As the one and only Arcadia power up the particle accelerator for a May Day Bank Holiday weekend, bursting with immersive magic, the full lineup has been announced as artists from across the spectrum come together to create another unforgettable London moment on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May.
The weekend will see East London transformed into a multi-sensory world of hyper-evolved creatures, monumental performances, all-engulfing spectacles, breathtaking new show chapters, top-secret collaborations and high octane innovations as the Spider lands at its only UK show of 2019.
Saturday sees Helix, Arcadia’s house and techno heartbeat weave a futuristic web of flowing frequency and primal beats across London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Spearheading Helix is dancefloor alchemist Jamie Jones with an exclusive set designed specifically for the Spider with a groundbreaking new finale in developed in collaboration with Arcadia.
The day’s DNA is now fully sequenced with 4/4 magician Hot Since 82 laying down peak time euphorics as German heavyweights Pan-Pot unlock the sonic matrix, deep house alchemist Maya Jane Coles whips up a dancefloor storm and special guest Sasha’s timeless sorcery casts its hypnotic spell.
Joining them to write Helix’s genetic code are techno powerhouse Alan Fitzpatrick, the pulsing warehouse spirit of Dave Clarke, Dense & Pika’s debut Arcadia appearance, and rising Swedish star La Fleur who reunites with Hot Since 82 after a triumphant 2018 Ibiza season while Melé cartwheels out the Latin grooves and tropical energy.
With the May Day Bank Holiday declaring British summer officially open, disco queen Kirsty Harper will be slinging rays of sonic sunshine alongside Maxxi Soundsystem’s joyous funk, groove duo PBR Streetgang , sweet-nothing-whisperers Pillowtalk, and William Djoko on party starter duties. Roll on the sunshine.
Sunday sees Radium, Arcadia’s full spectrum bass showcase erupt in an explosion of roots, colour and urban soul as the legendary UKF take the helm to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
Igniting Radium’s glowing core will be turntablist extraordinaire, DJ EZ whose breathtaking flair and gravity-defying technical genius will be pitted against Arcadia’s full arsenal in a brand new closing show.
Joining EZ to pump molten steel through the Spider’s circuits are the innovation engine that is Sub Focus who will be joined by ID, the thrilling talents of Dimension, Flava D’s cutting edge bassline mayhem, Lady Leshurr’s rampaging lyrical freestyle and very special guest Lethal Bizzle tearing up the Arcadia landscape with an uproarious journey through hip hop and grime.
Stoking the flames at the UK’s signature bass event are game-changers Ed Rush and Optical, original junglists Fabio and Grooverider, Bristol don Notion teaming up with Bushboy in a UKF exclusive, total meltdown from
The Prototypes, and heaving party bangers from Toddla T and Chimpo.
And the day’s only getting started. After a ride Around the World in 80 Tunes, a man of the moment Benny L steps up alongside Circuits – the collaboration between Kasra and Inside Info, reggae junglist Ed Solo, Jus Now and Eva Lazarus rolling out the carnival vibes, LUCY, Mollie Collins, Particle, a slip back in time with Slipmatt and last but most definitely not least – the Blast DJ’s…,. With MC’s 2Shy, Jakes and Texas keeping the flow rolling – the lineup is IN.
With headline collaborations still to be revealed and very special guests still to be announced – Arcadia London is already being talked about as one of the world’s must-attend festivals.
The Arcadia London festival supports Arcadia Reach – a non-profit organisation whose projects include the development of well drilling technology to improve water access in a remote part of Sierra Leone, collaborating with the local community to create a cycle of sustainable agriculture. Taking inspiration from those collaborations, Arcadia will be inviting artists and musicians from those communities to join the London show, so stay tuned.
Stand by for ignition…. This is Arcadia London
SATURDAY 4TH MAY 2019
Hot Since 82
Maya Jane Coles
Very special guest: Sasha
Dense & Pika
SUNDAY 5TH MAY 2019
Sub Focus & ID
Very special guest: Lethal Bizzle
Circuits (Kasra & Inside Info)
Ed Rush & Optical
Fabio & Grooverider
Notion B2B Bushbaby
Toddla T b2b Chimpo
Around the World in 80 Tunes
Jus Now (DJ set) ft Eva Lazarus
L U C Y
The Blast DJs
MCs 2Shy, Jakes, Texas
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