Glastonbury reveals controversial decision to replace iconic Arcadia spider

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23 May 2024, 14:27

Photos of the Glastonbury Spider stage and sculpture

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Glastonbury have announced this year’s festival will no longer feature the iconic Arcadia field spider.

Instead, festival organisers have revealed that a new installation, entitled ‘The Dragonfly’ will be replacing the festival’s famous eight-legged friend.

2024’s “giant biomechanical creature” will, according to the festival’s official press release about the new installation: “awaken at the heart of an evolved geometric space, exploring ideas around renewal, our relationship with technology and how we adapt to a changing climate.



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“Built from an ex-military Royal Navy helicopter, The Dragonfly repurposes a weapon of destruction into a unifying symbol. As conflicts flare around the world, the transformational nature of the sculpture is a monument to hope,” the statement continues. While the replacement of the iconic spider might upset some fans, the response on social media to the news and Arcadia line-up appears to have been mostly positive.

There’s hopes the new structure will resonate with the performances which will take place in the Arcadia space, too. As the festival’s website explains: “The transformation of the first dragonfly to mark the dawn of a new season resonates through cultures, none older than the Aboriginal First Nations of Australia. 

“Each night, Arcadia and representatives of the Wadjuk Noongar nation will perform Warraloo, a spectacular ceremony that sees The Dragonfly burst into life. It celebrates possibility in epic style, inviting reflection on a changing climate and ways to navigate it through cooperation and the creative use of technology.”

Another installation which will “roam” Arcadia this year will be ‘The Bug’. “Built from submarine moulds, the Bug comes alive on six wheels of self contained sculpture, spreading the carnival spirit with its own eclectic lineup and a custom soundsystem hand built by Minirigs.”