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Glastonbury’s fire-breathing Arcadia spider to feature at the World Cup

Organisers have leased the 50-tonne metal structure from the Bristol-based Arcadia company for the tournament.

Glastonbury's fire-breathing Arcadia spider to feature at the World Cup
Image: @arcadia on Instagram

There have been a lot of controversies attached to this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar from the project’s outset, so it’s with great pleasure we bring you something more positive. 

The host nation Qatar has listed the pyrotechnic services of Glastonbury’s famous fire-breathing Arcadia spider alongside live DJ performances for this year’s World Cup celebrations. 

According to the Daily Mail, organisers have leased the 50-tonne metal structure from the Bristol-based Arcadia company for the tournament. No further details, however, on when it will be in place nor who is playing live inside the spider have been revealed.

They state that a “well-placed source” suggested the Arcadia spider may be one of the few zones in which alcohol is permitted to be drunk, including at the stadiums and in the Fan Zone, although unconfirmed reports suggest there may be a license limit set between 10;00 and 17:00.

Daily Mail’s Deputy Cheif Sports Writer, Ian Herbert, says: “Doha’s problem is that there’s not much culture – or indeed much at all – in this largely barren moonscape,” 

Herbert adds: “they’re going to throw in the kitchen sink and borrow heavily from Glastonbury.”

Although the extent of the role of Glasto’s much-loved pyro-arachnid is currently unknown, it’s something different for electronic music fans to look forward to whilst watching their country at this year’s tournament. 

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