As the mighty Arcadia gear up to take London by storm this May Day Bank Holiday weekend, a second wave of artists has been announced across two 360 degree immersive worlds.
Saturday 5th May sees Leftfield live joined by a living legend – the one and only Sven Väth. Saddling up the Spider for the first time, his signature sound is primed to bring a whole new dimension to the biomechanical beast.
One of the biggest characters in dance music, Eats Everything, is back at the helm following past Arcadia appearances at Glastonbury and Miami. Cutting up anthems and underground gems with a mischievous grin, his irrepressible energy flows through the entire dancefloor.
Iconic house duo Groove Armada have been at the top of their game for 20 years. Andy & Tom have laid down some of Arcadia’s most memorable party sets at Glastonbury in the past. Utterly captivating, they’re back to work their magic for the biggest Arcadia event yet.
Dusky popped their Arcadia cherry at Glastonbury 2017 and are locked and loaded to take things next level in London. Fusing uplifting retro dance music with uptempo rhythm and chunky bassline, everything they touch turns to gold – not least their 2017 appearance that triggered calls for their return.
A maverick through-and-through, Boys Noize will be firing sonic electrons from all angles – switching up styles, tempos and rhythms into a breakneck ride. Describing his first Arcadia experience as one of the most memorable sets ever, he’s cooking up an absolute storm for London.
Sunday 6th of May detonates a day of seismic bass from across the spectrum.
Chart-topping Londoners Rudimental are masters of the crossover anthem, with a string of chart hits and wide ranging critical acclaim under their belts. Having rocked the Spider in Seoul, South Korea during Arcadia’s world tour – the mission ever since has been to do it on home soil. Mission accomplished.
Joining them is the musical particle accelerator who are Noisia. Dark, gleaming and turbulent, their laser-guided soundscapes thunder with intensity and a taut, volatile energy. Noisia and Arcadia colliding in the middle of London? Brace yourselves.
TQD‘s phenomenal rise keeps ramping in velocity. The trio of Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D, are electric live, rampaging through turbo-charged garage flavours, jacking rhythms and badman basslines in a full blown dancefloor tear-up.
Preditah and Bassboy will play B2B, setting the charge on an intense ride. Expect high energy and fistfuls of urban attitude flying thick and fast. East London is on lockdown.
The US East Coast has long been a crucible of creative innovation and Mixpak are driving a whole new wave. Dre Skull and Jubilee will be juggling the freshest cuts as bass music, hip hop and futurist RnB collide on a mesmerising musical curve.
And of course Sunday will also feature a RAM Records Showcase as the legendary drum n bass label hijack Arcadia’s molten world to bring the mayhem!
The highlight on both nights of Arcadia’s biggest ever production will be the world famous Metamorphosis show. Fusing spine-tingling theatre, high-octane circus and the full Arcadia creative spectrum – it makes its highly-anticipated London debut this May. There truly is no other show on Earth like it!
Details of a second 360 degrees immersive venue alongside the iconic 50 tonne Spider are still a closely guarded secret. But it will be covered, allowing for a fully blacked out explosion of sound, light and performance from early in the afternoon.
With more artists, installations and production details still to be announced, the show at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be the only opportunity to experience Arcadia in the UK this year.
The monumental one-off celebration will mark the award-winning collective’s 10th Anniversary, the Year of the Engineer, the 250th Anniversary of Circus and an unforgettable moment in both the capital’s cultural calendar and history.