Junction 2 2019 Debutants
Although 2019’s festival sees huge returns for the likes of Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Tale of Us, Maceo Plex, Daphni and that dreamy B2B between Sonja Moonear and Nicolas Lutz, we’re handing J2 debuts to no less than 37 acts. That breaks down to 15 on Saturday and a whopping 22 on Friday. Much like our line-up in its entirety, our debutants are made up of industry icons, established stars and fresh-faced rising talent.
With Friday’s showcase spanning across a wider range of sounds, the line-up is emblazoned with game-changing artists and trailblazers. Belfast’s very own, Bicep, have been at the forefront of the best electronic music sets over the past couple of years. Their enchanting performances bounce from progressive to pumping Italo House, and their debut performance at Junction 2 is sure to stun thousands this year. Call Super and Shanti Celeste go back to back on the Friday, both innovative DJ’s in their own right. Having collaborated before for Dekmantel Records’ 10 Year EP Vinyl, the Junction 2 debutants will come together again for a collision of adventurously mixed beats.
Eclectic electronic selectors; Motor City Drum Ensemble and Gilles Peterson make their debut on Friday. Now, a household name in the scene, Motor City Drum Ensemble is known for bringing his trademark soulful grooves and infused electronic twang to sets, stages and radios across the board. While equally as soulful and extensive in his music repertoire, Gilles Peterson conjures up a rich array of sounds on Junction 2’s main stage. Crowds are sure to be bopping around fantastically to this pair.
The line-up on Day One also features Mixmag’s 2018 DJ of the Year; Objekt. He will be joined by the likes of Carista, Peach and Batu; a generation of rising stars in electronic music, set to make waves in the scene as well as Junction 2 this year. From new stars to the most reputable acts, Craig Richards and Ricardo Villalobos will make their first appearances at Junction 2 this summer. The underground connoisseurs will certainly bring another iconic performance, making for a set of unforgettable debuts.
On the Saturday Amelie Lens makes her first appearance at Junction 2 in the Warehouse, a fitting environment for her heavy approach to the pounding techno mixes she puts together. She is a stand-out act in techno who’s certainly overdue to play at Junction 2 this summer. Bouncing around Europe’s underground hotspots; Etapp Kyle stops at Boston Manor Park this summer for his debut at the festival, along with the likes of Dax J, tINI and San Proper.
Home to some of the world’s leading DJ’s over the past 3 years, The Bridge is a sight to behold and doesn’t fall short of amazing acts to fill the space. Alongside familiar faces, Capriati and Beyer, Richie Hawtin makes his debut on the techno orientated Day Two. Underground powerhouse, Apollonia will work their magic for the first time on The Stretch. As will newcomer, Loco Dice- a consistent initiator of a great party with his hip-hop influenced beats.
Like Friday, there will be new talent gracing the Junction 2 stages on the Saturday too. Imogen is one of them. As techno’s rising gem, she has built a name for herself through working tirelessly and passionately as a DJ since the age of 16. Now, she holds a spot next to the biggest names in the dark art in the Warehouse and isn’t to be missed.
2019 JUNCTION 2 DEBUTS
Call Super B2B Shanti Celeste
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Umfang B2B Volvox
Gene On Earth
Lauren Lo Sung