Junction 2 Festival Preview
Junction 2 is fast becoming a brand synonymous with high-quality electronic music. Following on from their successful warm-up festival back in February, at London’s Tobacco Dock venue, they’re now geared up to throw an epic one-day event with a handful of some of the most impressive names inhabiting the current scene.
This comes as no surprise, given that some guy called ADAM BEYER (!!!) is involved in it; the Drumcode kingpin is always going to prove a popular draw for other artists.
The festival boasts 22 incredible artists who will be taking you on a 10-hour journey down techno’s winding path, guided by the throb of infectious basslines and thud of booming kick drums. Organisers have gone all out – all you need to do is grab a ticket and turn up!
What Happened Last Year?
2017’s festival was quite the elaborate affair. Obviously, given that it is partly his festival, Adam Beyer was on hand to let people know exactly what a Drumcode sounds like, with unrelenting beats and brooding bottom-end. Recondite made an appearance with his live setup – something that always goes down well in a festival or club setting, and he was joined on the day by Daphni, Sam Paganini, Daniel Avery, and Planetary Assault Systems.
Well, unless you have literally no soul whatsoever, then you’ll find several artists to get excited about simply by glancing at the line-up for approximately one second. The standout set is likely to be Carl Cox going back to back with Beyer, for a head-to-head that will be bigger than any fixture in 2018’s World Cup. Siberian techno queen, Nina Kraviz, will be offering up one of her undoubtedly varied sets, as she explores the space between electro, techno, and trance.
Ones to Watch
Following up from her amazing Cercle set not too long ago, La Fleur will be illustrating her diverse musical knowledge as she comes to Junction 2‘s Drumcode stage. It looks like she’ll be kicking things off there at the start of the day, so you need to get down there early as this is genuinely a set you don’t want to miss.
Scuba presents SCB
Scuba‘s new SCB alias brings a whole new doom-laden undertone to what was already a thought-provoking and exciting artist. An artist who remains resolutely unafraid of challenging his listeners in his productions. His sets are a heady mix of uncompromising electronic music that straddles the borders between house and techno, with all sorts in between. SCB represents a departure toward a more leftfield sound, with a focus more on producing music that conveys a more sombre message.
Those unfamiliar with Trikk need to get themselves familiarised, and fast, as the Portuguese producer hauls progressive house into the now. His productions are of a truly haunting quality; hypnotic, immersive, and with equal measures of euphoria and melancholy to give the tracks a perfectly balanced feel. You really should check out his recent release on Innervisions, Vilara EP, for evidence of his skills in the studio.
Can I Still Get Tickets?
In a nutshell, no. All SEVEN releases ran out quick-smart, so if you want a ticket before Saturday, then you might have to check out one of the reputable ticket resale sites, or register for a notification should a ticket be returned to the ticket provider.
The organisers have encouraged anyone looking to buy or sell tickets to do so only via RA-resale or Ticketswap.