Valley Fest joins forces with Arcadia

Valley Fest, the family-friendly festival, and Arcadia, the performance-art collective, are teaming up to put on a spectacular show between 4th – 7th August, alongside the beautiful Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol.

Arcadia, known for their iconic, 50 ft fire-spitting spider, which has been a Glastonbury highlight for millions, will bring their Afterburner stage. Built from a Rolls Royce jet engine, called an afterburner, the area will be surrounded by a circle of metal trees and flames.

The stage has toured the world: Burning Man festival, New Zealand, Croatia and Miami to name a few. And in August it can be found in Valley Fest’s second field. Confirmed DJ acts include Faithless (DJ set), Roni Size and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club.

For the last two years, Arcadia’s bug stage has been at Valley Fest but this year the spectacle is being dialled up dramatically. By day, kids will be able to make their own Afterburner playground stage, with help and tools provided by the Woodland Tribe. By night, the dancefloor will be in full force, fuelled by the joy of being able to party and reconnect after so long.

Pip Rush, Arcadia Co-founder, says: “After touring four continents, it feels fantastic to be bringing the party home again. Many of us have moved into the Chew Valley and have our kids in school. During lockdown, it became clear we should be growing deeper roots at home, both from a social and an environmental perspective.

“We’ve loved working in recycled materials and to sculpt a whole festival environment from the ground up, to plant trees and play the long game is next level. This is an installation that we hope will be built by thousands of people and evolved over many generations.”

Luke Hasell, Valley Fest Founder, says: “We could not be more excited. It’s a true homecoming for the Arcadia team. And a true celebration of Bristol talent. I want everyone to GET ON MY LAND, eat some regeneratively-farmed tasty food and have the time of their lives!”

Now in its eighth year, Valley Fest is going from strength to strength. The small, family-friendly festival is becoming a firm favourite in the Bristol and South West calendar. Edged by the rolling Mendip hills, the festival could make a great team-building activity or corporate day out, with numerous culinary delights and an eclectic mixture of music to enjoy.