Junction 2 Festival 2019
Where: Boston Manor Park, West London
When: 7th – 8th June
Who: Bicep, Daphni, Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Amelie Lens
After three successful years, Junction 2 returned for its fourth instalment over the weekend, expanding to two days of house and techno. A collaboration between events specialists LWE and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, playing this year were the likes of Bicep, Daphni, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, DJ Koze and Tale of Us.
It’s abundantly clear from the offset that Junction 2 is a festival worth every penny. A quick and painless entry, free programmes and ponchos upon arrival, and an awe-inspiring tease of the Bridge Stage – Junction 2’s sheer brilliance hits you from the get-go.
The two-day event promises to focus on production, with powerful high-spec systems central to the operation. And in boasting some of the best soundsystems in the game, with the visual spectacles to match, sets (all of which were two hours) were an absolute joy to experience across the board.
That joy is felt across the entirety of the crowd, with not a surly word or a snarl uttered across the weekend. The effort, the time and the investment the organisers have put into Junction 2 is truly appreciated, and reflected onto an impeccable crowd of people.
Besides everything else worth celebrating about this festival, Junction 2’s setting is perhaps its biggest draw. An intimate oasis of a location, nestled within the concrete, brutalist feel of Brentford, the collision of natural beauty with industrious tech and metal, makes for one of the circuit’s most unique locations.
Junction 2 is a festival for the culture, for the people and for the movement. It stands to exist purely for the betterment and celebration of electronic music, and it achieves most of this through championing such basic elements in production, logistics and location. And in nailing the foundations, the audience, vibe, and the musicians – supporting elements of a music festival, naturally follow in suite.
On reflection and in reality, Junction 2 a worthy nomination for one of the best festivals in the UK.