Saturday 4th June
Boston Manor Park, London
LWE are one of the biggest underground event organisers in London, possessing a reputation for holding unique parties across the capital and collaborating with highly respected artists and labels to deliver the very best in electronic music. On Saturday June 4th LWE launched Junction 2, a new techno-focused festival. Featuring stages curated by Drumcode, The Hydra and Closer, the festival was staged across public park combining woodland and industrial surroundings. With innovative stages and top quality production, anticipation to get amongst the crowd and experience techno’s finest in an intriguing new location was at fever pitch.
Arriving at the festival’s location in Boston Manor Park around midday. The overhead bridge stretching across the site caught the eye, with the pillars creating a concrete corridor underneath the M4 that lead to the Drumcode stage. Not being able to predict the weather, it was an easy mistake to come slightly overdressed. Fortunately, there was a locker area available on site and once we had changed we headed to the Closer stage. Scuba was the selector on the decks, warming up the crowd and the temperature in the arena with distant hums that would build effortlessly alongside gorgeous basslines. Following Scuba’s set, we filtered out through the woodland, where a crowd had surrounded a giant 303 synth provided by ONYX – a really nice addition to the festival.
(The striking motorway overpass above Junction 2 - Photo: Vision Seven)
The Drumcode stage was our next destination, where Detroit ambassador and one of the leading figures in world techno, Carl Craig was providing a reinterpretation of his live project Modular Pursuits. His live performance took the crowd on a journey, captivated by his ability to use modular synthesizers which continue to push musical boundaries. With so much choice available, the next few hours were spent navigating between the three arenas and soaking up the atmosphere. Eventually we found ourselves amongst the crowd watching Mano Le Tough performing on the Hydra stage. It was great to hear the elastic bassline and arpeggiated melody from the appropriately named Thrills by JMII. Marcel Dettmann playing the newly released Blush by Midland was another highlight from the afternoon, a moment that was met with a huge cheer from the crowd in attendance at the Closer stage. Following Dettmann’s performance, we regrouped with friends and headed back to the Drumcode stage. The sound quality and production across the arenas was amazing and as dusk turned into darkness, the visual showcase took centre-stage. Alan Fitzpatrick provided a pulsating set before Drumcode label manager Adam Beyer closed the festival with a rousing performance.
Having been attending events across the country for the last few years, Junction 2 was definitely the most organised festival that I have attended. Thanks to no queues and friendly staff, a great atmosphere with an emphasis on quality techno was always present.
(Adam Beyer at the Drumcode Stage - Photo: Vision Seven)
Words by Joe Dawson
Photos courtesy of Vision Seven