days of the draw date.

Prior to the Oxfam raffle mentioned above, the Festival also helped raise over £116,000 in aid of the Trussell Trust in a partnership auction to help support people facing hardship across the UK.

The money was put up in a series of 10 eBay auctions run by the food bank charity to raise funds for their network of over 1,300 food banks scattered across the country.

In this instance, similar to the Oxfam appeal, auctions offered 10 pairs of tickets which included once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for fans at the Festival.

The total from all ten Trussell Trust auctions amounted to £116,738 – with the “cheapest” pair of tickets selling for £10,200, which included the chance to watch a set from the Other Stage viewing platform.

Pyramid Stage prep at Glastonbury 2022 • Photo Credit: Neil Bremner

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 might not.

Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is: glastonbury.seetickets.com.

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