We thought it wasn’t possible to be this excited about a festival, four months in advance. But Junction 2 have proved us wrong with their latest announcement. Stage hosts, artist deployment and some very special B2Bs have now be announced. Here’s all you need to know.
Running down Friday’s listing, fabric takeover The Bridge as part of their giant XX birthday celebrations. Longterm resident Craig Richards leads the charge, with some seriously heavyweight friends in the form of Ricardo Villalobos, Dixon and DJ Koze. Further support comes from Job Jobse and Adam Shelton & Subb-An’s new collaborative B2B project, S_AS.
Over at The Hex - the vast outdoor stage - J2 have assembled arguably their most diverse of selectors to date: Irish hitmakers Bicep, veteran world music ambassador Gilles Peterson and Caribou-alias Daphni line-up alongside Fort Romeau, while Mr. G plays a special DJ set. Nothing is off the menu at this stage. It’s gonna get proggy, tribal, ethnic, funky, nu-disco - and we love that.
London’s biggest independent record store, Phonica, host The Stretch. Here you will find some of the most seasoned crate-diggers in contemporary underground house music: Hunee, MCDE and Jeremy Underground. Carista and Peach perhaps both represent unknown quantities by comparison, but we invite you to check them out! You might just discover you’re next favourite DJ. The Stretch is muso’s stage of choice.
In The Warehouse, things stand to be a little heavier and more leftfield. DJ Stingray provides Detroit electro, Mixmag’s DJ of the year Objekt promises to go off-piste and DISCWOMAN tandem Umfang and Volvox make for an introspective arena. Daniel Avery ensures a white-knuckle finale, which will surely dip into techno territory.
Lastly, we arrive in The Woods. Fittingly, things get a bit more holistic as we get back to nature with FACT. Ben UFO headlines in an arena that oozes quality from start to finish. Be sure to check-out rRoxymore, Shanti Celeste and upcoming re:ni.
If Friday adds a new facet to J2’s dimension, then the established Saturday underlines why the festival has walked away with the DJ Mag’s Best of British Festival award for the last two years.
Drumcode once again host the void under the M4 flyover, with J2 ambassador Adam Beyer and his good-wife Ida Engberg overseeing proceeding. The well-connected couple have put in calls to peers to compile a stellar cast, that includes industry figurehead Richie Hawtin, Italian stallion Joseph Capriati and Dutchman Bart Skils. Quite the line-up. Pound-for-pound, it might be the biggest to date.
Known for operating within the melodic realms of techno and house, Tale Of Us and Maceo Plex definitely overlap in terms of style. In fact, the two acts have previously enjoyed playing together on several occasions a few years ago. Interestingly, each act will also play a solo set at The Hex. Here they are joined by TOU’s Afterlife compatriot Vaal, and former-scientist-turned-electronic-music-pioneer Max Cooper.
Inside the darkness of The Warehouse, be prepared to buckle-in and hold on tight. Things are going to get frantic. Closing duties will fall to arguably the hottest property in dance music, Amelie Lens. But the blitzkrieg will be going-off all day with the likes of Dax J, Dense & Pika and Etapp Kyle in command. Pulverising techno, not for the faint of heart.
Taking a closer look at The Woods, and we’re very excited about this one as Dutch collective VBX takeover as hosts. Reunifying one year on from their epic encounter, Sonja Moonear and Nicolas Lutz once again play an extended B2B. The people have spoken and J2 listened! Craig Richards also pops up for his second appearance of the weekend, and San Proper and Voigtmann round off the billing.
In terms of curation, J2 is shaping-up to be our favourite festival on paper ever. Going by their previous form, we fully expect them to deliver.
We’ll leave you with this teaser. Enjoy!
Limited fifth release Friday tickets and Sixth release Saturday tickets are on sale now. For those warriors eyeing the whole weekend, those weekend tickets now look very lucrative. Unsurprisingly, these are in high-demand.