At the end of 2018, rumors swirled that the Arcadia Spider wouldn’t be returning to Ultra. By March, those rumors has been substantiated, as Resistance Island featured its own array of stages custom built for the festival. Two months later, the Arcadia team began teasing a new stage … Pangea.
Named after the supercontinent that existed 335 to 175 million years ago, the stage is a two-part construction that features a crane and massive, fire-blowing scaffold. Early arrivals to Glastonbury this week were able to get a prime look at the new stage in action. Apart from the flames, one of the main features of the stage is a globe at the base of the crane that will be projection mapped.
Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis described the structure to NME earlier this week, “It’s quite crazy and hard to describe, but it’s going to carry a moon and circumnavigate the Earth which is at the base of the tower. It’s going to have fire and music. You know, a whole line-up of brilliant music and classic Arcadia pyro as well.”
Artists to play the new Arcadia stage will include Charlotte de Witte, The Black Madonna, Four Tet, Andy C, Sub Focus, and more. Check out photos below!
And here's Luke Jerram's sculpture Museum of the Moon moving into place! EM pic.twitter.com/PwieSiyFMZ
— Glastonbury Live (@GlastoLive) June 26, 2019
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We’ve been working on something BIG here at #HecklerHQ 🔥 we’ve traveled across the globe with our friends at #AstralProjekt and #Arcadia to create an epic stage for this year’s #GlastonburyFestival ~ a world first projection mapped sphere called #Pangea 🌕 • Sneak preview thanks to Heckler Creative Director Glenn Urquhart and Astral Projekt Artistic Director Joe Crossley who captured these shots of the build 📸 • Huge congrats to the rest of the team: Amy Jarman, Will Alexander, Catherine Terracini, Bertrand Polivka, Tom Corbett, Tim Jarick, Dušan Marjanović, Boris Fomin, Adrien Girault and Maud Chapuis for a massive effort over the past few months 👏 • Stay tuned for the full reveal! #projectionmapping #VFX #3D
H/T NME | Photo via aLIVE Coverage for Ultra