With less than three weeks left until Junction 2 touches down in Boston Manor Park – West London, we thought the time was right to have a look at what’s in store this time around.
This year marks the festival’s debut 2-day event following on from unprecedented success since it began back in 2016. Now boasting five individual and contrasting stages across a weekend, Junction 2 is well and truly cemented in the UK electronic music festival roster. And they’ve managed to do it whilst remaining true to the core fans who’ve made it big enough to warrant the two-day approach.
Day One – the Friday – is headlined by the duo of giants from Belfast that are Bicep, and tickets are somehow still under £50 despite having the better of the lineups. After selling out three consecutive nights at Printworks in Autumn, we’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what they’ve got up their sleeves for festival season. Also on the Hex stage is Mr G, playing a selectors DJ set, who was undoubtedly one of the highlights at Farr Festival last year.
The Bridge (pictured at the top of the article) is headed by Ricardo Villalobos, who blew me away at Houghton in 2017, and from who we’re hoping to see big things 2 years and many tears down the line. He’s supported by a more summery installment in DJ Koze – the man behind the famous ‘Operator’ remix which had more plays at festivals last summer than we had beers in the office (and that’s saying a lot).
A few other stand-out names across the other three stages at Junction 2 this year include the reliably individual Ben UFO at the Stretch, the futuristic figure of DJ Stingray playing at the Warehouse, and the big man himself Jeremy Underground who we had the pleasure of meeting in Barcelona last February.
Day two has arguably more of a summery vibe to it, headed up by Maceo Plex B2B Tale of Us on the main stage. However the Warehouse stage looks just as deep and dark as we like it, with Amelie Lens headlining, followed by Dax J and another of our favourites Dense & Pika.
Really excited to see how Junction 2 grow into the new two-day format, rave out in West for once and finally see Bicep shelling it in the flesh.
For more information and to buy tickets, check out the website here.