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Festival Guide: Arcadia

After last year's success, Arcadia is set to return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

It’s back! Having dominated the East London skyline with its now-iconic spider structure last year, Arcadia returns to London’s Queen Elizabeth Park for its second year. Melting together spectacular visuals and state of the art sound, the festival – running from Saturday 4 until Sunday 5 May 2019 – promises a techno and bass heavy experience for lovers of all things Electronic, and those looking for a good time.

With Arcadia unveiling their stellar line-up, here’s a little more about things to come.


What’s Arcadia then?

If you’ve ever been to Glastonbury you would have encountered a ginormous spider-like structure pumping out pyrotechnics and the best Electronic music on offer. Well, the good people behind this incredible experience brought the spectacle to London for an unmissable two-day festival last May. It went so well, that now they are back to do it all over again.

Don’t just take our word for it though. Here’s what last year looked like:


Where’s it happening?

Once again, Arcadia will take to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – an epic backdrop for what will be another unbelievable weekender.

This year, the event is split into the techno-filled Saturday and the bass-heavy Sunday. Arcadia promises an eruption of roots, colour, energy and fire, all unfolding around the iconic megastructures.

Marking the only UK stop for the Spider, Arcadia will host the ever-evolving Metamorphosis show, as well as the return of The Reactor – a 360 degree immersive indoor experience.

Everything will be bigger, with new sculptures, new installations, and ground-breaking performances.

Who’s playing?

Saturday 4 May 2019

Helix – Arcadia’s house and techno offering – will take over the venue. on Saturday 4 May 2019. Leading the charge is dancefloor legend Jamie Jones, who will combine an exclusive set with a ground-breaking new finale that has been developed in collaboration with Arcadia especially for the Spider.

Jamie Jones will be joined by Hot Since 82, German heavyweights Pan-Pot, deep house star Maya Jane Coles and special guest Sasha. Plus there’s techno powerhouse Alan Fitzpatrick, Dave Clarke, Dense & Pika’s Arcadia debut, Melé, and rising Swedish star La Fleur, who reunites with Hot Since 82 after a triumphant 2018 Ibiza season.

Disco queen Kirsty Harper, Maxxi Soundsystem, groove duo PBR Streetgang, Pillowtalk and William Djoko complete Saturday’s bill.

Sunday 5 May 2019

Radium takes over on the Sunday, erupting as the legendary UKF take the helm to celebrate their tenth anniversary. They’ll be joined by turntablist extraordinaire DJ EZ, whose breath-taking flair and gravity defying technical genius will be pitted against Arcadia’s full arsenal in a brand new closing show.

Joining EZ are Sub Focus and ID, Flava D, Lady Leshurr and very special guest Lethal Bizzle, Ed Rush and Optical, original junglists Fabio and Grooverider, Bristol don Notion teams up with Bushbaby, and there’s sets from The Prototypes and Toddla T and Chimpo too.

Further announcements for the Sunday include Around the World in 80 Tunes, Benny L and Circuits – a collaboration from Kasra and Inside Info, reggae junglist Ed Solo, Jus Now and Eva Lazarus, LUCY, Mollie Collins, Particle, Slipmatt and the Blast DJs with MCs 2Shy, Jakes and Texas keeping the flow rolling.

I want in! Arcadia sounds amazing.

It really does. And that’s not all. Headline collaborations are still to be revealed and very special guests still to be announced. Arcadia is well and truly back in 2019.

Tickets for Arcadia are available now through our friends at Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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