It’s hard to imagine how a 20,000-capacity festival could squeeze inside the surroundings of an Olympic Park, in one of the world’s largest and built up cities. But pioneering promoters London Warehouse Events and Arcadia rose to the challenge, and after months of preparation, wowed thousands of ravers with their incredible organisation and compelling production skills, pulling off one of the biggest shows to date.
As the weekend commenced soaring temperatures combined with glorious sunshine put everyone in high spirits, which remained for the festival’s whole duration. Then as night fell, revellers got lost in the immersive theatre, multi-million-volt performance and 360 degree soundfields beaming from the giant 50 tonne mechanical spider.
Live music and DJ sets bolted from the Spiders centre piece, as well as the Indoor Reactor tent and other stages. Performance highlights came from Leftfield, who performed live on the Saturday, techno titan Sven Väth, Groove Armada’s DJ set, and chart sensation Rudimental, along with drum and bass legends RAM Records artists who ramped up the pace on the Sunday.
Unfortunately, like all great things in life, Arcadia’s 10th anniversary celebrations had to come to an end. Those who participated in the 2-day marathon stint can rest their weary legs, but fear not as rumours emerge of another Arcadia London in the near future.
We’ve put together our favourite moments of the festival captured in pictures below.
LWE promoters never fail to deliver the goods when it comes to events and festivals, so if you want to join in the fun you can buy tickets to their next event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Elrow Town London x Fatboy Slim which takes place on August 19th.
See you there!
Photography by Shotaway, Lukonic Photography, Sarah Ginn, Luke Taylor, Ben Daure