In what is an extremely competitive festival market, eyebrows are usually raised when another one-dayer pops up on the summer calendar. Yet in the instance of long-standing party institution LWE’s case, their expansion in to the festival circuit is unquestionably one of natural evolution.
With the aforementioned explosion of festivals in the UK over the past 10 years, it’s easy, and of course tragic, to sometimes let gems fall to the way-side. One such gem is Junction 2 – a smaller, day-festival in London. Before you ask, no, it’s not in Victoria Park. For us, it’s the location and agenda that makes this one special. Junction 2 will be based under the M4 in Boston Manor Park, West London. The park has been home to smaller festivals in the past but never of this calibre or involving the biggest and best in electronic music.
Junction 2 stands to provide a truly unique environment in which to host some of the biggest names in house and techno. Organized by our friends at London Warehouse Events and curated by Drumcode, The Hydra and Closer, this is shaping up to be an amazing way to kick-start your summer.
LWE have an excellent track record for hosting some of the best parties in the capital. We’ve witnessed first-hand their pulling power when it comes to artists, their selectiveness when choosing venues and their ability to curate truly authentic experiences for those that seek it.
In the spirit of this and with exactly a month to go, now seemed like the right time to learn about the LWE’s illustrious history and reflect on the institutions top 5 parties to date with the brains behind the beauty. No doubt Junction 2 will be up there this time next year…
Carl Cox playing for us at Tobacco Dock.
It only sunk in after the show, on the Sunday during pack down – the legend that is Carl Cox played for us at Tobacco Dock!! We’ve had some amazing guests over the last 2.5 years at TD but this really was a big one for us. Something we’ve wanted from the start. What a privilege. Apparently he did the equivalent of 11km in steps during his marathon set, shimmying from side to side, toe tapping and generally feeling the groove.
Drumcode Halloween 2015.
From humble beginnings at Great Suffolk Street warehouse, Drumcode Halloween has become a highlight in the techno calendar with party-goers making the pilgrimage from across the UK and beyond for the event. Last year’s event at Tobacco Dock took things to a different level, with a huge line-up, some of the best dress up we’ve seen and the darkest zombie cage action from Dank Parish we’ve done yet.
With a wide range of speakers, talks, workshops, live performances and a club show; LEAF at Tobacco Dock was a unique experience and an offering that appealed to a broad audience of electronic music fans and a wide age range. With an eclectic offering over 3 days, including a 3 hour opening talk from legend Nile Rodgers and DJ Harvey teaching an enrapt audience how to ‘pop up’ on a surfboard using a table, the show left no stone unturned musically, and tested our abilities as we had never run a conference before. It truly was the most amazing day.
6 hours with Adam Beyer.
Sometimes the best parties are the intimate ones, and one that really sticks out for us was Adam Beyer’s 6 hour set at Factory 7 in Shoreditch in 2012. Sadly the venue is no longer there anymore, but it’s rugged and pure warehouse feel made it one of our favourite blank canvas venues and the perfect setting to show the different musical expressions Adam has in his locker. It’s easy to pigeon-hole Adam to the harder Drumcode sound, but this extended set showed just how deep his record collection is, and his ability to work through a whole myriad of sounds. It was a journey we won’t forget!
Skream’s set at Acid Future.
Acid Future turned out to be one our favourite parties with an amazingly eclectic crowd and a brilliant soundtrack to boot. With Seth at the helm you know it’s going to be bonkers and brilliant all at the same time. Skream’s epic set in the Car Park was one of those sets moments eople will remember for a long time, it went through all the eras and featured the best acid house from back in the day. Our lighting guy for that room, Pat Murphy, is a connossiuer in acid house and couldn’t believe someone so young could have such an in depth knowledge of music. One day we hope to be able to share the recording with you…