Junction 2 returns to London’s Boston Manor Park again for 2021, set to deliver some incomparable sounds from the biggest established acts. They will also be showcasing the up and comers of the house and techno genres.
Selling out in advance every year, the lineups for Junction 2 are a testament to the electronic music scene as a whole. Having invited the likes of Nina Kraviz, Tale Of Us, Carl Cox, Ame, Adam Beyer, Len Faki and many more top DJs and producers.
Junction 2 promises to deliver the missing energy of 2020, Delivering a refreshing vibe that’s well needed after a pandemic.
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From the fall of the Wall until the present day, electronic music and its scene full of alternative-thinkers and creatives have thrived in this urban landscape. The abandoned industrial units that once supplied the East have long been liberated. They live on, transformed into inconspicuous dance meccas shielded away from the day walkers.
For Junction 2: Connections, streamed from one of the most striking features of the city’s skyline; the TV Tower. Its sleek spire and domed summit give it an air of futurism. Berlin lays claim to producing a lineage of international underground talent – many of whom have become J2 alumni. Favourites such as Innervisions mastermind Dixon, the photonic Ben Klock, and Germanic warrior Rødhåd have all been honoured, guests. Rightfully, all three heavyweights have been invited to represent their city at Junction 2: Connections. Joining this illustrious line-up is a pair of trailblazers from North and South America, who have relocated to Berlin. Record label owner and lover of dark disco grooves, Terr is our first, while the provocative and explicit LSDXOXO completes the bill.
It was here that a future-leaning, machine-made form of soul music was found and developed. Synthetic in nature, but organic in substance. Techno, as it became to be known, was truly the music of the future.
Detroit’s musical exploits were always its biggest achievement. Given its history, it has always been important for Junction 2 to honour Detroit and make sure our fans and community never forget our culture’s roots. It was a prerequisite that the birthplace of techno, the scene’s origin, was part of Connections.
It’s no accident that throughout the 20th Century numerous musical revolutions sprung from this urban battleground. Detroit has proven to be the perfect breeding ground for artistic innovation from the Motown empire to rock gods with guitars and disaffected rap outliers. And electronic music too can lay claim to Detroit as a place of significance.
Little more than a concrete shell, Millennium Mills is the epitome of urban decay. It’s exactly the kind of location we love: stark and foreboding with great acoustics and contrasting light. Being part of The Royal Docks in East London, the early 20th Century building is full of character and well within the city limits.
During its colourful past, Millennium Mills produced flour, before it was heavily damaged in the Blitz. You may still recognise its rugged interior from TV shows, and film shoots or used as the backdrop for music videos. In some ways, it’ll be coming full circle with Junction 2: Connections. As one of the first artists to use the space was electronic pioneer Jean Michel Jarre. We see the incredible aesthetic the site offers, as he did for his boundary-pushing Destination Docklands light installation back in 1988. Over 30 years later, music and canvas are thrust together again in this derelict, dockside warehouse.
Earmarked for redevelopment in 2021, Junction 2: Connections stream may be one of the last few uses of the Mills in its current condition and we intend to give this historic site the show it deserves. The final ingredients are the talent who will be on the show. To stamp London’s signature on proceedings, we have called upon some hometown and adopted residents to do the city justice.
One of the standout producers of 2020, Daniel Avery cosies up alongside Oz export HAAi for an exclusive B2B sure to head off into various tangents. Encapsulating the full helix of London sounds, from techno to house, D&B to dubstep, our favourite trio Hessle Audio will also be on hand to rep the city. Changing the tempo, Mount Kimbie will deliver a DJ set sure to contain a mix of electro, ambient sounds, and traditional 4/4 dance music. Completing the billing, NTS radio’s Peach and OK Williams adds further diversity to the musical palette, which promises to touch on every shade between J2’s central house and techno philosophy.