Arcadia has announced its biggest stand-alone event yet – taking place next year in London to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The two-day event is being held on the first bank holiday weekend in May, 5-6, and will see the iconic 50-tonne, fire-breathing spider land in the heart of London, as the Metamorphosis show engulfs crowds in immersive new worlds and dance music heavyweights perform from the belly of the beast.

Teaming up with London event specialists LWE, Arcadia’s first ever London show is primed to set the capital ablaze with breathtaking drama, multi-sensory moments and the fusion of circus, sculpture, engineering, art, dance music and 360 degree animatronics.

Londoners will have the chance to step inside Arcadia’s immersive landscape, where 50-foot fireballs are ignited, Tesla performers shoot two million volts of lightning from their bodies, huge mechanical limbs spray jets of C02 and a light show brings the arena to life.

Arcadia founders, Pip Rush and Bert Cole, commented: “We can’t wait to bring Arcadia into the capital for the first time. Having toured the globe, we’re really excited to get back onto home soil, and celebrate the best of the past decade.”

Will Harold, director of LWE, added: “It’s a real honour to be working with the award-winning Arcadia team and welcoming them to London for the very first time. With Arcadia’s 10th anniversary falling on Glastonbury’s fallow year, it’s a momentous occasion and a rare chance to create an incredible event together. Everyone in the LWE team is hugely excited to be part of this one off event.”

Further details of the May show and musical headliners are due to be announced later this month.