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Festival Spotlight: Junction 2

Festival Spotlight: Junction 2

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

London’s favourite all day techno party is the result of collaboration between LWE and Adam Beyer, the festival having launched in 2016 with an outstanding debut for Junction 2 at Boston Manor Park. Featuring a huge lineup that few single-day festivals can match, Junction 2 played host to the likes of Dixon, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz and Alan Fitzpatrick, following it up with a 2017 lineup that boasts Ben Klock, Recondite, DJ Koze, Praslea and loads more among its number.

With dance music players as big as event organisers LWE and Drumcode head honcho Adam Beyer at the helm, the festival was never going to struggle to attract the big guns, and there’s plenty of firepower as they aim to display the very best DJs in the game. Also behind a variety of venues including London’s latest warehouse venue Printworks, LWE are known for dealing in only the highest quality of bookings, whilst the thumping techno that Drumcode deals in has become one of the most popular sounds on UK dance floors over a recent years. Providing a home to big hitters like Alan Fitzpatrick, Nicole Moudaber and Sam Paganini as well as countless others, the label is consistently one of the most prized in techno, with most releases challenging the top of the Beatport charts. Masterminded by Adam Beyer, the imprint has grown in stature over the course of two decades, and has earned the respect of fans and DJs alike through years of excellent releases and storming events.

No festival should be about good music alone, of course, and Junction 2 is set up to ensure that the environment is as perfect as the soundtrack. As shown in the above site map, Junction 2 will divide the huge park into a variety of arenas and entertainment areas, offering one of the biggest displays of house and techno that the city will see this summer. London’s premier warehouse brand, The Hydra, will command one of the two biggest stages, with Daphni, DJ Koze and Andrew Weatherall placed in charge of the music, whilst the similarly huge Sonus arena enjoys DJ Tennis, Joseph Capriati and more. Jane Fitz and Praslea will be in the aptly named Into The Woods stage, and Drumcode’s place in the far West of the site will be held down by Ben Klock, Tale Of Us and Beyer himself. Over in the warehouse, which is sponsored by Relentless, Chris Liebing, Alan Fitzpatrick and Daniel Avery are among the acts lighting up the distinctive factory space. Kitted out with state of the art sound and atmospheric lighting, the warehouse adds an industrial feel to the natural beauty of Boston Manor Park. 

Taking place again in 2017 on Saturday 10th June, Junction 2 is set for a big sophomore year, and organisers will be all-too-happy to see it continue to grow for some time yet.

(Above: Junction 2's warehouse venue is ready to host the likes of Chris Liebing, Alan Fitzpatrick and Daniel Avery)

Photos courtesy of Junction 2

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