Two weeks ago, LWE embarked on the fourth edition of their London festival, Junction 2. 2019 marked a huge next step for Junction 2, as they as expanded from one day to two across the weekend of 7th and 8th June, held on the beautiful environs of West London’s Boston Manor Park. As with all LWE events, the event was delivered with precision, including a level of production and sound quality rarely experienced in London festivals.
The music was spread across 5 stages, including The Bridge, which lived up to what Fabric's description as “the UK’s best festival stage"; and The Main Stage, where new viewing platforms went down a treat for revellers enjoying the likes of Tale Of Us b2b Maceo Plex. As ever, The Warehouse Stage delivered for those who fancied a steamy stomp in a tent of laser beams. The Woods Stage was the polar opposite to The Warehouse. Here, the sun beamed through the trees, which lit up rows of disco balls hanging above the dance floor. It proved the perfect recipe for Junction 2's most intimate stage.
Despite some initial concerns about Junction 2 expanding to two days, we can’t fault their efforts whatsoever, and the capacity of both days was managed to absolute perfection. Not too empty, and not too busy… if only other London festivals could get the balance as on point as this.
Friday was more House focused, while Saturday covered all realms within House and Techno. Highlights from the weekend include, Craig Richards on the Bridge (despite the last minute cancellation by Ricardo Villalobos, which no one seemed to bat an eye lid about after Craig stepped up to the job to deliver an exceptional solo performance). Motor City Drum Ensemble, Daniel Avery, Ben UFO, Richie Hawtin, and Sonja Moonear b2b Nicolas Lutz all exceeded our expectations. Last but not least, without doubt Adam Beyer’s festival closing was for many the star of the show.
It’s impossible to list all of our best bits, so we’ve compiled a selection of highlights in pictures below.
P.s. here’s what some of the artists thought...
'I felt I could just play anything in this dark warehouse and that's the best feeling in the world!’ - Amelie Lens
'Junction 2 was the best Techno festival I've seen in the UK since the 90s! Incredible! Onwards to the Future!' - Richie Hawtin
'Absolutely loved playing Junction 2 today... they sure knowhow to give a DJ good sound!' - Gilles Peterson
'VBX at Junction 2. Super vibes from start to finish' - Jasper Ferro
‘Thanks Junction 2, it was incredible to say the least' - Maceo Plex
‘London that was craaazy down the bridge!!! Thank you so much to my dear friend Adam Beyer for having me for his incredible stage at Junction 2 festival’ - Joseph Capriati
‘VIBES at the amazing Junction 2 festival’ - Voigtmann
We can’t wait to see what Junction 2 have in store for the rest of 2019.
If you can't wait until next year for one of their event's then check out the rest of LWE's programme for 2019 here.
Photography by Khris Cowley, Luke Dyson, Shotaway and Lawrence Jones.