After their first announcement saw the likes of Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Bicep and Shanti Celeste plus the news that they are expanding to two days in 2019, Junction 2 have released details of the second wave of artists joining them.
The new additions on the Friday comprise of DJ Koze, Jeremy Underground, Mr. G, rRoxymore, Umfang and Hessel Audio’s Ben UFO. Umfang is the Stateside DJ who’s spearheading Discwoman’s campaign for gender equality in dance music, while rRoxymore is the French producer making seductive house music equally adept to smoky jazz clubs as it is underground dancefloors. Veteran Mr. G needs little introduction, though he will be mixing things up with a special selectors DJ set. Expect plenty of animation behind the decks. A true DJ connoisseur, Jeremy Underground adds a touch of bourgeois extravagance with his astute selections and dusty records. Lastly, Ben UFO will be turning heads with a repertoire than spans the leftfield spectrum of electronic music: grime, dubstep, UKG and ambient, strung together by a 4/4 narrative.
Meanwhile, Saturday will be graced by tINI, San Proper and Voigtmann with the sensational news that Nicolas Lutz and Sonja Moonear are set to return. The other big name is French collective, Apollonia. Lutz & Moonear stole plaudits for their breathtaking B2B in The Woods arena at last year’s event. The fact the few acts are seldom invited back in consecutive years, should go some way to explaining quite how well received they were. From a pair who were invited back at a request of Junction 2’s regulars, to a trio who will be appearing for the first time due to demand: Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky are the Parisian brotherhood who’ll be locking in their trademark groove at Boston Manor Park. Notorious for their bumper extended sets, their inclusion adds real firepower to Saturday’s proceedings.
Finally, Craig Richards bucks trend by being the first artist confirmed to play both days of the festival. Such is the Houghton curator and long term fabric resident’s influence on London, that he can now be considered one of the pillars of the city’s scene. His involvement is a massive coup. Few DJs can claim to possess the knowledge and passion of Craig Richards.
As both days take shape, their identities sharpen in focus, with house-leaning artists featured on the Friday and more techno-orientated acts on the Saturday.
Tickets for both days and combo tickets with the Tobacco Dock launch party are on sale now.