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Crane vs Spider.

Date

Jul 01, 2019

Arcadia’s new venture ‘Pangea’ replaced the legendary spider at this year’s Glastonbury.

The Spider began back in 2010 and has evolved year on year, getting bigger, adding structures on the peripherals and incredible performances to the show – from the Lords of Lightning and many more. Everyone loved the iconic Spider; people wanted to rave there and DJ’s wanted to perform there.

But out with the old, and in with Pangea. Which, if any, is better than the other?

First off, Pangea is massive. It can fit approx 50,000 people under and around it – much bigger than the beloved Spider. Arcadia’s aim, initially with the Spider and now with Pangea, has always been to “take over the skies”. I think we can safely say Pangea ticks that box.

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Image: Sarah Ginn

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Image: AV Magazine

Just like the Spider, Pangea also brings 360 degrees of action to the party. However, Pangea’s crane also rotates and sporadically lights up the moon that orbits. The jib also lets the lighting rig reach much further than the incy-wincy spider.

Another great addition to Pangea’s offering is the incredible projection mapped sphere that sits just above the DJ box – which brings them much lower and closer to the crowd than they were with the Spider. The DJ’s are far from alone though. There are crane drivers, riggers, pyro and lighting operators and aerial performers – in total approximately 20 people jamming together to keep Pangea working in sync with the music.

Pip and Bert, the two brains behind Arcadia, have said that Pangea is a ‘blank canvas in the sky’, and set to be a fixture at Worthy Farm for the next 5 years. If Pangea mark one is just the beginning, and we are going to see it warp and morph over the coming years, then it certainly gets my vote.

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