Last June, we felt tremors underfoot as Carl Cox and Adam Beyer rattled The Bridge with a B2B off the Richter scale. Junction 2 left an indelible mark in 2018 for its third edition. But how would they plan to top it…?
If you missed the seismic announcement that Junction 2 is expanding to two days next year, then you’re probably not ready for this first artist announcement. But it is huge!
On the Friday - 7th June - things take a hous-ier route, with an astute ensemble of underground crate diggers. After what seems like a 48-months in which they could do no wrong, the Bicep lads are the headline name. The Belfast duo have embraced all corners of rave culture, whilst their productions remain forward-thinking despite obvious nods to the past.
Daniel Avery is the second name. He might primarily be known as one of the leading figureheads of UK techno, but his ambient album from earlier this year has unveiled a different side to his persona. Multidimensional and more than capable of mixing things up.
Daphni is the other alter-ego of Dan Snaith of Caribou-fame. No stranger to Boston Manor Park, he played at Junction 2 in 2017 to rave reviews. Back under his heavier, higher tempo alias, we’re looking forward to seeing how the Daphni project has evolved.
The fourth addition is Motor City Drum Ensemble. A true digger who has continued to push a disco-influenced version of modern electronic music, MCDE is often understated but always on the money.
Other names joining the above include Call Super, Job Jobse, Peach and Shanti Celeste.
Looking at the Saturday, and techno remains as the overriding ingredient. J2 had to go big to better Coxy, and safe to say they have, in recruiting Richie Hawtin. The Canadian technophile joins festival ambassador Adam Beyer for his first appearance at the event.
As if that wasn’t big enough, Maceo Plex will return to Boston Manor Park. Having been one of the highlights of 2017’s festival, it was only a matter of time before the man otherwise known as Eric Estornel graced West London again.
Keeping the big hitters coming, Joseph Capriati in the next name out of the bag. An integral member of the extended Drumcode family, the Italian DJ/producer continues to grow his fanbase with pulsating sets. On past evidence, we know what he’s able to deliver.
Dax J, Etapp Kyle, Ida Engberg and Imogen complete the Saturday billing thus far, and the first J2 artist announcement.
Quite an array of artists from bonafide superstars, established veterans and exciting newcomers. Stayed tuned to future editions of our newsletter to be the first to know the next names joining them.
Sign up for pre-sale tickets released this Thursday https://www.junction2.london/