Undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable and breathtaking stages on the festival circuit, Arcadia’s colossal mechanical spider has long been a regular fixture at Glastonbury, billowing pyrotechnics and cacophonous DJ sets around the festival to crowds of awestruck onlookers on a yearly basis.
Yet whilst the stage might be a familiar sight on Worthy Farm, in 2015 Team Love joined forces with and the Arcadia crew for a wildly ambitious new undertaking- bringing the spider to the very heart of Bristol.
Dubbed ‘Arcadia: Metamorphosis’, the sold-out two-day spectacular saw the iconic spider land in the historic Queens Square replete with aerial performers, breathtaking laser shows and climactic sets from Annie Mac, Eats Everything and Bristol’s own Roni Size co-programmed by Tom & Dave along with the Arcadia directors.
Whilst the Arcadia crew undertook the mammoth task of building the set from the ground up, Team Love assumed responsibility for all aspects of production for the show, dealing with everything from site layout to event control as well as the not-inconsiderable feat of securing licensing agreements in conjunction with Bristol City Council and all blue light agencies.
Sustainability is a key tenet of Team Love’s philosophy, and in keeping with this- as well as Bristol’s status as 2015 European Green Capital- the pyrotechnic show was powered entirely by biofuel, a world first for an event of Arcadia: Metamorphosis’ size. Numerous other eco-minded initiatives were deployed to ensure that the event’s carbon footprint was kept to a minimum, and just a matter of months on from the event Queens Square has been lovingly restored to its original verdant state.