Since it launched in 2016, Junction 2 has proved that festivals can take risks and still be successful. Over the previous three years they have brought the known and unknown to Boston Manor Park. That trend continues for their fourth edition. They hand festival debuts to no less than 38 acts across both days. Some of them big, some of them small - but all great artists.
Here we take a look at a few of the those new names worth checking-out come 7th-8th June.
Genre-hopping Objekt isn’t afraid to go from one tempo to another. The young German protagonist is helping put a fresh, more human, spin on techno. The polyrhythmic producer’s 2018 album Cocoon Crush is well worth a listen.
DJ Stingray lands in Boston Manor under a new lease of life. Since relocating to Berlin, the Elder Statesman of Detroit has seen his style of electro and techno surge in popularity. Far from a hype DJ, the veteran has been doing his thing for decades.
Until recently, Brit-based Canadian Peach had been doing her thing solely off the back of her impeccable skills as a DJ. Her musical output has been limited, but we think you can expect to hear more of her productions in future. Already touted by Midland as one to watch. Say no more!
Other debutants on Friday 7th June include Rush Hour sensation Hunee, crate-digging connoisseur Motor City Drum Ensemble, one third of Hessle Audio Ben UFO and Call Super B2B Shanti Celeste.
It’s likely Gene On Earth was placed in our galaxy during our lifetime, solely to convey his message through the medium of music. He would gladly travel light years and across different dimensions to provide the gift of dance. But as it happens, he only needs to come to Boston Manor Park. Though we’re quite certainly, he’ll deliver an otherworldly experience. He'll be on warm up duties for Loco Dice, Apollonia and more.
You’ll best know solitary enigma Vaal as a recurring face for Tale Of Us’ Afterlife franchise. Earlier this year, she dropped her debut artist album, which was keen to explore a different sound entirely: breakbeat, trip hop and electronica. Who can guess what to expect from her on 8th June?
Tighten your grip and be prepared to be ricocheted around The Warehouse by Dax J. A high-octane rollercoaster ride await inside the darkened techno dungeon. He might even broach 140 bpm territory!
Other debutants on Saturday 8th June include Voigtmann, San Proper and Imogen.
Legendary fabric resident Craig Richards - another first-timer - will play both days, including hosting the The Bridge on Saturday.
5th release Friday tickets and 6th release Saturday tickets are on sale now.