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Junction 2 2019 Preview

Junction 2 is an underground electronic music festival organised by LWE that merges natural beauty, green fields, rambling rivers, woodland pathways and hidden enclaves – all dominated by striking industrial features that make the site iconic.

Hosted at Boston Manor Park, under the M4 motorway, which dominates the site as one of five unique arenas playing host to the world’s most in-demand electronic music artists. Expect attention to detail across the full festival site and the loudest sound in London – so we’re told.

The Bridge at Junction 2 | SAM NEILL

Junction 2 takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019 at Boston Manor Park. The Main Stage on Friday is dominated by an array of electronic music pioneers, all capable of delivering genre-spanning sets of the highest calibre. A true icon of the scene, Mr. G brings a very special Selectors set to Boston Manor Park, while Bicep unleash the blistering euphoria that has gained plaudits around the world, with Gilles Peterson, Daphni and Fort Romeau will ensure the carnival atmosphere never lets up. Saturday welcomes a fiercely anticipated B2B duel between Maceo Plex and Tale Of Us, both appearing individually and side by side, in which their electro and immersive techno should complement each other perfectly. The day’s heavyweight lineup is completed by Afterlife favourite VAAL and the ethereal electronica of Max Cooper.

Two of London’s leading dance music figureheads come together on Friday, as Junction 2 welcome fabric to mark the beloved club’s 20 year anniversary. With fabric XX on hosting duties at The Bridge, there’s only two artists that could fit the bill: minimal kingpin Ricardo Villalobos and long-standing resident Craig Richards, in his first of two towering sets at the festival. The names keep coming, as Innervisions head honcho Dixon, offbeat hit maker DJ Koze, Job Jobse and S_AS all scheduled to make appearances throughout the day. The long-serving ambassadors of Drumcode, take the reins on Saturday, with leader Adam Beyer serving up the bruising techno he’s so revered for and welcoming the finest talent to have graced the imprint, including Ida Engberg, Joseph Capriati and Bart Skils. The legendary Richie Hawtin will be rounding off this eye-catching bill of heavy hitters.

It’s fitting that Phonica Records hosts The Stretch on Friday, as the DJs locked in rank as some of the finest crate diggers in the game. Hunee, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jeremy Underground will leave no genre untapped and nor will the rapidly rising Carista and Peach, two of dance music’s most exciting prospects. Saturday, hosted by Sonus  (the festival) in association with DJ Magazine, is a feast for internationalists, showcasing some of Europe’s greatest selectors. Producer, DJ and label boss Loco Dice unleashes his gritty strain of house alongside old friend tINI, while Apollonia promise to take festival goers on a full-throttle journey through deep acid tracks, joyful NY house and everything in between.

Between Objekt’s fragmented assault on club music, Daniel Avery’s glitchy IDM and the sheer power of DJ Stingray, a new intensity awaits within The Warehouse on Friday. This is the place to be for piledriver sets and unconventional selections with Saturday following a similar track. Berghain favourite Etapp Kyle may be young but is held in high esteem for his relentless techno, whereas the internationally renowned Dax J makes his Junction 2 debut alongside a figure leading the charge of modern electronic music, Amelie Lens.

For those that stumble upon a blissful clearing in the trees, you’re in for a treat. An astonishing Call Super B2B Shanti Celeste set leads FACT’s takeover of The Woods on Friday, while Ben UFO’s exploration of deep grooves and rattling bass will no doubt prove to be one of the festival’s highlights. One of Europe’s most respected promoters and record labels, VBX, hosts The Woods with an equally phenomenal bill on Saturday. After a rapturous reception last year, Sonja Moonear and Nicolas Lutz return for another thrilling B2B, with Amsterdam wild man San Proper and the totemic Craig Richards’ second set of the weekend ensuring Junction 2 reflects the depth, taste and passion shared by selectors, partners and festival-goers alike.

The Woods at Junction 2 | RYAN DINHAM

What we really do appreciate is that Junction 2 realised that the importance of sustainable practice is now greater than ever and that large-scale events should aim to set a blueprint for other industries in the UK – amen! They are introducing a number of rules and policies that will help us establish a forward-thinking environment that will reduce the harmful impact and inspire festival-goers and other festival organisers to think about their actions in these crucial times.

The Food Meadow has always been the best place to take a break from the hours of carefree dancing at Junction 2. Whether in need of a nutritious meal, or a refreshing drink or ice cream, we welcome a wide range of options provided by some of the best street food vendors in the UK. There will be mouthwatering options available from Anna Mae’s, Bangwok, Pink Cactus, Meatcure, Popdogs and Grounded Coffee & Ice Truck amongst others. You can definitely find us hanging out at The Food Meadow this weekend!

This will be Junction 2’s 4th edition and you can expect more of the same, they’ve stuck to their core principles, refocused and aim to deliver a fourth edition that plays to the festival’s strengths: great sound, high-spec production, extended sets, no VIP and no plastic tents.

Sounds good right!? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Friday on @thefstivalclub – good luck!

Friday tickets priced £59.50 +BF & Saturday at £65 +BF are both running very low. Weekend tickets sold out. Secure tickets at these prices by heading to:  www.junction2.london/tickets

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