Having confidently challenged for the mantle of best UK festival last year, the immensely impressive Junction 2 came, saw and conquered for what was a seamless day of musical production and programming in the 2016 festival calendar. The brainchild of premium party-starters LWE, considering their track record for curating flawless events of the highest calibre, a gap in the market was exposed and the foundations laid for an experience that – with three stages to choose from – decided against over-complicating itself, and instead focus on showcasing the best in underground techno and house and to do it in style.
As the gates of West London’s picturesque yet low-key Boston Manor Park braces itself for the festivals sophomore edition, there are several exciting additions that have been thrown into the mix, including the expansion of two new arenas, with relative newcomers Into The Woods and Croatia’s reputed Sonus Festival bringing the stage total to five. What’s more with more stages brings an extra crop of world-class selectors to town, and with a matter of days until the sounds begin to roll in we run the rule over some of the artists you’d be be a fool to miss on the day.
Ones To Watch
Tale Of Us
The way Junction 2 went off last year left us with no doubt that it would return from its success and be back again with some of the best Techno in Europe for the crowds in West London. This years lineup features a wealth of new talent and as well of course some of the names that contributed to the aforementioned, dazzling debut. One such name is Tale Of Us and they need little introduction, just be sure to head toward the Drumcode main stage for what was last year the climax to an amazing day, fitting an exceptionally well planned and executed day party in London.
Having become one of scenes biggest stars for his unrelenting, hard-hitting style of techno and house, the Italian DJ is a cult figure in his native Napoli, and what’s more has gone on to become one of Italy’s most prolific artists on an international scale. It says something when fellow Neapolitan Marco Carola believes in you to take control of Amnesia’s main room, and whilst falling into his shadow could have been forgiven, Capriati has impressively stepped out of Carola’s shadow and generated his own hardened following as he continues to take control of Friday’s at Music On in confident and spectacular fashion.
Although a long-serving artist to the Drumcode roster, Capriati’s versatility sets him a part from the rest, with his selections taking him from unrelenting techno through to groove-fuelled, melodic strains of house. His evolving relationship with Jamie Jones and the Paradise family is testament to that fact.
Known for long and story-telling sets (he’s spun for 12 hours on several occasions) if you’re yet to experience a Capriati set, please make this your first. Simply unmissable.
Jane has an amazing ability when it comes to creating out-of-the-box progressive soundscapes. Although focused around techno, the vibe bounces from Acid to Electro and back again, leading the listener on a journey through both style and genre. With her new residency at Pickle Factory in Birmingham , she’ll surely bring something special on the day, catch her playing the Into The Woods stage.
Be sure to arrive early on the day, DJ Koze will be in Boston Manor Park to spray some sunshine grooves before continuing to Paris later that night to play Festival We Love Green. Known best presently for his releases on Kompakt, we’re eagerly anticipating which avenue the man from Hamburg plans to take in terms of genre. Daytime sets really let artists broaden their selections and with a history of Hip Hop, Techno and Disco – we have no idea what to expect. Find Koze playing at The Hydra stage.
What a difference a few years can make. In the case of the Manchester-born, London-based Sophie Wilson, known to many as Willow, the producer has been on the tip of everyones tongue, plucked from relative obscurity into the spotlight, with none other than Move D catching his ear on her first ever production – the amazing ‘feel me’ – and throwing his full backing behind it.
Out of all the talent on the Junction 2 bill, you’d be hard pressed to find an artist with a busier calendar, as she casts her wide-reaching, diverse record collection that takes in everything from techno, house and rnb across dance floors worldwide. Find out what all the fuss is about as she plays The Hydra stage this Saturday.
Only a few last tickets remain for Saturday’s all-dayer, don’t miss out, get yours here.