arcadia spectacular afterburner
‘A fire-breathing stage stole the show...17,000 people were wowed by the Arcadia Afterburner stage.’ NZ Herald
Arcadia is the fantastic brainchild of scrap metal sculptor Pip Rush Jansen and engineer Bert Cole. Pip and Bert met in Ireland 10 years ago and, whilst here, hatched a plan to create a bespoke installation to challenge festival convention. Thus, award winning art collective Arcadia was born.
Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people have danced around, under and over Arcadia’s incredible, eye-popping installations across four continents. It’s fitting that Arcadia return to Ireland to celebrate their tenth anniversary, but the setting had to be right. To that end, Pip flew to Ireland to explore the grounds of Curraghmore House, Ireland’s largest private estate - and the setting for the inaugural All Together Now Festival.
‘I was totally blown away. I’ve seen extreme festival sites from the Black Rock Desert to glamorous harbour-sides in Miami to skyscraper strewn city centres around the world and this may just top the lot!
The scale is unreal, from the campsite at the top of the hill, you can see lush woodland and rolling hills for miles around, all leading to the mountains with no neighbours anywhere in sight. We even found an ancient Celtic stone circle where people had clearly been drawn by the magical landscape to celebrate the rhythms of life there since time immemorial. And the building itself has such a mystical beauty - what an incredible place for a festival.’
The setting was right. Curraghmore is the perfect spot for The Arcadia Afterburner, an immersive 360 degree installation that has rocked crowds from Burning Man to the Dalmatian coast and from New Zealand to Glastonbury.
At its heart is a flaming spire that houses the DJ booth and shoots fireballs above the crowd as light radiates outwards to a ring of flaming trees. Raised platforms spiral into the crowd creating multi level dynamics and allowing the crowd to dance on the structure itself, balancing intense intimacy with a powerful sense of monumentality.
Built from repurposed military hardware, the Afterburner fuses sound, light, sacred geometry, an inward facing 360 degree soundfield and 20 foot flames amplifying both the music and the energy into an unforgettable dancefloor experience.
In a truly remarkable setting, with 16 stages, music, comedy, spoken word, bespoke food, theatre, a dedicated kids area, wellness area, its very own eco water, commitment to sustainability and much much more, All Together Now also has this fire breathing gem at its heart.
‘I’m honoured to be invited back to Ireland and really can’t express how excited we are to be running a stage at All Together Now. Of all the crowds we've ever worked with the Irish are always right up there as one of the friendliest and most energetic. we’re so fired up to be coming back. This really is like a homecoming for us and we couldn’t think of anything more perfect in our 10th anniversary year.’
All Together Now are proud to welcome Arcadia to join revellers for what will truly be a magical August Bank Holiday weekend. When the balmy August sun sets, the flames will shoot skywards.