Junction 2 2020 Full Stage Split
Tue 3rd Mar
The plans for Junction 2 2020 are all in place and we’re thrilled to announce the full stage split, back to back sets and stage hosts for the festival’s fifth outing. It’s a lineup that reflects the depth and passion of our selectors, partners and guests; including a range of exclusives and live acts that will make this another thrilling year in Boston Manor Park.
ARTISTS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
THE MAIN STAGE
Jon Hopkins (Live), DJ Koze, Romy, Rival Consoles (Live), Ceri
Ben Klock B2B Marcel Dettmann (extended set), Robert Hood (Live), Dense & Pika (Live), Mind Against, Adiel
Headlining Friday on the Main Stage is Jon Hopkins, an artist who combines exquisite musicality with a primal dancefloor appeal. This will be Jon’s Junction 2 debut and only full live performance in London this summer, so it’s a chance to hear and see a spectacular show that has enthralled global audiences and cemented Jon’s position as one of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation. He’s joined by someone who’s equally adept at painting the dancefloor waves of glistening, dreamy house, DJ Koze. Although Romy Madley Croft is better known for playing with her bandmates in The xx, she’s also earned her chops as a selector of edits and dance classics. Rival Consoles will also create dramatic sets of widescreen electronica, while Ceri will deal out chunky crowd pleasers.
With legends and live sets, Saturday on the Main Stage is as good as it gets for techno heads. Berghain’s reigning kings of the raw Berlin sound, Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, join us for their first ever extended B2B at a UK festival, while Detroit pioneer, Robert Hood, also makes an ultra-rare live appearance that will range through an unrivalled back catalogue of dynamic minimal and joyously uplifting tracks. There’s more live music from the uncompromisingly intense Dense & Pika, and a DJ set from the dark and icy Italian duo, Mind Against, whose trancey electronica has become a sensation on the biggest stages. There will also be a set from the hypnotically tribal Adiel, another exciting Italian talent and Junction 2 debutant.
FRIDAY: HOSTED BY ION FESTIVAL
Nina Kraviz, Four Tet, Midland, Leon Vynehall, DMX Krew (live), Carlota
SATURDAY: HOSTED BY DRUMCODE
Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Maceo Plex, Enrico Sangiuliano, Joel Mull
Friday’s rave under The Bridge is going to be a roadblock of everything from wigged-out electro to UK Garage. Nina Kraviz will take up her mantle as the champion of a techno that’s as gritty as roads after a snowstorm. She’ll be joined by one of the world’s most influential selectors, the exceptional Four Tet, who makes his Junction 2 debut armed with a catalogue of new material from his recent album ‘Sixteen Oceans’. Junction 2 debutant, Midland, will show why he’s one of the world’s most in-demand house DJs, and he’ll be backed up by Leon Vynehall’s explorations of the spaces between dub, IDM and straight-up dance. Edward Upton’s DMX Krew alias will provide the afternoon’s live set of squashy, 8-bit electro, and the breaksy tech of Carlota will round out the lineup.
The talismanic Adam Beyer will take his place at the head of Saturday’s proceedings at The Bridge. Adam may be best known for sets of railroad-straight thumpers, but with every Junction 2 he also demonstrates a diversity that encompasses comet-like synths and ecstatically whirling acid spirals. He’ll be joined on Saturday by the unapologetically banging Amelie Lens, a bona fide star whose sets have the raw muscularity of flayed flesh. Also down to preach the techno gospel is Adam’s countryman and a legend of the Scandi-techno scene, Joel Mull. Joining the techno dons will be Maceo Plex, a DJ who starts out from a position of darkly emotive tech house and quickly ramps up into warehouse acid and rave reminiscent techno. Rounding out the day will be Drumcode favourite, Enrico Sangiuliano.
THE RESIDENT ADVISOR RED ROOM
Fatima Yamaha (Live), Honey Dijon, Chaos in the CBD, Yu Su, Zozo
Dixon, Avalon Emerson B2B Roi Perez B2B Dr. Rubinstein, DJ Boring (Live), Brame & Hamo, Kiara Scuro
Friday on our new stage, the Resident Advisor-hosted Red Room, will be an exhibition of sonic diversity and joyous good times. Fatima Yamaha will headline, in his first live performance in the Capital in over 3 years and a set of heart-swelling deep disco. Honey Dijon will also be there to raise temperatures with her rowdy Chicagoan energy too. Kiwi brothers, Chaos in the CBD, will represent the evocatively tropical sounds of the southern hemisphere, while Yu Su and Turkey’s Zozo look set to go deep on squelchy acid, pop edits and stylish synths.
