Ziggy Stardust had his Spiders from Mars, and here at Glastonbury there’s a nest of mechanical spiders that are every bit as otherworldly. They live in Arcadia, which also doubles as a home for DJ sets, hi-tech high-wire acts and enough pyrotechnics to flame-grill a small country. The creature’s masters and designers are Pip Rush and Bertie Cole, who’ve both been coming to Glastonbury since they were kids and have been running an area at the festival since 2008. Arcadia now operates with a full-time staff of 50 and an on-site team of several hundred. We headed backstage to meet them and learn more about our giant arachnid friend.