One of the slow-burning success stories of London’s summer dance music scene has been Junction 2 – a west London dance music festival, held under the M4 motorway, close to Boston Manor tube in Brentford. Since 2016, it’s scooped up techno fans from far and wide, thanks to a shit-hot bookings policy and a site that allows people to really let rip.
There’s J2’s iconic main stage, cheekily situated under the actual bloomin’ motorway. There are also four more, including the Woods – a genuinely green haven which sees DJs playing in a tree-lined clearing – plus the Stretch, the Bridge and the Warehouse.
The first part of 2020’s line-up has just dropped and it’s already looking like a vintage year. After curating a kick-ass night at Printworks recently, UK dance dreamer Jon Hopkins will be playing his only London live show of 2020 on Friday. He’s joined by the resurgent Hessle Audio crew – made up of Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound. Four Tet will be joining the Friday force, as will everybody’s favourite house music goddess, Honey Dijon. There’s also a new initiative for this year: a festival resident, who this year will be Avalon Emerson, the wildly inventive DJ who will be playing on both days of J2. Along with the Californian beat-dazzler, Saturday also sees Berghain resident Ben Klock join Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens and Dax J. There’s more to be announced over the next few months, but consider us officially in the manor next June.
Junction 2 is held at Boston Manor Park on Jun 5-6 2020. And here's a look at a previous year's Junction 2...