Arcadia’s iconic Spider DJ stage is now featured in science lessons at UK schools. 

Examination body AQA has included a section on the spectacular installation piece in its physics textbook. This includes reference to the biodiesel that fuels the enormous structure, the 15-strong crew needed to set it up, and details of the electrical wiring used. 

The Arcadia team, which specialises in large-scale, theatrical, and immersive music productions, shared a picture of the book in a Facebook post: 

“Humbled to learn that the Spider is now featured in a Science textbook in schools. Our respect goes out to all of the students who’ve had a tough year, and we hope you all have a blinding summer.” 

Arcadia’s Spider, officially named Metamorphosis, has been a prominent fixture at festivals and other events across the world, including Ultra Miami. In 2019 it also launched its own weekender in London to mark 11 years of mind-blowing productions. 

Before the event was cancelled, the team had unveiled plans for a new project at Glastonbury Festival 2020 thanks to a £49,000 grant from Arts Council England. Prior to the pandemic, Arcadia had been a recurring feature at the world-famous event. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the crew has been focusing attention on Natures Spectacular, a new off-grid camp created to help people “reconnect as we emerge out of lockdown”.