METAMORPHOSIS – THE ARCADIA SPECTACULAR – 23:00 EVERY NIGHT
“And from the heavens shall come an iron beast. Wreathed in fire and light and emitting a vibrational pulse, it shall descend upon the leylines of Glastonbury. Verily shall it connect with our world and look deep inside our souls. It shall bring euphoric unity as it journeys to the farthest reaches of our planet, until in the year of our Lord 2015, it shall return to Albion’s twin bases.
“Spellbindingly shall it sweep into an enchanted gathering of celebrants, mystics, revellers and mildly interested cows at Glastonbury, where the bearded one doth dwell. And then on to the nearby city of Bristol, where tribes drink of the sacred apple and resist conformity with a sturdy cheer. Upon that axis shall a metamorphosis begin.”
So wrote Giordano McNutter in 1523 before Nostradamus reported him to the Inquisition and he was tried for heresy. For centuries McNutter was forgotten and his prophecies buried. Until the mysterious Spider made first contact and academics rushed to comb the records for any previous reference to this strange creature.
As the dust settled in Thailand – where hazmat teams continue to seal off the landing site – a giant energy spike hurtled into UK airspace and charted a course for Glastonbury. The data flooding through the Whitehall mainframes could mean only one thing: The Spider had returned.
Space agencies, research laboratories and a global network of telescopes have detected a transformation in the Spider’s quantum field. After intensive analysis, scientists believe they have seen the Spider begin to gestate, though uncertainty rages over the cryptic spheres that flash across the observational spectrum.
Is this the metamorphosis McNutter spoke of? Would the Spider itself begin to evolve or had he foretold a seismic shift for our planet, our species and perhaps even our consciousness? Would the physical manifest the metaphysical? Would this meeting of worlds generate an inter-dimensional matrix? And would the Spider still play banging tunes?
The next few weeks will be critical. The metamorphosis has begun…
FOR 2015, ARCADIA ARE EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES AND EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW RECYCLED BIOFUEL FLAME EFFECTS WITHIN THE ARENA
Arcadia have a 360 degree inward facing soundfield. The music can only be heard within that circle, so please do step inside the outer ring of speakers for the full sonic experience.
With huge thanks to Bristol 2015 Green Capital who supported the development of the biofuel flame system and the Arts Council who supported the development of the Metamorphosis show.
WASTE CONSCIOUS CAMPING AT ARCADIA
Arcadia are sending out an open invitation to anyone who shares an ethos of respect for natural camping spaces, waste consciousness, recycling and community to join them in the public campsite at the top of their field by The Park. Arcadia will be installing a fire area on the campsite to encourage unity and connection, and will be offering a free Arcadia t-shirt to anyone who brings 3 full bags of recyclable waste to the Arcadia camping pen to help support that spirit.
Please bring reusable rather than disposable tents to help contribute positively to the space.