Friday’s wild diversity yields to Saturday’s focused intensity from a cohort of DJs covering the house and techno spectrums. Dixon’s third consecutive appearance at Junction 2 should bring more of what we love; intricate, emotional electronic music that unfolds with a swan’s grace. One for the books will be the B2B2B between Avalon Emerson, Dr. Rubinstein and Roi Perez. We expect technical excellence, deep musical knowledge and some intense peer pressure. DJ Boring will be on the bill with a live set of his own danceable melancholia, but there’s also plenty more of that gritty, big-room sound from Brame & Hamo and debutants, Kiara Scuro.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH RELENTLESS ENERGY DRINK
Hessle Audio (extended set), Skee Mask B2B Zenker Brothers, Aurora Halal (Live), Roza
Terenzi B2B D. Tiffany, Tasha
Dax J B2B Kobosil, Blawan, 999999999 (Live), Benjamin Damage (Live), Anastasia Kristensen, Sama'
In the late-night cauldron of The Warehouse stage, our selectors explore where the thrillingly wild touches the experimental. The Hessle Audio trio of Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound will deliver their first London festival performance in over seven years and laser beam an extended B2B2B transmission from Planet Bass. Ilan Tapes’ Skee Mask and the Zenker Brothers will also post another triple header of junglist-adjacent rave and techno. Aurora Halal’s live techno performance will find the perfect arena in the Warehouse’s dark confines, and there will also be a B2B from the versatile duo of Roza Terenzi and D. Tiffany, and a smooth techno ride from respected boss of Neighbourhood, Tasha.
Anyone who relishes techno tartare will head straight for The Warehouse on Saturday for the raw B2B between the princes of the dark art, Dax J and Kobosil. A man whose appearances always generate thunderous noise from the speakers and the dancefloor is the ferocious Blawan, and his intensity will also be matched by live sets of sledgehammer acid from 999999999 and complex rhythms from Benjamin Damage. Anastasia Kristensen reconciles speedball techno with plenty of sonic diversity, and Sama’ will also weave her mix of melodicism and grimy toughness for the first time at Junction 2.
FRIDAY: HOSTED BY 9000 DREAMS
Avalon Emerson, Joy Orbison, Octo Octa B2B Eris Drew, Peach, Tasker
SATURDAY: HOSTED BY HALF BAKED
Seth Troxler B2B Margaret Dygas, Fumiya Tanaka, Traumer, Robin Ordell
Junction 2’s weekend resident, Avalon Emerson, will make her first appearance of the festival on the Friday with some multidirectional magic and stage hosting down at The Woods. As both selector and curator, Avalon’s encyclopaedic knowledge and faultless taste will come to bear with performances from post-dubstep pioneer, Joy Orbison, and a highly anticipated B2B from the ruling emissaries of the ecstatic Motherbeat, Octo Octa and Eris Drew. Can the small clearing in The Woods even contain all their joyful energy? The day will be rounded out by Peach, who will return to Junction 2 with more swinging house and techno, and Whities’ boundary-pushing boss, Tasker.
Cooking up a batch of deep, trippy house in The Woods on Saturday will be Seth Troxler and Margaret Dygas. It’s a pairing that’s never been heard in the UK before, but their mutual love for records that are subtle, involving and life affirming makes it a dead-cert winner. Japan’s Fumiya Tanaka fires out nuanced minimal tracks and hypnotises the dancefloor with the accuracy of a marksman, while Traumer and Half Baked’s Robin Ordell both combine minimal influences with jazzy licks and swirling filters.
THE LOADING BAY
Friday: Saoirse, Eclair Fifi, Cromby, Jordan, Effy
Francesco Del Garda, Binh, Omar, Sugar Free, Frankel & Harper
The Loading Bay will be a brand new stage for Junction 2 this year, a place to celebrate selectors whose names may be less well known but whose talents merit the best possible environment. Popular radio and club DJ, Saoirse, has built a reputation for body-moving sets that dart around between the choicest cuts, and she’s joined by LuckyMe-associate and seasoned NTS DJ, Éclair Fifi. Also on the bill will be the rabble-rousing, Panorama Bar-approved, Cromby, and the deep, dope sounds of Jordan.
It’s a cosmopolitan affair on Saturday as Italy’s house obsessive, Francesco Del Garda, will show the Loading Bay dancers the results of his devotion to finding and playing groovy, sensual house. Then there’s also Binh, a minimal and house connoisseur who also specialises in throwing light on forgotten gems. Omar has an electro-tinged take on house and techno, although he’s more than capable of making it as deep or as rowdy as the situation requires. Sugar Free is one of the ‘party in a bus’ DJs who drive around Berlin, so she certainly knows how to make a space rock with funk and bounce. Finally, there’s Frankel & Harper, a dynamic production and DJ duo responsible for some very stylish tech house cuts with a garage swing.